Letter from James Rigby to Robert Owen

Scope and Content

This manuscript letter opens with Rigby providing Owen with an update of his activities since he last wrote. He tells of being visited by Mr and Mrs Atkinson, with Mr Atkinson having now published his long promised book which relates "the tale of Jesus Christ"; Rigby will bring a copy when he visits Owen. Mr and Mrs [John] Finch also visited, and a long discussion was had regarding the Church, Queenwood and future progress.

[Robert] Corss also called on Rigby and discussion was concerned the "Dry Bones" [the society set up by Corrs and others]. He wished to send his love to Owen and wanted to say, that when Owen was ready [to join the society] he is also ready - there is some "marrow" in him yet.

Lengthy discussion follows of Rigby's intended visit to Owen at Sevenoaks, Kent, with Rigby explaining that "his mode of life is most simple" and no arrangements as regards eating or sleeping should be made for him whether he stays "a day, a week, or forever"; he never wishes to assume anything for having been introduced to Owen.

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Stamped number: 2628