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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.”

    Robert Morris

  • 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.

    Robert Morris

  • Among the principal free-thinkers may be mentioned Voltaire, Thomas Paine (the Rights of Man), Renan,

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 6: Fathers of the Church-Gregory XI

  • 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.

    Is Shakespeare Dead?

  • 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.

    Robert Morris

  • 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.

    Robert Morris

  • 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.

    A Residence in France During the Years 1792 1793 1794 and 1795


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  • "Hannah Griffitts supported the early protests but balked at war. As a loyalist, she lambasted Tom Paine and defended tory womanhood against his aspersions:

    Of female Manners never scribble,
    Nor with thy Rudeness wound our Ear,
    Howe'er thy trimming Pen may quibble,
    The Delicate—is not thy Sphere.

    —Susan E. Klepp, Revolutionary Conceptions: Women, Fertility, and Family Limitation in America, 1760–1820 (Chapel Hill, N.C.: The University of North Carolina Press, for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, 2009), 92

    June 18, 2010