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Common Sense

By Paine, Thomas

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Reproduction Date: 2005

Title: Common Sense  
Author: Paine, Thomas
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Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
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Paine, T. (n.d.). Common Sense. Retrieved from http://www.hawaiilibrary.net/


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Introduction: Perhaps the sentiments contained in the following pages, are not YET sufficiently fashionable to procure them general favour; a long habit of not thinking a thing WRONG, gives it a superficial appearance of being RIGHT, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more converts than reason. As a long and violent abuse of power, is generally the Means of calling the right of it in question (and in Matters too which might never have been thought of, had not the Sufferers been aggravated into the inquiry) and as the King of England hath undertaken in his OWN RIGHT, to support the Parliament in what he calls THEIRS, and as the good people of this country are grievously oppressed by the combination, they have an undoubted privilege to inquire into the pretensions of both, and equally to reject the usurpation of either. In the following sheets, the author hath studiously avoided every thing which is personal among ourselves. Compliments as well as censure to individuals make no part thereof. The wise, and the worthy, need not the triumph of a pamphlet; and those whose sentiments are injudicious, or unfriendly, will cease of themselves unless too much pains are bestowed upon their conversion.

Table of Contents
Table of Contents: Common Sense, 1 -- Thomas Paine, 1 -- Introduction, 1 -- OF THE ORIGIN AND DESIGN OF GOVERNMENT IN GENERAL. WITH CONCISE -- REMARKS ON THE ENGLISH CONSTITUTION, 2 -- OF MONARCHY AND HEREDITARY SUCCESSION, 5 -- THOUGHTS ON THE PRESENT STATE OF AMERICAN AFFAIRS, 9 -- OF THE PRESENT _ABILITY_ OF _AMERICA_, WITH SOME MISCELLANEOUS -- _REFLECTIONS_, 17 -- APPENDIX, 23

 

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