The following interpretive essays offer context about topics pertaining to the British edition of  Common Sense in our collection. Follow the links below to read the essays. Links within each essay direct the reader to relevant material in the original source and its annotations.

Interpretive Essays and Exhibits (2 total)

Who was J. Almon?

by Kelly Schmidt

Who was "J. Almon, opposite Burlington-House, Piccadilly," the London printer who published the first British edition of Common Sense? What motivated him to publish this incendiary tract? What else did he publish? Find out more in this essay.

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Holes in the Cloth: What Got Left Out of the British Edition of Common Sense?

by Marie Pellissier

The first British edition of Common Sense has over twenty changes to the text, including censored portions and additions. Why did J. Almon, the British printer, make these changes, and what did he remove?

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