No one was more outspoken in his support for independence than Patrick Henry of Virginia.
On board was a 37-year-old Englishman named Thomas Paine. Paine was not even aware that he had landed in America. He was burning up with fever and was barely conscious. He had caught the deadly disease typhus, which had already killed several people on board.
Paine was lucky to be alive, but he was still very ill. Unable to walk, he was carried ashore in a blanket. A local doctor agreed to nurse him back to health.
this is a big town
Paine's life had gone well. He had held—and lost—a number of different jobs.
Paine had met Franklin in London and had impressed him with his sharp mind and his interest in science and politics.
Paine had arrived in the largest and most prosperous city in colonial America