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Lantern, 1765—75; hung from North Church, Boston
Tinned iron, glass; probably manufactured in England. Concord Museum, Concord, MA. One if by land, and two if by…
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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.