Letter from William Wilson to Robert Owen

Scope and Content

In this manuscript letter Wilson informs Owen that over 30 members of the Practical Society, of which Wilson is President, desire becoming members of a Community. Wilson enquires of the progress of plans of establishing communities at "Ireland, Motherwell or elsewhere".

Lengthy discussion follows reasoning why the members are in favour of joining a community, before Owen is warned that public opinion [in Edinburgh] is generally against his "New System". Wilson explains currently the understanding of the people there is so "fenced with the seven fold shield of prejudice, that truth while in the form of words cannot penetrate it".


Stamped number: 1a

Related Material

The reply to this letter dated 29 Dec 1822 can be found in the Hamilton Collection at Motherwell Public Library.