This manuscript letter opens with discussion of a letter from John A. Campbell which arrived for Owen after he left for Paris; Clegg has enclosed it with this letter and hopes they delay (of two months) caused by it being misplaced at the Clegg's country home does not cause a problem.
Clegg writes that he has heard from Mr Fleming of Owen's plans to return from France rather than continuing to Belgium and Prussia; is sure that Owen will have learnt of the progress made [in Manchester] in his absence, explaining that "the new principles are Extending themselves steadily but quietly amongst the most influential part of the Working Classes".
Clegg closes by discussing the state of trade [at the exchange], explaining that prices have been "mending" in the past weeks, but that wages have not increased except for a "paltry one" for the "poor hand loom weavers".
The enclosed letter from J. A. Campbell asks Owen to sign the accompanying mandate (also present), which has been drawn up for the purpose of pursuing Mr Hill for the price of the "road subscription which he purchased".