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|I found it as far as the 1792 edition
Written by Graciela
(10/4/2011 11:49 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Yes, penned by Rachel G
Below is a link to it in Google Books. (Note that it uses the "s" form that looks like an "f").
JA uses the word in that sense in Mansfield Park:
Susan looking, as she put the kettle on the fire and glanced at her sister, as if divided between the agreeable triumph of shewing her activity and usefulness, and the dread of being thought to demean herself by such an office.
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