Letter from James Rigby to Robert Owen

Scope and Content

In this manuscript letter Rigby writes the "spirits" must be having "fun above" having "caught" Thomas Cooper, and in doing so turned him from "Materialism" to "some sort of Spiritualism". Suggestions have been made that [George Jacob] Holyoake may be next.

Further updates follow as to the whereabouts and activities of Owen's associates, before Rigby writes he believes the "American War" will blow over; the people of Britain will not hear of it, and notes that peace is now probable in the "Russian War" [Crimean War].

Enclosed is a manuscript copy of a letter dated 3 February 1856 and written to George Bickerdike, Huddersfield by Rigby. Rigby explains in the letter that he will not send money to Bickerdike despite the fact that Owen had actually sanctioned him to accede to the request made by Bickerdike for two sovereigns.

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Stamped number: 2783