Letter from T. William Thornton to Robert Owen

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Manuscript letter: Thornton informs Owen that he has translated an abridged version of the Book of the New Moral World into French, which he compiled with "great care, so as to give a faithful representation" of Owen's system. He endeavours to circulate the work widely in France, Belgium, and Switzerland; and the work has been generally approved by socialists on the Continent.

Thornton states that communism is spreading gradually on the Continent, and that a mutual acquaintance, Monsieur Cabet, is regarded as the leader of the French communist movement. While Cabet is "zealous and laborious," he is being hampered by a number of obstacles.

The letter ends with Thornton wishing Owen success in America.


Stamped number: 1445.

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