Letter from James Rigby to Robert Owen

Scope and Content

This manuscript letter opens with Rigby mocking that day's Church "Fast-day". He writes of London being full of people wearing their best clothes on the way to the temple of the "God of Peace", to pray to him, to "help them kill their enemies, whom they profess to forgive and love".

Rigby recounts to Owen a story taken from The Times of an "eminent literary lady" who since becoming a medium had been told by the spirits to walk nude through the streets and she would remain invisible. Such a 'medium' Rigby believes is an "Enemy" who could turn the " whole[Spiritualism] into ridicule".


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