Sir Thomas Phillips of Broadway. 'The worlds greatest book collector' In 1843, Sir Thomas, himself a magistrate, was fined at the local sessions for assaulting a tax collector. Shortly afterwards he was invited to appear in an engraved portrait group of Worcestershire Magistrates, by Richard Dighton. He wrote to the artist, December 24, 1844:
'Sir, l am much abliged to you for intending to do me the honour of putting my phiz amongst the rest of the magistrates of the Quarter Sessions, l could not properly appear there, and as some thought proper to fine me heavenly for trashing a saucy tax gatherer, l shall be sorry to see myself again placed among my enemies. - 'Thomas Phillips'.