The law should be equal for all, whether it rewards or punishes, whether it protects or restrains.
— Thomas Paine, 1792
by Charles Willson Peale
Oil on canvas; 20-7/8 x 17 in. Independence National Historical Park, Portrait Collection (Second Bank of the United States), Philadelphia, PA.
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)
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