Letter from Isaac Ironside to Robert Owen

Scope and Content

Manuscript letter, opening with discussion of Owen's Manifesto. Ironsides believes the language used in it to be "immeasurably superior" to that of the debates in Parliament; he aims to get the Manifesto inserted into the Iris and to get 500 copies printed.

Ironside writes of employing a Mr Palfreyman as their attorney to defend them from having to pay Poor Rates on their Hall.

The remainder of the letter is a copy of a letter which Ironside sent to the Marquis [Marquess] of Normanby. In the letter, Ironside writes an impassioned defence of himself, as a Socialist, one of a group disparaged in a debate [in Parliament] and charged as being " reckless, disguising, bad men of no character, knaves & dupes". In a lengthy passage, Ironside defends his good character and asserts his high standing within Sheffield society, naming a number of prominent individuals with whom is familiar to one degree or another. His opposition to rebellion or revolution is stressed when he states that while his stake in the country is not large, it is enough to deter him from "adopting any course but a peaceable one". Mention is also made of the Socialists and Chartists of Sheffield meeting to discuss the "inutility" of the Charter.


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