The Life and Works of Thomas Paine - Vol. 7

By Thomas Paine; William M. Van der Weyde | Go to book overview

TO THE SHERIFF OF THE COUNTY OF SUSSEX OR THE GENTLEMAN WHO SHALL PRESIDE AT THE MEETING TO BE HELD AT LEWES, JULY FOURTH

DATED AT LONDON, JUNE 30, 1792.

SIR: I have seen in the Lewes newspapers, of June twenty-fifth, an advertisement, signed by sundry persons, and also by the sheriff, for holding a meeting at the townhall of Lewes, for the purpose, as the advertisement states, of presenting an address on the late Proclamation for suppressing writings, books, etc. And as I conceive that a certain publication of mine, entitled "Rights of Man," in which, among other things, the enormous increase of taxes, placemen, and pensioners, is shown to be unnecessary and oppressive, is theparticular writing alluded to in the said publication

SO ludicrously did the attempt of the British Government to suppress the "Rights of Man" strike its author that his frequent toast uas, "The best way of advertising good books--by prosecution." At the same time, Paine was something of an advertising genius himself, and never failed to secure such publicity as offered.

The accompanying letter is a case in point. Paine's object in writing it was to advertise his cause. He goes so far as naïvely to "request the sheriff, or any other person, to read this letter publicly to the company who shall assemble . . . to hear an address on the late Proclamation for suppressing writings, books, etc."

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