Paine was born in Thetford, an English country town, where his Quaker father, Joseph Pain [sic] was a corset maker.
Dear Sir Since my last, which was of May I have received yours of June I am struck with the idea of the geometrical wheelbarrow, and will beg of you a further account if it can be obtained.
Tho you have doubtless heard most of the proceedings of the States general since my last, I will take up the narration where that left it, that you may be able to separate the true from the false accounts you have heard.
A good part of what was conjecture in that letter is now become true history. A conciliatory proposition from the king having been accepted by the Nobles with such modifications as amounted to a refusal, the Commons voted it to be a refusal, and proceeded to give a last invitation to the clergy and nobles to join them, and to examine the returns of elections.
This done they declared themselves the National assembly, resolved that all the subsisting taxes were illegally imposed, but that they might continue to be paid to the end of their present session and no longer.
A majority of the clergy determined to accept their invitation and came and joined them. The king, by the advice of Mr.
Necker, determined to hold a seance royale, and to take upon himself to decide what should be done. That decision as prepared by Necker was favorable to the Commons.
The Aristocratical party made a furious effort, prevailed on the king to change the decision totally in favor of the other orders, and at the seance royale he delivered it accordingly.
The Common chamber that is the Tiers and majority of the clergy who had joined them bound themselves together by a solemn oath never to separate till they had accomplished the work for which they had met. Paris and Versailles were thrown into tumult and riot. They did so, and thus the victory of the Tiers became complete.
It was discovered at length that great bodies of troops and principally of the foreign corps were approaching Paris from different quarters. They arrived in the number of 25, or 30, men.
Great inquietude took place, and two days ago the Assembly voted an address to the king for an explanation of this phaenomenon and removal of the troops.
His answer has not been given formally, but he verbally authorised their president to declare that these troops had nothing in view but the quiet of the Capital; and that that being once established they should be removed.
The fact is that the king never saw any thing else in this measure; [but those who advised him to it, assuredly meant by the presence of the troops to give him confidence, and to take advantage of some favorable moment to surprize some act of authority from him.
For this purpose they had got the military command within the isle of France transferred to the Marshall de Broglio, a high flying aristocrat, cool and capable of every mischief. The executive and the aristocracy are now at their feet: They have prostrated the old government, and are now beginning to build one from the foundation.
A committee charged with the arrangement of their business, gave in, two days ago, the following order of proceedings. Monarchical government being proper to maintain these rights, it has been chosen by the French nation. It suits especially a great society; it is necessary for the happiness of France.
The Declaration of the principles of this government then should follow immediately the declaration of the rights of man. It should begin by declaring the rights of the French nation, and then it should declare the rights of the king. The rights of the king and nation not existing but for the happiness of the individuals who compose it, they lead to an examination of the rights of citizens.
From the union of the powers of the nation and king should result the enacting and execution of the laws: Laws have for their object the general administration of the kingdom, the property and the actions of the citizens.
The execution of the laws which concern the general administration requires provincial and municipal assemblies. It is necessary to examine then, what should be the organisation of the provincial assemblies, and what of the municipal.
The execution of the laws which concern the property and actions of the citizens call for a Judiciary power. For the execution of the laws and the defence of the kingdom, there exists a public force.In recent decades, the role of deism in the American founding has become highly charged.
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