Letter from E. Donovan to Robert Owen

Scope and Content

In this manuscript letter Donovan writes of the poor state of the press in Britain, which he has been involved with since 1789; writes he believes the British Press has "become an engine of slavery the effects of its oppression like the chains of vassalage are every where apparent in its influence over the intellectual independence of our Country" and, if the situation is not addressed, "the cause of knowledge in this Country will I am afraid be lost"; the "true cause of the degraded state of the British press is to be sought for truth be found in the tyranical measures of that left of centred men denominated the 'trade' "

Further discussion on the state of the Press, and Doherty's thoughts on a remedy for this follow.


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