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From Henretta and James, we understand that Thomas enrolled and quickly served as a privateer, before coming back to Britain in 1759. There, he turned into an expert stay-producer, building up a shop in Sandwich, Kent. On September 27, 1759, Thomas Paine wedded Mary Lambert. His business given way before long. Mary got to be pregnant; and, after they moved to Margate, she went into early labor, in which she and their unborn child passed on (Henretta, 2011).
On March 26, 1771, at 34 years old, he wedded Elizabeth Ollive, his landowner's daughter.On June 4, 1774, he formally isolated from his wife Elizabeth and moved to London, where, in September, mathematician, Fellow of the Royal Society, and Commissioner of the Excise George Lewis Scott acquainted him with Benjamin Franklin, who proposed resettlement to British colonial America (Ayer, 1990).
- Ayer, Alfred Jules (1990). Thomas Paine. University of Chicago Press. p. 1.ISBN 0-226-03339-2.
- Henretta, James A. et al. (2011). America's History, Volume 1: To 1877. Macmillan. p. 165. ISBN 9780312387914.
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