Letter from Lawrence Pitkethly to Robert Owen

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This manuscript letter opens with Pitkethly writing of his disappointment in not meeting Owen in Halifax the previous Saturday, before adding he was delighted to hear of Owen's "pleasant and effective" meeting in Manchester.

Owen is invited to attend a Public Dinner to be held on the 26th Dec [in Huddersfield]. At the dinner, attempts will be made to persuade a number of prominent local figures to support the call for a 8 hour working day for factory workers and align themselves with the [National] Regeneration Society. [Richard] Oastler, [John] Wood and [Michael Thomas] Sadler are amongst those whose support is sought on a day which will witness the "Regeneration System... firmly established in the West Riding [of Yorkshire]", with "delegates from every town [in the West Riding]" and as many as is possible from the "Lancashire Regeneration Society". Pitkethly believes Owen's presence at the event would guarantee a crowd of between "20,000 and 40,000", for what he hopes will be a "3 day festival".

Discussion follows of Pitkethley's recent visit to Scotland where he found, in both Glasgow and Edinburgh, that "prejudices are very strong" against Owen and his views, and in particular in opposition to his thoughts on "religion, women and community".

News of an upcoming election [in Huddersfield] closes the letter, with Pitkethly explaining that the Tories have been "very busy" for [Michael Thomas] Sadler, whilst the Whigs have had a number of candidates including J. C. Ramsden, J. C. Hobhouse Blackburn and K. Connell [?]. It is likely Blackburn will stand as the Radicals are "resting on their oars".

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