Letter from E. T. Craig to Robert Owen

Scope and Content

This manuscript letter refers to Craig leaving his post as Schoolmaster at an infant school in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire and describes the options open to him once he has done so. He explains that they [?Craig and his wife] can no longer stay at Wisbech, due to circumstances caused by the habits of Mr [James] Hill, proprietor of the school, who is "selfish" and guilty of "individualism of the worst kind".

Once a new person can be hired to take his place, he writes he then has three options open to him; he could take a position in a "Educational Establishment [run] on enlightened principles" by a Mr [James Redmond] Barry at Glendore, Co. Cork, Ireland; he could accept a proposal from a Mr Hobson who intends setting up a school but, fears Craig, has "neither the capital, the locale or the judgement to do so"; or he could take a position at an infants school to be commenced in Sheffield by a Mr [Isaac] Ironside although, Craig remarks, is unlikely to offer permanency.

The letter closes with Craig asking Owen for his views of the "character of the people" of Sheffield in light of him attending the city to open an institute there.


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