Letter from Geo. A. Fleming to Robert Owen

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Manuscript letter, in which Fleming writes of problems within the Association [of All Class of All Nations]; he hopes "great and manifest evils may be averted".

Fleming explains he has learnt subscriptions to the Community fund "are failing all over the country" prompted by "apathy and indifference - not to say dislike and suspicion" amongst the members. He believes the only way of "avoiding the catastrophe" is the purchase of land to build a community upon and he too much time is being spent in negotiations in [East Tytherley], Hampshire. Instead they should, he feels, be looking at other options available to the them at East Winch [Norfolk] and Feltwell Estate and he wonders why the Society has nearly £3000 at Birmingham and £1600 in London "in the hands of bankers" rather than "being used for the purpose of creating a spirit and determination which will surely herald success!".

Fleming reasons that the lack of support for the Association [and Owen's views] from working class people contrives to make preaching to them in institutions as useful as 'singing psalms to a dead horse', not the most utilitarian employment in the world".

Fleming closes by berating Owen for not writing offering either advice or encouragement.

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Stamped number: 1130