Letter from J. Dickson to Robert Owen

Scope and Content

This manuscript letter contains lengthy discussion regarding Owen's assertion that the character of man is made for him and not by him and that he has no choice in this whole "affair". Dickson relates a story where he encouraged his young and impressionable nephew to pray to a wooden eagle and, in return, the eagle would bring the child fruit for his good behaviour in saying his prayers. The story is used by Dickson as a metaphor for Owen's views of religious beliefs, as "proof of how millions of man have been taught to worship stocks and stones & Visionary beings, and why error has usurped the place of truth".


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