The Genuine Trial of Thomas Paine


Category: Liberty & Human Dignity and Politics

By Thomas Paine

Published in 1793

Reference #1386

Second Edition, Corrected. Taken in Short-Hand by E. Hodgson. ‘The Genuine Trial of Thomas Paine for a Libel Contained in the Second Part of Rights of Man; at GuildHall, London, Dec. 18, 1792, Before Lord Kenyon and a Special Jury: Together with the Speeches at Large of the Attorney-General and Mr. Erskine, and Authentic Copies of Mr. Paine’s Letters to the Attorney-General and Others, On the Subject of the Prosecution.’

“Paine issued his Rights of Man, Part the Second, Combining Principle and Practice in February 1792. It detailed a representative government with enumerated social programs to remedy the numbing poverty of commoners through progressive tax measures… An indictment for seditious libel followed, for both publisher and author…The authorities aimed, with ultimate success, to chase Paine out of Great Britain. He was then tried in absentia and found guilty though never executed.”