Thomas Osborne Exeter MP and campaigner against Thomas Paine 1812
Framed lithoghaph: the commentary reads:
The Late Noted
Tommy Osborne, Second Hand Bookseller and
MP for the Ancient and Loyal Borough of Ide, (Exeter), in 1812
'My claims of your patronage, Ladies and Gentlemen, I trust are indisputable .... having been employed for the last thirty years in collecting the most
valuable and scarce Literary Publications of the Ancients, to adorn your Libraries. I was also concerned in suppressing and causing to be condemned to the Flames the Works of that all
levelling traiter Tom Paine.'
Extract from address to The Electors, Sept 29th, 1812.