COMMON SENSE By Thomas PaineCommon SenseAddressed to theInhabitants of AmericaMan knows no Master save creating HEAVEN,Or those whom Choice and common Good ordain.THOMSON.February 14, 1776 INTRODUCTION. PERHAPS the sentiments contained in the following pages, are not yet sufficientlyfashionable to procure them general favor; a long habit of not thinking a thing wrong,gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry indefence of custom. But tumult soon subsides. Time makes more converts than reason.As a long and violent abuse of power, is generally the Means of calling the right of itin question (and in Matters too which might never have been thought of, had not theSufferers been aggravated into the inquiry) and as the King of England hath undertakenin his own Right, to support the Parliament in what he calls Theirs, and as the goodpeople of this country are grievously oppressed by the combination, they have anundoubted privilege to inquire into the pretensions of both, and equally to reject theusurpation of either.In the following sheets, the author hath studiously avoided every thing which ispersonal among ourselves. Compliments as well as censure to individuals make no partthereof. The wise, and the worthy, need not the triumph of a pamphlet; and those whosesentiments are injudicious, or unfriendly, will cease of themselves unless too much painsare bestowed upon their conversion.
I have to write something for these colonies to declare independence.
Thomas Pain came up with an idea! He decided to right an essay to voice his opinion out to urge the colonies to decelerate Independence.