Letter from Walter Wilson to Robert Owen

Scope and Content

In this manuscript letter Wilson advises Owen against attacking religious opinion. He believes this would hinder Owen's progress, as the opinions, be they true or false, are held in a "firm grasp by the great mass of community" and cannot be renounced until "new ideas shall by education or otherwise be presented with greater force to the mind".

Despite differing opinions, Wilson notes his sadness learning some years previous of Owen leaving Britain for America at a time when "so much fallow ground to be broken up and planted anew with intellectual sod that may produce more healthy crops".

Discussion continues at length on the relationship or, in Wilson's view, the lack of one between religion and governmental and social reform. Wilson believes if reform is not forthcoming, then revolution must be contemplated despite this being "all times to be dreaded".

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Stamped number: 182