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born - 9 February 1737, Thetford, Norfolk
lived in Lewes 1768-1774
died - 8 June 1809, New York, U.S.A.


Some Lewes Men of Note [including Tom Paine, Gideon Mantell, M. A. Lower and John Evelyn], by George Holman, published 1905 (88 pp., Lewes: W. E. Baxter) accessible at: The Keep [LIB/503447] & East Sussex Libraries

At the Sign of The Bull, Lewes with an account of Thomas Paine's residence in Lewes, by Walter H. Godfrey and J. M. Connell, published 1924 (xi + 35 pp., Lewes: Eyre & Spottiswoode) accessible at: The Keep [LIB/502882] & East Sussex Libraries

Some Lewes Men of Note [including Tom Paine, Gideon Mantell, M. A. Lower and John Evelyn], by George Holman, published 1927 (4th edition, 100 pp., Lewes: W. E. Baxter) accessible at: & West Sussex Libraries & East Sussex Libraries

Sussex and the U.S.A. 3 - Sussex and Thomas Paine, by David McLean, published 1930 in Sussex County Magazine (vol. IV no. 3, article, pp.184-190; no. 4, pp.293-301) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 2308][Lib 2309] & The Keep [LIB/500172]

Thomas Paine, by J. M. Connell, published 1939 (Longmans)

Thomas Paine: His Life, Work and Times, by Audrey Williamson, published 2 August 1973 (304 pp., Allen & Unwin, ISBN-10: 0049230611 & ISBN-13: 9780049230613) accessible at: The Keep [LIB/503912] & West Sussex Libraries & East Sussex Libraries

Thomas Paine and the Shocking Death of William Weston, by C. E. Brent, published 1993 in Sussex Archæological Collections (vol. 131, historical note, p.202) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 12210] & The Keep [LIB/500300] & S.A.S. library

Thomas Paine's Lewes, by Judy Moore, published 2000 (Seaford: S. B. Publications) accessible at: West Sussex Libraries

Tom Paine and Bull House: The revolutionary writer's Lewes connection, by David Powell, published December 2008 in Sussex Past & Present (no. 116, article, p.4, ISSN: 1357-7417) accessible at: The Keep [LIB/500475] & S.A.S. library   View Online
Two hundred and forty years have passed since Tom Paine first rode into Lewes, East Sussex to take up lodgings in Bull House. An Outrider with the Excise, he was to make it his home for the next six years, the quiet centre of the life of the man described by George Washington as "the godfather of our independence"; by Michael Foot as "the greatest exile ever to leave these shores"; and dismissed, slanderously, by Theodore Roosevelt as "that filthy little atheist" - but that is another story. . .

Thomas Paine in Lewes, 1768-1774: A Prelude to American Independence, by Colin Brent, Deborah Gage and Paul Myles, published 2009 (58 pp., Lewes: PM Trading, ISBN-10: 0953595544 & ISBN-13: 9780953595549) accessible at: The Keep [LIB/508964] & West Sussex Libraries & East Sussex Libraries
Despite its brevity, it has only fifty-eight pages, this book incorporates important new material derived from the largely unpublished research of the late George Hindmarch into the reasons why Paine embarked on writing his first recorded work, The Case of the Officers of Excise. This gives it an importance out of all proportion to its size. Robert Morrell, M.B.E. Editor, Journal of Radical History of the Thomas Paine Society. New knowledge about Thomas Paine in England before his departure to America is revealed. This represents a paradigm shift in pre American Paine research at the same time as describing a lively 18c Lewes and rich character accounts. Paine's nature is revealed through rigorous research of his career as an officer of excise. Paine spoke for the excisemen, including his superiors, with one voice to every member of both houses of Parliament, every exciseman and important businessmen of the day. His first pamphlet written in Lewes in 1772 ' The Case of the Officers of Excise' was the first nationwide unionisation in the United Kingdom and foreshadowed the modern lobbying system of green and white papers. Deborah Gage reveals insights to General Thomas Gage, the Commander in Chief of the British forces on the other side to Thomas Paine, which show that the British forces, as well as the colonists, suffered from King George III insensate policies. This is also a beautiful book if images showing a rare portrait of Paine painted in London in 1790, landscapes of Lewes in 1768, the year Paine rode into Lewes, by Dominic Serres, and an image of Clio Rickman by Hazlitt.This book was forged in the preparations for the 200th anniversary of Thomas Paine's life and shows Paine's debt, and possibly America's developmental debt to the Town of Lewes.

Thirty something: Thomas Paine at Bull House in Lewes 1768-74 - six formative years, by Colin Brent, published 2009 in Sussex Archæological Collections (vol. 147, article, pp.153-167) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 17254] & The Keep [LIB/500365] & S.A.S. library   View Online
In spring 2008 the Sussex Archaeological Society completed a thorough repair of Bull House as a prelude to welcoming visitors at regular intervals. And in July 2009 Lewes celebrated the two-hundredth anniversary of Thomas Paine's death at Greenwich near New York. So it seems timely to ponder the six years passed at Lewes by that 'Citizen of the World', arguably the most influential 'English' pamphleteer, herald of American Independence, father of British Radicalism, prophet of an 'Age of Reason'. And indeed, there is evidence that these years as an excise officer, shopkeeper and householder, as an assiduous juryman and vestryman, in a thriving county town and contentious parliamentary borough, did expose him to what he later identified in Rights of Man as 'republican' elements in English government and society. Moreover, during these years, his literary output, in verse and prose, seems already tinged with 'radical' sentiment, clearly and trenchantly expressed.

Revolution and Reason: Thomas Paine Festival takes place in Lewes, by Paul Mykes, published April 2009 in Sussex Past & Present (no. 117, article, p.7, ISSN: 1357-7417) accessible at: The Keep [LIB/500475] & S.A.S. library   View Online
The Thomas Paine Festival in Lewes will take place between July 4 and 14 2009, two hundred years after the death of Thomas Paine (June 1809).