Letter from J.R. Turner to Robert Owen

Scope and Content

Manuscript letter: Turner states that he intended to speak at the public meeting today, but due to a domestic "calamity" he is unable to do so. He felt it his duty to inform Owen of this unfortunate circumstance as he did not want him to think that his inaction was due to apathy, especially at the moment with the "great crisis" that wages around them.

Turner comments on the public agitators that take advantage of public meetings to cause trouble, with them having no "real and practical bent of kind or sincere intent." He states that the arrangements for meetings need to be as "close and connected as possible and in proper hands to prevent those objectionable characters that attend public meetings from taking advantage."

He speaks of a "great crisis" that he has seen approaching for some time, and has been molding himself to fight the system for the betterment of others. But he faces not just the obstacles within society, but also family tragedy

Turner then changes the subject to the state of a labour exchange. He states that there are divisions amongst the various parties that are connected to it, and if the exchange is to succeed then they must resolve the problems that prevail between them. Turner states he will do what he can to help.

Note

Stamped number: 601.