Letter from Robert Alger to Robert Owen

Scope and Content

Manuscript letter, in which Alger thanks Owen for sending him some letters. He indicates that he read them all several times and will do so again after attending the Sunday evening lecture at Burton Street. The letters are to be included in the New Moral World [which Alger is involved in editing].

Alger outlines in detail the contents of the upcoming issue of the New Moral World, explaining that a letter from a W. H. Smith of Birmingham will appear, in which Smith launches an attack on Owen for "certain religious tories coming near the confession of the social principles". Alger indicates Smith's letter will be accompanied by editorial remarks.

Alger refers to hiring rooms [at Burton Street, London] for holding lectures and discussions, some which are delivered by Owen and William Pare. Alger remarks that "audiences are gradually accumulating insomuch that the attendance on Sunday evening is quite handsome".

Alger writes of receiving an "important communication" from the co-operation society at Hanley, Staffordshire, a place which is "full of the disputes of the Pottery masters and men", calling for Owen to enter into "this important controversy". Alger offers to write an essay on the subject of masters and workmen.

Note

Stamped number: 839