Letter from James Rigby to Robert Owen

Scope and Content

This manuscript letter opens with Rigby referring to a previous letters in which he asked Owen to confirm which night he wished to book St. Martin's Hall, [London].

Further discussion concerns the placing of advertisements to promote Owen's volume the New Existence of Man upon the Earth. One intended for The Times has not appeared, despite it being paid for, and Rigby writes he intends to be "down upon them immediately". Rigby also called at Holyoake and Co. to arrange for an advertisement to be placed in their paper, The Reasoner, but found that Owen had already called and placed the order.

Rigby writes there has been little time to judge the response [to the New Existence] among the Working Classes, although those he sees fear Owen's writing of "Spirit Rapping" shall be the greatest sticking point. [George] Fleming also believes that Owen has "gone over the heads of the Trades Societies" as it is beyond them altogether.

The letter closes with brief mention being made of [George Jacob] Holyoake's fight with the government over the 'penny stamp', and of a row at the John Street [Institute] regarding the refusal of Charles Green and ? to allow Ernest Jones to lecture there.


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