Still Further Antedating of "Guillotine"?

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sun May 11 23:38:19 UTC 2014

The citation below appears to be correctly dated, although, without knowing much about the history of guillotines, it seems to me "too early to be true":

guillotine (OED 1793)

"They have added the force of enthusiasm to the fury of an unholy war; a sort of anti-crusade, in which they bear the guillotine against the cross."
Debates on Mr. Ponsonby’s Motion for a Parliamentary Reform, page 9 (1790)
(Eighteenth Century Collections Online)

Fred Shapiro

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Subject: Guillotine further antedated

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.

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