Paul Myles: The Rise of Thomas Paine
Thomas Paine, the political activist and a founding fathers of the United States, lived in Lewes from 1768-1774, during which time he wrote ‘The Case of the Officers of Excise’, a pamphlet condemning corruption within the customs and excise service, and developed some of the ideas that ultimately led to American independence.
In this talk Paul Myles, a native of Lewes, will discuss the research for his new book on Paine, exploring the influence of radical newspaper The Sussex Weekly Advertiser and the revolutionary spirit of Lewes, as well as the wider political situation that inspired Paine to leave England for America.
Copies of ‘The Rise of Thomas Paine and the Case of the Officers of Excise’ by Paul Myles will be for sale on the day.
Image of Thomas Paine (artist unknown) by courtesy of the Sussex Archaeological Society
Doors open at 7:00pm and all are welcome for free refreshments and updates on the Group’s activities. The talk will begin promptly at 7:30pm and will finish by 9.00pm.
There is an entry fee for these meetings, payable at the door, of £1 for members, and £3 for non-members.
Venue: The King’s Church building on Brooks Road, Lewes, BN7 2BY. (Between Tesco car park and Homebase)
See the Meetings page for a list of forthcoming monthly talks organised by the Lewes History Group.