Common Sense, British Edition

Of the Present Ability of America, with Some Miscellaneous Reflexions

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relationship expires, the affection will increase, or that we
shall agree, better, when we have ten times more and greater
concerns to quarrel over than ever ?

Ye that tell us of harmony and reconciliation, can ye re-
store to us the time that is past ? Can ye give to prostitution
its former innocence ? Neither can ye reconcile Britain and
America. The last cord now is broken, the people of Eng-
land are presenting addresses against us. There are injuries
which nature cannot forgive she would cease to be nature if
she did. As well can the lover forgive the ravisher of his
mistress, as the continent forgive the murders of Britain.
The Almighty hath inplanted in us these unextinguishable feelings for good and wise purposes. They are the guardians
of his image in our, hearts.
They distinguish us from the
herd of common animals. The social compact would dis-
solve, and justice be extirpated the earth, or have only a
casual existence were we callous to the touches of affection.
The robber and the murderer, would often escape unpunish-
ed, did not the injuries which our tempers sustain, provoke
us into justice.

O ye that love mankind ; Ye that dare oppose, not only
the tyranny, but the tyrant, stand forth ; Every spot of the
old world is overrun with oppression. Freedom hath been
hunted round the globe. Asia and Africa, have long ex-
pelled her—Europe regards her like a stranger, and England
hath given her warning to depart.
O ! receive the fugitive,
and prepare in time an asylum for mankind.

Of the present ABILITY of AMERICA, with
some miscellaneous REFLEXIONS,

I Have never met with a man, either in England or Ame-
rica, who hath not confessed his opinion, that a separation
between the countries, would take place one time or other;
And there is no instance, in which we have shewn less judg-
ment, then in endeavouring to describe, what we call the
ripeness or fitness of the Continent for independance.

As all men allow the measure, and vary only in their opi-
nion of the time, let us, in order to remove mistakes, take a
generl survey of things, and endeavour, if possible, to find
out the very time. But we need not go far, the inquiry



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