Baron H. de Dirckinck Holmfeldt (1835—1912)

by Baron H. de Dirckinck Holmfeldt (1835—1912)

Oil on canvas. Château Ramezay, Historic Site and Museum of Montréal, Canada.

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)