• I have been lately introduced to the famous Thomas Paine, and like him very well. He is vain beyond all belief, but he has reason to be vain, and for my part I forgive him. He has done wonders for the cause of liberty, both in America and Europe, and I believe him to be conscientiously an honest man. He converses extremely well; and I find him wittier in discourse than in his writings, where his humour is clumsy enough.

    Theobald Wolfe Tone (1893). “The Autobiography of Theobald Wolfe Tone. 1763-1798; Ed. with an Introduction by R. Barry O'Brien”