Letter from James Milne to Robert Owen

Scope and Content

Manuscript letter referring to a volume on "National Education" which Milne had recently published. In his paper, The Crisis, Owen remarked favourably on the publication, but noted his regret in it not being published in London in a "cheap way" so the working classes may benefit. Milne explains to Owen that was his intention, but having no contact with London publishers he was therefore unable to proceed; when the current run of 250 is sold he will be glad to give the public an edition at the "cheapest rate".

Milne believes that "dispensing the truth" to the lower classes first is neither the most effectual nor speedy manner in making it "generally known"; the most effective means being to begin with the "instructors of mankind".

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Stamped number: 698