Letter from Pierre Baume to Robert Owen.

Scope and Content

Manuscript letter in which Baume informs Owen that he has "consented" to be Jules Gay's correspondent and to devote himself "to the promotion of your intended mission in Paris." He states that he "anonymously" offered £500 for a school "founded by the association of All Classes of All Nations." He hopes to accompany Owen during his trip to Paris and offers to help fund the visit.

Enclosed are two translations of letters from Jules Gay to Robert Owen:

Translation, 9 Jun 1837: Gay looks forward to Owen's arrival in Paris. He advises that "the first care you will take will be to present yourself to our King who has acquired sufficient experience upon the subject of Socialism to hear your favourably." Gay anticipates that the "Saint-Simonians and Fourierites will increase our muster and that the three systems...will soon be blended into one." He hopes that Mrs. Wheeler (Anna Doyle Wheeler) will accompany Owen to Paris. Baume encloses the original for this letter.

Translation, 12 Jun 1837: Owen should inform De Lasteyrie of his intended date of arrival in Paris. Gay asks Owen to "bring all he has published respecting education and infant schools." He requests a number of Co-operative books and journals.


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