Writings of Thomas Paine — Volume 4 (1794-1796):

 
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Before sending out this final volume, I have rambled again in some of the fields harvested in my seven years labour on the Life and Works of Thomas Paine, and present the more important gleanings in these preliminary pages. I recently obtained from a solicitor of Rotherham, Mr. Rising, a letter (on whose large seal part of the Premains), written by Paine from London to Thomas Walker, Esq., a member of the firm which manufactured the large model of the iron bridge invented by the author, and exhibited at Paddington in June, 1790. The letter is dated February 26, 1789, and the first part, which relates to the bridge, is quoted in Appendix E. The political part, here given, relates to the controversy which arose on the insanity of George III., in which Mr. Fox and the Opposition maintained that the crown passed to the Prince of Wales by hereditary right, while the Pitt Ministry maintained that the Prince had no right during the King slifetime, more than any other person, though it was expedient to select him as the Regent, with restrictions on his power imposed by the two Houses of Parliament. Paine writes :W ith respect to News and Politics, the King is certainly greatly amended, but what is to follow from it is a matter of much uncertainty.
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English-born Thomas Paine left behind hearth and home for adventures on the high seas at nineteen. Upon returning to shore, he became a tax officer, and it was this job that inspired him to write The Case of the Officers of Excise in 1772. Paine then immigrated to Philadelphia, and in 1776 he published Common Sense, a defense of American independence from England. After returning to Europe, Paine wrote his famous Rights of Man as a response to criticism of the French Revolution. He was subsequently labeled as an outlaw, leading him to flee to France where he joined the National Convention. However, in 1793 Paine was imprisoned, and during this time he wrote the first part of The Age of Reason, an anti-church text which would go on to be his most famous work. After his release, Paine returned to America where he passed away in 1809.

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