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Tuesday, 15 March 2016
THOMAS SPENCE (1750-1814) - THE HIVE OF LIBERTY
(AFTER THE NAME OF THOMAS SPENCE’S BOOKSHOP AT 8 LITTLE TURNSTILE, HIGH HOLBORN)
Spence was born in Newcastle in 1750. Spence was the leading English
revolutionary of his day, with an unbudgeable commitment to individual
and press freedom and the common ownership of the land.
His tracts, such as The Rights of Man (Spence was, perhaps, the first to use the phrase) and The Rights of Infants,
along with his utopian visions of 'Crusonia' and 'Spensonia', were the
most far-reaching radical statements of the period. Spence was born in
poverty and died the same way, after long periods of imprisonment, in