Laurens, John

PA — 11 September 1777.
PA — 4 October 1777.
NJ — 28 June 1778.
Charleston, SC — 29 March—12 May 1780.
VA — 28 September - 19 October 1781.

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)