Letter from J. Schell Viettinghoff to Robert Owen

Scope and Content

Manuscript letter: Viettinghoff informs Owen that he is a Polish refugee that is a member of the Polish Democratic Society, and has become a follower of Owen's system. He wishes to "enlighten" the Polish people, both back in Poland and those who have emigrated, and therefore intends to translate a number of Owen's works.

Viettinghoff then asks Owen a question: "But what are, allow me to ask you, for mankind, even the best wishes of an individual, if he possess no means of puting[sic] them into an action?!" This question is followed by a description of his own situation as "an exile, a husband and a father," and its impact on his ability to act.


Stamped number: 1280.