To the Continental Congress May 20, 1779

To the Continental Congress May 20, 1779

PHILADELPHIA,

HONORABLE SIRS:

Understanding that Mr. Deane has mentioned or alluded to me, in his narrative, and likewise to this Honorable [body], I request that I may be admitted to a per[usal] of the originals, or furnished copies of such parts of his narrative and letters as refer [to] me either by name or as the author of the Publication under the signature of Common Sense of which Publications [I] am the author. If the justice of complying with the application do not instantly appear, I request that it may be laid aside, as I would not wish to be even the accidental means of losing a moment's time.

THOMAS PAINE.