origin of the phrase: the right to privacy

Dennis Baron debaron at ILLINOIS.EDU
Thu Jan 27 21:11:01 UTC 2011

Did the phrase "the right to privacy" originate with the essay of that name by Samuel Warren and Louis Brandeis in the Harvard Law Review of 1890? An OED search for the phrase yields that article as the earliest cite. I'm teaching the article in my Language and Law class next week, and I am curious to know if the phrase antedates that often cited article? (I wouldn't be surprised if it does.)

Dennis Baron
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