a well known Engine us’d both on Land and at Sea
to land. At sea, even then 1858
Lay the Land, to lay the land, at sea,
signifies to sail out of sight of land. 1707
they appear as bluffs of land at sea 1815
distant sails or the first loom of the land.
At sea there is nothing to be seen close by 1896
Sea, see Say. 1904
the resemblance of an head land at sea. 1799
confined to the Land; at Sea, tho’ at ever so small a Distance, the Air is always free from the noxious Vapours, which alone occasion that Sickliness and Mortality. 1765
Tis well you are by land, at sea 1673
some — not all — of the pre-aeronautical instances of to land at sea (and those, mostly, proximity hits) encountered via the usual means.
To land at sea — my method in nuce. sources below.
John Cassell’s illustrated history of England *
Thomas Blount (1618-1679 *). Glossographia Anglicana Nova: Or, A Dictionary, Interpreting Such Hard Words of Whatever Language, as are at present used in the English Tongue, with their etymologies, definitions, &c. *
ex William Wordsworth, “To the Daisy” in Epitaphs and Elegiac Poems. *
Sarah Orne Jewett (1849-1909 *). The Country of the Pointed Firs. *
Joseph Wright (1855-1930 *), ed., English Dialect Dictionary (vol. 5 R–S) *
a say being 1. A bucket; a vessel having two ears, a milk-pail; a tub.
Edward King (1735?-1807 *). Munimenta antiqua: or, Observations on antient castles, vol. 1. *
Thomas Whately (1726-72 *). The regulations lately made concerning the colonies and the taxes imposed upon them considered. *
John Dryden (1631-1700), “Amboyna, or the Cruelties of the Dutch to the English Merchants” (III.2), in Works (1808) *
on the play (1673), and on the Amboyna Massacre (1623)
19 December 2018
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