Letter from James Rigby to Robert Owen

Scope and Content

This manuscript letter opens with Rigby providing a brief account of his progress carrying out tasks and errands on Owen's behalf.

Rigby continues, providing details of a large scale 'shake-up' of British Ambassadors around Europe following the start of Lord Malmesbury's term at the Foreign Office.

Owen is advised to pay no attention to newspaper reports regarding the whereabouts of Thomas Allsop (named here as Mr A), with Rigby assuring Owen that he is not in Ireland, America, Southampton or anywhere else the papers may say he is. Rigby also writes of a letter written by Robert [Dale Owen] which appeared in yesterday's Times. In the in letter it was stated that Allsop would give himself up [to the police for his alleged involvement with the attempt on Napolean III life by Felice Orsisn] only if the Government were willing to pay for the [court] costs if Allsop is proved innocent.

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Stamped number: 2880