Mutual fear is the principal link in the chain of mutual love, and woe be to that state that breaks the compact. This continent, Sir, is too extensive to sleep all at once, and too watchful, even in its slumbers, not to startle at the unhallowed foot of an invader.
It matters not where you live, or what rank of life you hold, the evil or the blessing will reach you all. The pamphlet, read aloud to the Continental Army on December 23,three days before the Battle of Trentonattempted to bolster morale and resistance among patriots, as well as shame neutrals and loyalists toward the cause: From an excess of tenderness, we were unwilling to raise an army, and trusted our cause to the temporary defence of a well-meaning militia.
A peace which would be the immediate forerunner of a worse ruin than any we have yet thought of. Our ammunition, light artillery, and the best part of our stores, had been removed, on the apprehension that Howe would endeavor to penetrate the Jerseys, in which case Fort Lee could be of no use to us; for it must occur to every thinking man, whether in the army or not, that these kind of field forts are only for temporary purposes, and last in use no longer than the enemy directs his force against the particular object which such forts are raised to defend.
Were the home counties to deliver up their arms, they would be exposed to the resentment of the back counties who would then have it in their power to chastise their defection at pleasure.
Many a disguised Tory has lately shown his head, that shall penitentially solemnize with curses the day on which Howe arrived upon the Delaware.
The ministry recommended the same plan to Gage, and this is what the tories call making their peace, "a peace which passeth all understanding" indeed! There are cases which cannot be overdone by language, and this is one. Paine maintains a positive view overall, hoping that this American crisis could be resolved quickly, "for though the flame of liberty may sometimes cease to shine, the coal can never expire.
Our situation there was exceedingly cramped, the place being a narrow neck of land between the North River and the Hackensack. They sift out the hidden thoughts of man, and hold them up in public to the world.
Wars, without ceasing, will break out till that period arrives, and the continent must in the end be conqueror; for though the flame of liberty may sometimes cease to shine, the coal can never expire.
Britain has trembled like an ague at the report of a French fleet of flat-bottomed boats; and in the fourteenth [fifteenth] century the whole English army, after ravaging the kingdom of France, was driven back like men petrified with fear; and this brave exploit was performed by a few broken forces collected and headed by a woman, Joan of Arc.
Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. Themes[ edit ] The first of the pamphlets was released during a time when the revolution was still viewed as an unsteady prospect.
Paine then gives some advice on how to do better in the war. Let it be told to the future world, that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive, that the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet and to repulse it.
Paine sees the British political and military maneuvers in the colonies as "impious; for so unlimited a power can belong only to God.Thomas Paine was similarly astute.
His Common Sense was the clarion call that began the revolution. As Washington’s troops retreated from New York through New Jersey, Paine again rose to the challenge of literary warfare.
With American Crisis, he delivered the words that would salvage the revolution. THOMAS PAINE, in his Will, speaks of this work as The American Crisis, remembering perhaps that a number of political pamphlets had appeared in London,under general title of "The Crisis." By the blunder of an early English The American Crisis by Thomas Paine.
The American Crisis is a pamphlet series by eighteenth century Enlightenment philosopher and author, Thomas Paine, originally published from to during the American Revolution.
Often known as, The American Crisis, or simply, The Crisis, there are 16 pamphlets in total. Thomas Paine. The American Crisis. Philadelphia, Styner and Cist, Lilly Library JCC pts. vault. click image for larger picture. Numbers December 19,January 13,April 19, Number 1 of this series is of particular historical interest, for it was written during Washington's retreat across the Delaware.
In The American Crisis articles, Thomas Paine wrote of his support for an independent and self-governing America during the trials of the American Revolution in General George Washington found the first essay of the series so motivating that he actually ordered it be read to all of the troops at Valley Forge.
Full text of Thomas Paine's --American Crisis--December 23, THESE are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.Download