Letter from Isaac Ironside to Robert Owen

Scope and Content

This manuscript letter is written on the rear of a printed copy of a pamphlet authored by Ironside and entitled 'Brindley & His Lying Braggadocio'.

In the pamphlet a bitter and concerted attack is launched on the "slanderous Christian advocate" John Brindley, who fought against Socialism and argued against many of Owen's ideas. Ironside writes of his willingness to meet Brindley for a public discussion.

Further discussion in the pamphlet concerns a Mr Armitage entering [and then leaving after not finding things as expected] the Community set up by the Rational Society at Queenwood, Hampshire. Ironside offers a vigorous defence of the role played by the Rational Society in funding Armitage, and makes the suggestion that Armitage displayed dishonest traits in the process and therefore is in no position to complain.

In the letter, Ironside pleads with Owen to visit Sheffield whilst he in Leeds the following Tuesday. Owen would then be able to "make good what Brindley the Lord's Bull dog has begun" as "all is quite ripe and ready" for him.

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Stamped number: 1290

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