Letter from Robert Owen to James Rigby

Scope and Content

In this manuscript letter Robert Owen informs James Rigby to expect two baskets a week for Robert Owen from Cox's Hotel on Jermyn St, on Wednesday and Saturday mornings.

He asks Rigby to collect papers for him which may be with George Jacob Holyoake.

Owen refers to his forthcoming birthday party at the John Street Institute on the 14th [of May]. He expresses his pleasure at learning that Charles Green will be the chair of the committee responsible for organising it. He continues to express his wish to make a speech, after Green has given his introduction, and describes that it will be perhaps by far the most important address that I have ever delivered, perhaps not excepting the ever to be remembered one in 1817. He explains that it will take him two hours to deliver, with intervals of music.

He further wishes for the proceedings to be accurately reported by their mutual friend Henry [Travis], and suggests that the Committee will appoint their own reporters for that purpose also.