Date: Tue, 14 Mar 1995 11:21:16 -0500 From: AAllan[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM Subject: Sam in 1839 Flexner probably got his 1839 cite from a work we should keep on our reference shelves, _A Dictionary of Americanisms on Historical Principles_ by Mitford M. Mathews (Chicago, 1951), (right next to Craigie's _Dictionary of American English_). The citation is, Havanna (N.Y.) Republican, 21 August 1839: What in sam hill is that feller ballin' about? - Allan Metcalf