My country is the world, and my religion is to do good.
— Thomas Paine, 1791
Portrait by Charles Willson Peale, 1783 - 84
Portrait to come. See entry in Wikipedia.
Paine’s pamphlet Common Sense (1775), urging the colonies to declare their independence, found 150,000 purchasers in a population of less than 3 million — the equivalent today of a sale of 14 million.
— Richard Brookhiser
Gentleman Revolutionary: Gouverneur Morris, the Rake Who Wrote the Constitution (2003)
Benjamin Franklin. Age on 4 July 1776: 70.
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