Thomas 'Clio' Rickman

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Thomas 'Clio' Rickman (born 1760; died 1834), was born to a Quaker family, the youngest son of John Rickman (1715-1789), a brewer (and the freeholder of the Bear Inn at Cliffe, near (now in) Lewes, Sussex), and Elizabeth Rickman (née Peters). Rickman published political pamphlets and broadsides, contributing to the poetry columns of the Black Dwarf and other periodicals. Rickman married outside the Quaker faith, and after being disowned by the Friends moved to London, where in 1783 he set up as a bookseller. He was a member of the Headstrong Club, and a friend of Thomas Paine, who lived with him when composing The Rights of Man in 1791 - they had first met during the time Paine was living in Lewes between 1768 and 1774. His "Life of Thomas Paine" was published in 1819.


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