Letter from John Finch to Robert Owen

Archive Unit
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  • Reference
      GB 1499 ROC/6/6/13
  • Dates of Creation
      11 Dec 1839
  • Physical Description
      1 manuscript page, 1 printed page

Scope and Content

Manuscript letter opening with discussion of Finch's forthcoming travel plans; he thinks it wise for him to wait until after Christmas before leaving Liverpool; he can meet Owen on the 26th December, and then accompany him to London, before continuing with his journey to the [Queenwood] Estate arriving around the 29th. The opportunity of spending two days in London with Owen and his friends will provide him with the chance of gathering the necessary information so that he shall be able to fulfil his role [as Acting Governor] at Queenwood.

Finch believes that the "experiment" at Queenwood must be completed without delay, as only once it is proved to be a successful venture will support then be forthcoming from what he describes as the "wealthy classes".

A printed prospectus of the Liverpool Hall of Science is present. The prospectus gives details the intentions of The Liverpool Hall of Science Co-operative Building Society to open a Hall of Science in Liverpool, at which the middle and working classes can find "rational amusements and intellectual pleasure" rather than have them choose to seek solace in a public house. The method of raising the necessary money through a share issue to the members is detailed, with the warning given to the members to apply early for shares due to their envisaged popularity.


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