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The People of the State of New-York, by the Grace of God, Free and Independent, to all to whom these presents shall come or may concern, .».

SEND GREETING: Know Ye, That the annexed is a true copy of the will of THOMAS PAINE, deceased, as recorded in the office of our surrogate, in and for the city and county of New-York. In testimony whereof, we have caused the seal of office of our said surrogate to be hereunto affixed. Witness, Silvanus Miller, Esq. surrogate of said county, at the city of New-York, the twelfth day of July, in the w year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and nine, ^

and of our Independence the thirty-fourth.

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SILVANUS MILLER. °

The last will and testament of me, the subscriber Thomas Paine, reposing confidence in my Creator God, and in no other being, for I know of no other, nor believe in any other,—I Thomas Paine, of the state of New-York, author of the work entitled ' Common Sense,' written in Philadelphia, in 1775, and published in that city the beginning of January 1776, which awaked America to a Declaration of Independence on the fourth of July following, which was as fast as the work could spread through such an extensive country; author also of the several numbers of the American Crisis, "thirteen in all,"

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The widow then worn out with grief,
Sat down to mourn and weep,

And in a fit of passion said,
The devil take the sheep.

Then Aaron took the whole away,

And said the laws record,
That all and each devoted thing

Belongs unto the Lord.

The widow went among her kin,

The tribes of Israel rose;
And all the widows young and old,

Pull'd Aaron by the nose.

But Aaron calPd an earthquake up,
And fire from out the sky;

And all the consolation is—
The ***** tells a lie.

Mr. Paine, while in prison at Paris, as has been before mentioned, corresponded with a lady under the signature of "The Castle in the Air," while she addressed her letters from "The Little Corner of the World." For reasons which he knew not, their intercourse was suddenly suspended, and for some time he believed his fair friend to be in obscurity and distress. Many years afterwards however, he met her unexpectedly at Paris, in affluent circumstances, and married to Sir Robert Smith. The following is a copy of one of these poetical effusions.

From the CASTLE In The AIR to THE LITTLE CORNER Of The WORLD.

In the region of clouds, where the whirlwinds arise,

My Castle of Fancy was built;
The turrets reflected the blue of the skies,

And the windows with sun-beams were gilt.

The rainbow sometimes in its beautiful state,

Enamell'd the mansion around;
And the figures that fancy in clouds can create, . .

Supplied me with gardens and ground.

I had grottoes, and fountains, and orange-tree groves,

I had all that enchantment has told; I had sweet shady walks, for the Gods and their Loves,

I had mountains of coral and gold.

But a storm that I felt not, had risen and roll'd,

While wrapp'd in a slumber I lay;
And when I look'd out in the morning, behold

My Castle was carried away.

It past over rivers, and vallies, and groves,

The world it was all in my view; I thought of my friends, of their fates, of their loves,

And often, full often of You.

At length it came over a beautiful scene,
That Nature in silence had made;

The place was but small, but 'twas sweetly serene,
And chequer'd with sunshine, and shade.

I gazed, and I envied with painful goodwill,

And grew tired of my seat in the air;
When all of a sudden my Castle stood still,

As if some attraction was there.

Like a lark from the sky it came fluttering down,

And placed me exactly in view, When who should I meet, in this charming retreat,

This corner of calmness, but You.

Delighted to find you in honour and ease,

1 felt no more sorrow, nor pain; But the wind coming fair, I ascended the breeze,

And went back with my Castle again.

The People of the State of New-York, by the Grace of God, Free and Independent, to all to whom these presents shall come or may concern, ^.

SEND GREETING: Know Ye, That the annexed is a true copy of the will of THOMAS PAINE, deceased, as recorded in the office of our surrogate, in and for the city and county of New-York. In testimony whereof, we have caused the seal of office of our said surrogate to be hereunto affixed. Witness, Silvanus Miller, Esq. surrogate of said county, at the city of New-York, the twelfth day of July, in the w year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and nine, <

and of our Independence the thirty-fourth.

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The last will and testament of me, the subscriber, Thomas Paine, reposing confidence in my Creator God, and in no other being, for I know of no other, nor believe in any other,—I Thomas Paine, of the state of New-York, author of the work entitled ' Common Sense/ written in Philadelphia, in 1775, and published in that city the beginning of January 1776, which awaked America to a Declaration of Independence on the fourth of July following, which was as fast as the work could spread through such an extensive country; author also of the several numbers of the American Crisis, "thirteen in all,"

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