Problem with OED's First Use of "Capitalism"

James A. Landau <> JJJRLandau at NETSCAPE.COM
Sat Mar 24 12:31:51 UTC 2012

from Google Books:

Niles Weekly Register ---Saturday, July 22, 1815
page 365, column 1, starting 15 lines from bottom
"Antwerp, May 10---This city is in the utmost distress.---Failures are universal.  The most solid houses are trembling, and names hitherto respectable throughtout Europe,are falling entirely---the great capitalists are ruined by the depreciation of the bank paper of Vienna, Russia, Sweden, &c.  Thus our city,lately so flourishing,offers now only the spectacle of misery and wretchedness"

An Introduction to the Sudy of Political Economy, or Elementary View of the Manner In Which the Wealth of Nations Is Produced, Increased, Distributed, and Consumed.  By D. Boileau.  London: Printed for T. Cadell and W. Davies, in the Strand, 1811.

21 citations in the text, e.g. page 370 "Idle capitalists could not be met with in a country that had reached the highest possible pitch of prosperity, for if a capitalist lives on the mere interest of his money, there must be some individuals indebted to him <snip>"

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