Correspondence of William King

Scope and Content

The main theme found in the letters is King's vision of a Labour Exchange as a means of providing the Co-operative Societies with the produce they require. However, King's scheme would appear to be somewhat at odds with Owen's ideas and there is a suggestion of conflict. In the final letter King notes with regret the failure of his scheme, and points to reasons for the failure.

Administrative / Biographical History

William King, 1786-1865, b. Ipswich, was the son of Rev. John King, of an old Richmond, Yorkshire, family. King married in 1821 and settled in Brighton where he became active in social work and was involved in establishing an infant school.

Through his teaching of mathematics and natural philosophy King became acquainted with men interested in Owenism and through this became involved with establishing the Brighton Co-operative Trading Association in 1827. To assist with the running of the society King published of the Co-operator which ran from 1828-1830.


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