Letter from James Rigby to Robert Owen

Scope and Content

This manuscript letter opens with Rigby providing an account of his progress carrying out tasks and errands on Owen's behalf. This includes arranging with the printing of Owen's advertisement and proclamation, engaging the small room at St. Martin's Hall and arranging for some placards to be printed and placed onto walls.

Discussion follows of the recent happenings regarding [Pierre] Baume and [Thomas] Atkins, with Rigby explaining they have taken possession of an office in the New Road [London]. It is expected that here Baume will explain Atkins' "Panorama"[of Creation, Science and Civilisation], and it is certain he will do a good job as Baume "stops at nothing".

Meanwhile, Baume has made all his property (worth £40,000) over to Atkins [so that he may build an Educational Colony] and this is to be managed by 12 Trustees. Rigby doubts the credibility of what Baume and Atkins propose, and writes that "no sane men would do what they are doing".

Also present are three printed items. The first is a notice announcing "Glorious News for Teetotallers" following the securing of land within 30 minutes of London [Baume's property] for the building of a Maine Law town and self-supporting colony. The second item is promotional advertisement for the exhibition of Thomas Atkins' Panorama of Creation Science and Civilisation at St. Martin's Hall, London. The final item is copy of a Prospectus of the Industrial and Provident Moral, Scientific and Educational Association as proposed by Thomas Atkins of Oxford.

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Stamped number: 2664

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