[Ads-l] An early spelling as "caucus" (1765)

Joel Berson berson at ATT.NET
Sat Sep 5 13:40:06 UTC 2015

It is alleged that the Boston Evening Post of 1765 May 13 has a satirical essay on James Otis entitled "Jemibullero", with the following:

"And Jemmy's in the CAUCUS and Jemmy's in the REPS"

The earliest spelling as "caucus" currently in the OED is 1788 (Gordon).


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