Charles-Nicolas Cochin (1715—90)

drawn by Charles-Nicolas Cochin (1715—90)

Engraving by Augustin de Saint-Aubin (1736—1807). William Smith Mason Collection, Yale University, New Haven, CT.

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)