Letter from James Rigby to Robert Owen

Scope and Content

This manuscript letter opens with Rigby explaining that he writes "more from habit than from having anything important to say".

Lengthy discussion regarding the exhibiting of Atkins' Panorama [depicting a model village] at St. Martins Hall follows, with Rigby stating he has never knew a "greater failure" and £200 will not cover the loss made. Rigby believes Atkins is far too "impulsive" to do justice to the subject.

Rigby writes Atkins has been having "many consultations" with [Pierre] Baume, who has offered him an estate and 40,000 pounds to commence an "Educational Colony" on the condition he has £100 a year and a room for himself allowed by the Trustees of the new establishment. Rigby expresses he has no faith in either Baume and his promises.


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