Letter from Charles Harrott to Robert Owen

Scope and Content

Manuscript letter: Harrott states that Owen's task to improve society, though "noble and sublime," appears to be of an "herculean nature" that would "make thousands of individuals shrink at the very thought of accomplishing it." Therefore, Harrott believes only those whom have an "unconquerable perseverance" will stand a chance of completing the task and warding off the forces that fight to prevent change in society, which he believes Owen possesses..

Harrott informs Owen that due to some poor speculative choices he has been "thrown into abject poverty and distress," and is unable to offer money towards a subscription that he was hoping to contribute with his financial gains.

Unable to offer money towards Owen's subscription, Harrott instead others a number of suggestions that may help spread Owen's principles further afield. Harrott states that not many people are well acquainted with his ideas in London and suggests that a number of branch establishments or meetings are held in all parts of the city. Other suggestions relate to employment and labour exchanges.


Stamped number: 690.