November 30, 1774, the ship London Packet arrived in the port of Philadelphia. 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.
you should write a pamphlet on independence
He had caught the deadly disease typhus. but a doctor in america had agreed to help him
Paine had arrived in the largest and most prosperous city in colonial America. Philadelphia was a bustling place of around 30,000 people and the third largest port in the British Empire. It was also a center of political activity. In fact, the Continental Congress had held its first meeting there not long before Paine's arrival.
we shall have independence
Rush encouraged Paine to write a pamphlet on independence, though he cautioned him not to use that word. The idea of independence made many colonists uneasy. It did not scare Paine, though. In October 1775, he began working on the essay he would call Common Sense.
By December, Paine had finished his essay.The first edition sold out in days. Paine had more copies printed, and those sold out, too. Within a few months, readers had bought more than 120,000 copies of Common Sense Common Sense was a runaway success. And Thomas Paine was America's first bestselling author.
Although Paine's words were powerful, his ideas were not new. Many other colonial leaders, such as Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams, had expressed similar thoughts. But Paine was able to put those ideas together in a single, compelling argument that spoke to a mass audience.