Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Thomas Paine -- a world overrun with fables and creeds.

"The world has been over run with fable and creeds of human invention." Thomas Paine to Samuel Adams, 1803.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Thomas Paine -- the social nature of mankind.

"Man, were he not corrupted by governments, is naturally the friend of man." Thomas Paine, Rights of Man II, 1792.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Sale price -- Thomas Paine to John Hustler, 12 July 1789

The above referenced letter sold at Sothebys for 10,000 GBP -- that's $16,132.97 USD at today's exchange.


Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Thomas Paine -- flattery v. service to mankind.

"It is not my custom to flatter, but to serve mankind." Thomas Paine, Common Sense on Financing the War, 1782.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

New Paine letter? Thomas Paine to John Hustler, 12 July 1789

There is a letter from Thomas Paine to John Hustler, 12 July 1789
going to auction this Thursday, 17 December 2009, at Sothebys in
London, U.K. Click on the link below and wait a bit -- it takes a
while to load and then look at the fourth lot counted from the
upper left.


The only mention I can find in the standard literature on Paine
is in Keane at p.587 and it appears, moreover, that this letter is
not included in any of the standard Paine collections. Your
comments solicited. Another big thanks to the ever alert Alaine Lowell
for spotting and sharing this.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Thomas Paine -- Reason and Prejudice

"Reason, like time, will make its own way, and prejudice will fall in a combat with interest." Thomas Paine, Rights of Man II, 1792.