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Τ Η Ο Μ Α S Ρ Α Ι Ν Ε

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HARVARD
UNIVERSITY

LIBRARY
Nov. 12. 1948

HESE are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier

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vice of his country; but he that stands it NOW, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; 'tis dearness only that gives everything its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed, if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated.

-THE CRISIS

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HOMAS PAINE was an Eng-
lish mechanic, of Quaker ori.
gin, born in the year 1737. He
was the author of four books
that have influenced mankind
profoundly. These books are,
" Common Sense,” “The Age
of Reason," "The Crisis," and
“The Rights of Man."
In 1774, when he was thirty-
seven years old he came to

America bearing letters of in-
troduction from Benjamin Franklin.
On arriving at Philadelphia he soon found work as
editor of “The Pennsylvania Magazine."
In 1775, in the magazine just named, he openly advo-
cated, and prophesied a speedy separation of the
American Colonies from England w He also threw a
purple shadow over his popularity by declaring his
abhorrence of chattel slavery.
His writings, from the first, commanded a profound
attention, and on the advice and suggestion of Dr. Ben-
jamin Rush, an eminent citizen of Philadelphia, the
scattered editorials and paragraphs on human rights,
covering a year, were gathered, condensed, revised,
made into a book.
This “pamphlet,” or paper-bound book, was called
“ Common Sense.”

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