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    First historical reference

    Do you know who made the first known historical reference to 'the great unwashed'

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    Re: First historical reference

    It was given in an encyclopedia at the beginning of the last century:
    http://www.fromoldbooks.org/Wood-Nut...washedthe.html

    That's the earliest reference I have found, so it is a fairly old expression.

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