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In , he wrote his first pamphlet, an argument tracing the work grievances of his fellow excise officers. Paine printed 4, copies and distributed them to members of British Parliament. In , Paine met Benjamin Franklin , who is believed to have persuaded Paine to immigrate to America, providing Paine with a letter of introduction. Three months later, Paine was on a ship to America, nearly dying from a bout of scurvy.
Paine immediately found work in journalism when he arrived in Philadelphia, becoming managing editor of Philadelphia Magazine. By the end of that year, , copies—an enormous amount for its time—had been printed and sold. It remains in print today.
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In it, Paine argues that representational government is superior to a monarchy or other forms of government based on aristocracy and heredity. Paine also claimed that the American colonies needed to break with England in order to survive and that there would never be a better moment in history for that to happen. He argued that America was related to Europe as a whole, not just England, and that it needed to freely trade with nations like France and Spain. Starting in April , Paine worked for two years as secretary to the Congressional Committee for Foreign Affairs and then became the clerk for the Pennsylvania Assembly at the end of In March , the assembly passed an abolition act that freed 6, slaves , to which Paine wrote the preamble.
Washington appealed to Congress to no avail, and went so far as to plead with all the state assemblies to pay Paine a reward for his work.
Only two states agreed: New York gifted Paine a house and a acre estate in New Rochelle, while Pennsylvania awarded him a small monetary compensation. The Revolution over, Paine explored other pursuits, including inventing a smokeless candle and designing bridges. Paine published his book Rights of Man in two parts in and , a rebuttal of the writing of Irish political philosopher Edmund Burke and his attack on the French Revolution , of which Paine was a supporter. Paine journeyed to Paris to oversee a French translation of the book in the summer of Paine himself was threatened with execution by hanging when he was mistaken for an aristocrat, and he soon ran afoul of the Jacobins, who eventually ruled over France during the Reign of Terror, the bloodiest and most tumultuous years of the French Revolution.
In Paine was arrested for treason because of his opposition to the death penalty, most specifically the mass use of the guillotine and the execution of Louis XVI.
He was detained in Luxembourg, where he began work on his next book, "The Age of Reason. Released in , partly thanks to the efforts of President James Monroe , Paine became convinced that George Washington had conspired with French revolutionary politician Maximilien de Robespierre to have Paine imprisoned.
The Federalists used the letter in accusations that Paine was a tool for French revolutionaries who also sought to overthrow the new American government. The first volume functions as a criticism of Christian theology and organized religion in favor of reason and scientific inquiry.
Though often mistaken as an atheist text, The Age of Reason is actually an advocacy of deism and a belief in God. The second volume is a critical analysis of the Old Testament and the New Testament of the Bible , questioning the divinity of Jesus Christ. By , Paine was able to sail to Baltimore. Still, newspapers denounced him and he was sometimes refused services. A minister in New York was dismissed because he shook hands with Paine. On his deathbed, his doctor asked him if he wished to accept Jesus Christ before passing.
Estate auctioneers refused to sell human remains and the bones became hard to trace.
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In , the city of New Rochelle launched an effort to gather the remains and give Paine a final resting place. Thomas Paine. Jerome D.
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