An enduring preoccupation of scholars and admirers of Thomas Paine is morbidly fascinating: where in the world are Paine's remains?
Moncure Conway, the first president of the Thomas Paine National Historical Association (TPNHA), once remarked that “Thomas Paine’s life up to 1809, when he died is interesting; but Thomas Paine’s life from that time to 1860 is more than interesting – it is thrilling!”
On my first day as a Gardiner Fellow at the Institute for Thomas Paine Studies (ITPS), I uncovered a speech written in the distinctive handwriting of William Van Der Weyde, president of the Thomas Paine National Historical Association (TPNHA) from 1914 to 1929.
by Michael Crowder,
Gardiner Archival Fellow, ITPS