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.

ON A LIFE OF LABOUR.

FROM THE SAME.

WE read in many authors great encomiums on a life of labour, and of the superior blessings of peasants and hard working men, whose tempe∣rate Page  136and abstemious lives not only make them enjoy an uninterrupted state of health, but throw a crim∣son on their cheeks, and give a vigour to their bo∣dies, the sons of wealth and affluence, they tell us, may in vain sigh for. This sounds well; but I own I am doubtful of the fact.

If I compare the working part of mankind, who •••e hard and work hard. with those who eat and drink of the good "things of the earth," I think I can discern better complexions. choicer animal spris, and stronger bodies in the latter than in the former. Incessant labour, and coarse and scanty food, have certainly a tendency to weaken the bo∣dies of mankind, and wear them out before their time And this we 〈◊〉 is the ease, What becomes t••n of the fine spun theories of visionary authors. who so greatly extol a laborious life?—Why, they are destroyed, like other cobweb systems, that will not bear handling.