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The National Music of America. 183
" American Musical Miscellany," 1798, in possession of the author), it will be seen that the name of the poet is printed as " T. Paine;" this was, in fact, his name in 1798. He was baptised "Thomas," but when the freethinker of that name began to publish his attacks on the religion of the time, he developed such a dislike of the cognomen that, in 1801, he petitioned the legislature to allow him to assume a Christian name, and was graciously permitted to take the celebrated name of his father, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence,— Robert Treat Paine.
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