Guillotine further antedated

Stephen Goranson goranson at DUKE.EDU
Wed Apr 30 12:00:00 UTC 2014

May 1, 1792. Diary or Woodfall's Register (London, England), Tuesday, May 1, 1792; issue 970 (British Newspapers 1600-1950) page 1 col.3(-4 article continues)
April 25
The honour of the invention being due to M. Guillotin, physician, political writer, and a distinguished Member of the first Assembly, it is universally called the _Guillotine_.

Fred Shapiro wrote:
guillotine (OED 1793)

1792 _Evening Mail_ (London) 23 July - 25 July (British Newspapers 1600-1950)  The same Minister demanded, that the mode of punishment be fixed on, to be executed in consequence of sentences from Courts Martial, -- in Camps where the Guillotine has not yet been introduced.

Stephen Goranson

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