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“The memorandum cited “the important situation of Affairs,” “the Propriety and even necessity of informing the People and rousing them into Action,” and “the Abilities of Mr. Thomas Paine as a Writer.””
“It was intended as a show of strength, but two days before, a crowd of radicals accosted Whitehead Humphreys, an ironmonger who had the temerity to publish a tract defending Robert Morris and denouncing Thomas Paine as a Tory.”
“Among the principal free-thinkers may be mentioned Voltaire, Thomas Paine (the Rights of Man), Renan,”
“The Catholic Church says the most irreverent things about matters which are sacred to the Protestants, and the Protestant Church retorts in kind about the confessional and other matters which Catholics hold sacred; then both of these irreverencers turn upon Thomas Paine and charge him with irreverence.”
“Thomas Paine later made a similar claim; this was supported by a letter he sent in late May to Blair McClenaghan, a wealthy merchant and an old friend.”
“With Robert Morris on the sidelines, Congress renamed the Committee of Secret Correspondence as the Committee for Foreign Affairs, appointed Thomas Paine as the committee secretary, and named James Lovell as chairman.”
“It is already sagaciously hinted, that Mr. Thomas Paine may be a spy, and every householder who receives a lodger or visitor, and every proprietor who lets a house, is obliged to register the names of those he entertains, or who are his tenants, and to become responsible for their conduct.”
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