This electronic book or e-book has been created to revisit a great
thinker & writer from our collective history. His name, Thomas
Paine, will live on till the end of our history as one of the many
great writers and thinkers of all time.
We celebrate the bicentenary of Tomas Paine’s death this year-
2009 and in the town of his birth - Thetford, Norfolk, England,
we are holding special events to commemorate his life and his
I hope this will help to make clear just how great a thinker, writ-
er and statesman Thomas Paine was for his time and how con-
troversial and how relevant his writings are even to this day.
Please pass this e-book along to all those you feel will gain
some value from it’s reading, especially the young!
ADDRESSED TO THE
I N H A B I T A N T S
A M E R I C A,
On the following interesting
S U B J E C T S.
I. Of The Origin and Design of Government in general,
with consice Remarks on the English Constitution
II. Of Monarchy and Hereditary Succession
III. Thoughts on the present State of American Affairs
IV. Of the present Ability of America, with some mis-
Man knows no Master save creating HEAVEN,
Or those whom choice and common good ordain
Thomas Paine - MDCCLXXVI - 1776
I. OF THE ORIGIN AND DESIGN OF GOVERNMENT IN
GENERAL, WITH CONCISE REMARKS ON THE ENGLISH
II. OF MONARCHY AND HEREDITARY SUCCESSION
III. THOUGHTS ON THE PRESENT STATE OF AMERICAN
IV. OF THE PRESENT ABILITY OF AMERICA, WITH SOME
erhaps the sentiments contained in the following pages,
are not YET sufficiently fashionable to procure them
general favour; a long habit of not thinking a thing
WRONG, gives it a superficial appearance of being RIGHT, and
raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom. But the
tumult soon subsides. Time makes more converts than reason.
As a long and violent abuse of power, is gen