Friday, February 17, 2012

His Name is Paine

On Feb. 19, 1776, John Adams wrote to British-born American General Charles Lee a letter "to introduce to your Acquaintance a Country man of yours and a Citizen of the World, to whom a certain Heretical Pamphlet called Common Sense, is imputed.  His Name is Paine.  He is traveling to N. York for his Curiosity and wishes to see a Gentln, whose Character he so highly respects."

Paul H. Smith, et al., editors, Letters of Delegates to Congress: Vol. 3: January 1, 1776-May 15, 1776 (Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 1978), page 277.
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