Pigs' meat; or, lessons for the swinish multitude: Published in weekly penny numbers, collected by the poor man's advocate (an old veteran in the cause of freedom) in the course of his reading for more than twenty years. Intended to promote among the labouring part of mankind proper ideas of their situation, of their importance, and of their rights. And to convince them that their forlorn condition has not been entirely overlooked and forgotten, nor their just cause unpleaded, neither by their maker not by the best and most enlightened of men in all ages. [pt.1]
Spence, Thomas, 1750-1814.


I HAD the curiosity to enquire, in a particular manner, by what method great numbers had procured to themselves high titles of honour, and Page  88prodigious estates; and I confined my enquiry to a very modern period. However, without granting upon present times, because I would be sure to give no offence, even to foreigners (for I hope the reader need not be told, that I do not in the least intend my own country, in what I say upon this occasion) and a great number of persons were called up, and, upon a very slight examination, discovered such a scene of infamy, that I cannot reflect upon it with∣out some seriousness. Perjury, oppression, subbr∣nation, fraud, pandarism, and the like infirmities, were amongst the most excuseable arts they had to maintain, and for these I gave, as it was reasonable great allowance. But, when some confessed they owed their greatness and wealth to sodomy, or in∣cest; others, to the prostituting of their own wives and daughters; others to the betraying of their country, or their prince; some to poisoning, more to the perverting of justice, in order to destroy the innocent: I hope I may be pardoned, if these dis∣coveries inclined me a little to abate of that pro∣found veneration which I am naturally apt to pay to persons of HIGH rank, who ought to be treated with the utmost respect, due to their sublime digni∣ty, by us their inferiors.