Philipse, Frederick III

Yonkers, NY — Home to loyalist Frederick Philipse III who successfully evaded the arrest ordered by General Washington in 1776; he eventually made his way to England.

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)