Letter from A. J. Hamilton to Robert Owen

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Manuscript letter and attached Prospectus, written in French, [with an English translation] outlining the formation of an establishment [shop] in Marseille based on the principles of mutual co-operation. The conditions for membership are laid down - each member of the society would be obliged to spend at least five francs per week at the shop - and with the funds it was hoped to set up schools for members' children of both sexes and to construct buildings for the "welfare and convenience of subscribers and their children". Members and supporters of the "system of mutual co-operation" would be invited to lend small amounts of money to set up the shop and be rewarded with interest of five percent.

In his letter Hamilton berates Owen for not having written to him, and refers to his ongoing financial difficulties after the failure of the Orbiston scheme, describing the behaviour of the subscribers as 'enough to sicken a man of life'; and his continuing poor health and general malaise influenced by the death of Abram Combe.

Hamilton says that he still believes in the "new views" and that it is the success of putting them into practice that "is all that is requisite to insure it's becoming general".


Stamped number: 214


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