Letter from James Rigby to Robert Owen

Scope and Content

This manuscript letter opens with Rigby providing Owen with an account of the progress he has made with tasks carried out on his behalf. This includes paying a visit to Mr. Cotter [Owen's publisher], and whilst there being told they no longer wish to have their name printed on any of Owen's works. Rigby enquires as to the reason, and it is indicated to him that the works of Mr. Allhusen in which he states he disbelieves in God are to blame. Rigby thinks such a statement to be a "very foolish" one.

Discussion referring to Allhusen follows, with Rigby stating that whilst he believes him to be a "warm hearted man" he is nevertheless a French man, and someone, therefore, who has a "great feeling for a revolution". Rigby has attempted to convince him that [social] change should not require physical force and pointed out to him that the "leading minds in England so not place any faith in Revolution".

The [National] Sunday League held a meeting [in London] and about 100,000 people attended and a "private band" played; money was raised to in support of the campaign.


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