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Collection Reference Number GLC00281
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1792 
Title Columbian Centinel. [Vol. 17, no. 50 (September 1, 1792)] and Columbian Centinel. [Vol. 17, no. 51 (September 5, 1792)]
Date 1-5 September 1792
Author Russell, Benjamin (1761-1845)  
Additional authors Paine, Thomas (1737-1809)
Document Type Newspapers and Magazines
Content Description Includes two issues bound together. Issue 50 contains a letter written by Thomas Paine directed to Henry Dundas, Secretary of State for the Home Department in Great Britain. In the letter, Paine defends his work Rights of Man, stating "I do not believe there are to be found in the writings of any author, ancient or modern, on the subject of government, a spirit of greater benignity, and a stronger inculcation of moral principles than in those which I have published." Compares and upholds a representative system of government over a hereditary system. Contains reports regarding the French Revolution, Native Americans in the Northeast, and advertisements of sale. Issue 51 contains the conclusion of Paine's letter to Dundas. Paine states "In America there is not that class of poor and wretched people that are so numerously dispersed all over England, and who are to be told by a proclamation, that they are happy." Later Paine states that no national leader should be paid more than 10,000 pounds per year, and cites George Washington's salary as 5,625, which Washington refuses to accept. Compares poverty in Britain and America. Includes reports on affairs in France and Poland, including older French officers' dismay that men from any social class may obtain commissions. Contains advertisements of sale.
Subjects President  Global History and Civics  Government and Civics  Literature and Language Arts  France  Rebellion  American Indian History  President  Finance  Economics  France  Military History  
People Russell, Benjamin (1761-1845)  Paine, Thomas (1737-1809)  Dundas, Henry (1742-1811)  Washington, George (1732-1799)  
Place written Boston, Massachusetts
Theme The Presidency; Foreign Affairs; Government & Politics; Arts & Literature; Native Americans; Banking & Economics
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859