Correspondence of William Pare

Scope and Content

In this series of letters Pare provides Owen with updates on his various activities in furthering the causes championed by Owen. In the later years of Owen's life Pare becomes a regular correspondent and a close working relationship develops, although there is often an undercurrent of disharmony with Owen's other close associates of the time, Henry Travis and James Rigby.

Administrative / Biographical History

William Pare (1804-1873) was a Birmingham tobacconist and was one of the founders of the first Birmingham Cooperative Society. He left Birmingham in 1842 to become acting governor of Robert Owen's community at Queenswood, Hampshire, from 1842-1844, and published numerous works on co-operation.