At this table the Quaker chieftain, whom Danton rallied for hoping to make revolutions with rose water, unsheathed his pen and animated his Round Table of Reformers for a con?ict free from the bloodshed he had witnessed in America, and saw threatening France. This little table was the field chosen for the battle of free speech its abundant ink-spots were the shed blood of hearts transfused with humanity. I do not wonder that Rickman was wont to show the table to his visitors, or that its present owner, Edward Truelove - a bookseller who has suffered imprisonment for selling pro scribed books, - should regard it with reverence.
The table is what was once called a candle-stand, and there stood on it, in my vision, Paine's clear, honest candle, lit from his inner light, now cov ered by a bushel of prejudice. I myself had once supposed his light an infernal torch now I sat at the ink-spotted candle-stand to write the first page of this history, for which I can invoke nothing higher than the justice that inspired what Thomas Paine here wrote.
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Publisher - Forgotten Books
Language - English
Author(s) - Moncure Daniel Conway
Published Date - August 23 2019
ISBN - 9781528569934
Dimesions - 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.5 cm
Page Count - 400
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