Letter from Vincent Cooke to Robert Owen

Scope and Content

This manuscript letter opens with Cooke explaining his mother's cure for deafness which involves inserting the wool of a black sheep, still warm from being attached to the sheep, into the aperture of the ear; Owen is urged to try this at his first opportunity.

Cooke requests Owen to produce a short article for publication explaining him to be the founder of infant schools, and to make reference to " [James] Buchanan and [Samuel] Wilderspin etc." [and their role, or otherwise, in founding infant schools]; Cooke dismisses Wilderspin's claim of being the first, writing that he and his circle of friends, are not happy "for him to wear the Laurel for the invention or being Founder".

Owen is also asked to write down the part he played in the "Oregon question".

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Stamped number: 1424