Proverb Question

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Thu Nov 10 14:48:17 UTC 2005

The earliest occurrence I have found for the proverb "A chain is no
stronger than its weakest link" (in that exact wording) is dated 1861.  Is
anyone able to uncover an earlier example than that?

Fred Shapiro

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