Letter from James Rigby to Robert Owen

Scope and Content

Manuscript letter, opening with Rigby providing an account of his progress carrying out tasks and errands on Owen's behalf. This includes forwarding Owen newspapers and attempting to settle an account with the publishers.

Rigby informs Owen he received a short address and once read, if he approved,he was to sign his name and address. The address aimed to instigate the forming of a society, which would meet weekly and devise means of bringing the "Social Views" before the public. Among the signatures already present are noted as Nash, [Robert] Corss, [Henry] Travis, Cuddon, Hookham, [Edward Vansittart] Neale and Ivory. Rigby decided against adding his name to the list, he has "long since lost all hope in the Old, or Cold hearts".

The recent death of [William Devonshire] Saul[l] is noted, with Rigby explaining that he left his museum and £500 to preserve the John Street Institute and an additional £500 towards a new institution but that the matter in now in the Court of Chancery.

Robert Cooper is desirous of speaking to Owen in regard to the money he has been left in Fletcher's Will. From an original estimated amount of around £27,000 only 4 or 5,000 will likely come to Cooper, and even that cannot be realized at once.


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