Letter from James Rigby to Robert Owen

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In this manuscript letter Rigby answers Owen's query regarding the holding of a dinner rather than a tea party to commemorate Owen's birthday. Rigby explains that previoulsy John Street Institute held a tea party to commemorate Owen's birthday, but a number years previous some of Owen's "better to do" friends had declined to go. A meeting was called to seek a compromise, and hence a dinner was suggested as this was "in accordance with the habits of [Owen's] richer friends and not likely to create any feeling of jealousy in the minds of John Street people".

Rigby continues, stating that the tea parties were held at the John Street Institute (as local Hotels did not cater for them), whereas dinners would be take place in local hotels, which suited Owen's "richer friends". Rigby hopes that next year they may revert back to a tea party, but notes that some of Owen's associates, including Dr [John] Ashburner and [William] Ashurst will not "mix themselves up with John Street".


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