Was born in Norfolk, in England, 1737; arrived in Philadelphia, 1774, where he was first employed as the editor of a Magazine, for Mr. Robert Aitken; published a book called Common Sense, 1776; was soon appointed by Congress, Secretary to the Committee of foreign affairs, which office he resigned, 1779; sailed for France, 1786, where he published a number of political tracts; went to England, 1788, and soon after published the rights of Man, for which he was prosecuted; appointed Deputy to the National Convention of France, to which country he removed, 1792; and soon after wrote the "Age of Reason." [P. 13.]
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