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Paine, Thomas (1737-1809) to Elisha Babcock

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06330 Author/Creator: Paine, Thomas (1737-1809) Place Written: New Rochelle, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 11 September 1804 Pagination: 2 p. : address ; 20.4 x 19.1 cm.

Summary of Content: Approves of the "Address of the Delegates from ninety seven Towns," which he calls a good beginning. Indicates that he is sending a pamphlet (not included) and describes it as the opposite of "poor John's [Adams] defence of the American Constitutions where every page contradicts the title." Asks that he be sent a newspaper.

Background Information: Babcock was the printer of the American Mercury newspaper.

People: Paine, Thomas, 1737-1809
Babcock, Elisha, 1753-1821
Adams, John, 1735-1826

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: PresidentState ConstitutionPetitionGovernment and CivicsPolitics

Sub Era: The Age of Jefferson & Madison

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