Letter from James Rigby to Robert Owen

Scope and Content

In this manuscript letter Rigby provides an account of his progress carrying out tasks and errands on Owen's behalf.

In response to Owen's accusation that he caused Colonel Clinton to be "frightened" Rigby relates his version of events from a meeting held between himself, Colonel Clinton and [Thomas] Allsop. Rigby explains, that after Clinton and Allsop had laid out some indistinct plans regarding the "condition of society" he was then requested to put forward his views. This he did, explaining in not wanting he, to frighten Clinton with any "Whole Hog Socialism", instead spoke of Owen's early endeavours and others of various parties of the "New System" in opposition to the "Old"; each attempt providing a "wider basis" for the "New", lasting longer and producing greater results. The latest and most successful attempt, the Christian Socialists, enrolled among the members "Noblemen, Clergy and Barristers, Merchants and Workmen".


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