Letter from Joseph Hume to Robert Owen

Scope and Content

Manuscript letter: Hume informs Owen that he is surprised that Owen "can lend" himself "to the delusion" held by some classes that machinery is injurious to the country. He "readily admits" that some have lost employment due to machinery, but the benefits outweigh this effect. He sees the misguided views held by various people regarding machinery to have the potential to cause mischief.

On a separate letter, dated the same day, Hume indicate his general agreement with a number of Resolutions passed at a Public Meeting, but does not agree that the use of machinery has been the cause of "general deterioration" amongst the people of Great Britain as stated in two Resolutions.


Stamped number: 330, 346b