Letter from W. Warenne to Robert Owen

Scope and Content

Manuscript letter informing Owen that the correspondent's "young charge" was sending him a parcel containing a pair of slippers, the material for which she had skillfully worked upon in creating a design before having "to submit [it] to the unfeeling hands of a hireling to finish". As a consequence, and to her great sadness, some of the finest points of the design had been cut off by the shoemaker!This served to confirm to the writer his belief that mechanisation had made working people mere machines and devoid of taste. To counteract this he aimed to continue his practical and monetary support for the promotion of the "observant faculties" by lecturing on the benefits of drawing and painting being part of peoples early education.

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Stamped number: 1268