[Ads-l] Antedating of "Underground Railroad"

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Sat Nov 15 16:00:12 UTC 2014

At 11/14/2014 10:37 PM, Shapiro, Fred wrote:
>Underground Railroad (OED 1856)
>1842 _New-York Spectator_ 28 Sept. 2 (America's Historical 
>Newspapers)  Sam. Weller is requested to tell the slave-holders that 
>we passed twenty-six prime slaves to the land of freedom last week, 
>and several more this week thus far.  Don't know what the end of the 
>week will foot up.  All went by 'the underground railroad.'

How will Sam Weller pronounce "railroad"?


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