Letter from William Owen to Robert Owen

Scope and Content

In this manuscript letter William writes he has arrived in Vincennes, a French settlement in Indiana, after journeying from Harmonia [New Harmony] stopping along the way in Princeton.

William explains, that whilst he is in favour of Owen buying the land from Rapp and commencing a community, he finds it necessary to warn Owen of the nature of the people he has encountered in America. William believes "very few" of them will be useful as anything more than workers as everywhere he has found "listlessness and inactivity prevalent", but he looks forward "with more favourable expectations" to those who will come from Europe.

William writes of receiving a letter from Robert Dale [Owen] in which he explained he hopes to be engaged in setting-up a community in spring, and reasons America to be a better place than Britain for the purpose.


Stamped number: 58

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

This letter is in very poor condition and in a very fragile state.

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