Letter from J. Dixon to Robert Owen

Scope and Content

This manuscript letter refers to the progress of the National Equitable Labour Exchange, Charlotte Street, London from where Dixon writes this letter. Dixon writes that the Exchange is "going along remarkably well and smoothly" and they "are averaging 1000 hours daily"; the number of members is on the increase with the total now "exceeding a thousand" and notes that they are in a "very fortunate in the matter of provisions, having a constant supply of bread at part notes and vegetables at full notes".

Dixon writes of his pleasure in hearing of the "Birmingham brethren" making a successful start [in setting up a Labour Exchange in July 1833], but states at present "he is not prepared to inform our Birmingham friends what goods we can immediately send to them"; declares his intention of inserting a list in the Crisis for the information "for friends there [Birmingham] and elsewhere" and notes they should be able to supply a number of goods in "considerable quantities".

Dixon closes by writing of a "festival" which was attended by "500 or 550 people in the utmost harmony and good spirits"; expresses his view that Owen would have been "delighted" had he been present.

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Stamped number: 634