Letter from Henry Travis to Robert Owen

Scope and Content

Following brief mention of Owen's recent movements, discussion in this manuscript letter turns to the proposed launch of the Social Reformer newspaper. Travis wishes Owen was with them [in Birmingham], especially as [George] Fleming and [Joshua] Hobson are "strongly opposed" and others dubious of the worth of the paper. Such opposition means they "cannot act yet", but Travis warns it is "too important a step in our progress to be lightly relinquished".

Travis makes a plea for Owen to provide information that "definite proposals [are] to be agreed to" in regard to the lease of property at Tytherley so they can be "laid before our Society". Travis is convinced the present state of the public mind ensures any community they established would be "greedily taken hold of", although he writes at length of the need to bring the differing classes of people together and to remove their "repulsive qualities". Travis is of the opinion it is impossible to establish "practical communities of the middle and upper classes alone" and it will be necessary to unite all the classes without "unpleasantness".

The letter closes with discussion regarding a number of recent and proposed publications.

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Stamped number: 1146