Correspondence of Charles Bray

Scope and Content

This series of correspondence centres around Charles Bray delivering a lecture at the Crown Hotel on 11th May 1852 [presumably for the Co-operative League]. Following the lecture the conversation turns to Bray producing an abstract of this and sending it to Rigby. The latter letters centre around Bray asking Rigby for copies of transactions.

Administrative / Biographical History

Charles Bray was a prosperous ribbon manufacturer who owned the Coventry Herald newspaper. He gained his wealth through inheritance following his father's death in 1835. He was a disciple of the great social reformer Robert Owen (1771–1858), used the wealth generated from his businesses to establish nonsectarian public schools and to try to bring about beneficial changes in many other aspects of society. Bray was a freethinker in religious matters and a progressive in politics. He was also a disciple of the phrenologist George Combe (1788–1858).

Bray appears to have been involved with Rigby in the Co-operative League.