Correspondence of Rev. James Donne

Scope and Content

This short series of letters consists of letters received by Donne from Owen's sister Ann Weaver, in which she asks for money from Owen. Donne forwards the letters to Owen (or his wife Caroline) adding his own writings on the same paper.

Administrative / Biographical History

James Donne (1764-1844) became acquainted with Owen when he was aged 8 or 9 and he was some 10 years his elder. At this time Donne was studying to be admitted to the church, and he and Owen spent a period of time exploring the area around Owen's home town of Newtown, with Owen gaining great pleasure in observing nature.

Donne would later become Dr. Donne of Oswestry, becoming headmaster of Oswestry School from 1796-1833 and, after being responsible for re-establishing the schools fortunes, is considered to be the second founder of the school.

Source: Robert Owen, The Life of Robert Owen, Written by Himself, vol.1 (Effingham Wilson, 1857)