1814 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Spence

Anonymous, Obituary in Monthly Magazine 38 (October 1814) 284.



After a short illness, Thomas Spence, author of several political tracts, &c. He devised and published a plan, by which all human kind could be provided with sustenance without pauperism. His writings evinced a most disinterested desire to serve mankind. In 1801, he met with a state-prosecution, was convicted, and endured a year's incarceration, and was also subject to a fine, of which he ever after boasted, and used to say it would be the means of one day ushering his doctrines into universal notice. In private life he was social, cheerful, punctual, and just. His remains were attended by a numerous throng of political admirers. Appropriate medallions were distributed, and a pair of scales preceded his corps, indicative of the justice of his views. One of his friends made an oration over his grave, illustrative of his public and private qualities.