A Fragment of an Ancient Prophecy

Spence's token 'Tree of Liberty'

Part joke, part wishful thinking, Spence identifies the British Jacobins and their French counterparts as supporters of a partial, purely political Rights of Man, and presents his own Plan as a complementary solution to the social and economic needs of France and the world.

The two appended poems are by Peter Pindar, pseudonym of John Wolcot (1738 - 1819), doctor and satirical poet. Peter Pindar's Collected Works were printed in five volumes in his own lifetime; these have minor differences in punctuation and occasionally phrasing with the versions of the poems published by Spence.