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"In 1846, William John Thomas, who contributed the term folklore to the English language, commented in The Athenaeum that "belief in fairies is by no means extinct in England" (Merton, p. 1846, 55).
"By no means extinct" and "very common" are almost opposites. AE was a theosophist and a spiritualist. Same with Yeats. You are dreaming if you think that the average literate Englishperson in 1846 believed that fairies existed.