Letter from Robert Owen to Vincente Rocafuerte

Scope and Content

This manuscript letter opens with an Owen writing of his recent movements. Presently he is in New Lanark, but in the coming week intends to stay with relatives at Cholmondeley Castle, Cheshire before travelling to Stafford to be with Sir Robert Peel. On his return to London he will meet with Rocafuerte without delay.

Owen explains his intentions of continuing with his project [of obtaining land from the Mexican Republic] in Texas, this despite the earlier attempts of Rocafuerte to dissuade him. Owen writes of knowing that "formidable difficulties" will present themselves, but he has always had the "prejudices of mankind to overcome"; his successes give him the "confidence to meet them openly and fairly under every form which they may arise".

Owen closes the letter by writing of his willingness to pass on Mr. Madrid's letters to General [Simon] Bolivar and, if circumstance permit, will try and meet Bolivar and "endeavour to organise [mea]sures to tranquillize the South American ? & unite them in a general federation".

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Stamped number: 89