A reference to Thomas Wirgman, who was part of the same family:
Philosophical Madmen are in a somewhat similar position to that of theological madmen : they are mostly vain persons who have lost their way in matters too deep for them ; and by reason of their vanity, and of the nature of the subject of their pursuits, are as difficult to deal with as those who speculate on religious mysteries. A deplorable instance of this class is afforded by Thomas Wirgman, who, after making a large fortune as a goldsmith and silversmith, in St. James's-street, London, squandered it all as a regenerating philosopher. He had paper made specially for his books, the same sheet consisting of several different colors ; and as he changed the work many times while it was printing, the cost was enormous ; one book of 400 pages cost 2,276l. He published a grammar of the five senses, which was a sort of system of metaphysics for the use of children, and maintained that when it was universally adopted in schools, peace and harmony would be restored to the earth, and virtue would everywhere replace crime. He complained much that people would not listen to him and that, although he had devoted nearly half a century to the propagation of his ideas, he had asked in vain to be appointed Professor in some University or College — so little does the world appreciate those who labor unto death in its service. Nevertheless, exclaimed Wirgman, after another useless application, "while life remans I will not cease to communicate this blessing to the rising world."
Source: Mysteries of Life, Death, and Futurity - Horace Welby - 1863