Further Antedatings of "Patriotism"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Wed Dec 25 13:55:58 UTC 2013

patriotism (OED 1716)

1710? _Resolutions and reasons of the farmers in the shire of Berwick, against importing or encouraging French brandy, or other foreign prohibited spirits_ 4-5 (Eighteenth Century Collections Online)  So that, it being in the Power of Custom to reconcile People to the Taste of Whisky, in some short Tract of Time, we think a very small Dash of Patriotism may make them dispense with it at the Beginning.

1712 William King _Rufinus_ 20 (Eighteenth Century Collections Online)  _Rufinus_ was not a little surprized to find his old Friends, the _Populace_, turned upon him, and assuming a Spirit of Patriotism.

Fred Shapiro

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