Correspondence of John Malcolm Forbes Ludlow

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John Malcolm Forbes Ludlow (8 March 1821 – 17 October 1911) was an English lawyer and leader of the Christian socialist movement.

In 1850, he founded and became editor of The Christian Socialist newspaper. He was also a co-founder of the Working Men's College. Most of his work focused on mission work to the poor in London. He promoted mutual co-operation via friendly societies. He was secretary to the royal commission on friendly societies from 1870 to 1874, and served as England's chief registrar of friendly societies from 1875 to 1891. He was one of the first members and subsequently president of the Labour Co-Partnership Association. In 1867 Ludlow co-wrote The Progress of the Working Class, 1832-1867 with Lloyd Jones. He died in London.