Note regarding the opening of the 'Hair Trunk'

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Manuscript note recalling the opening of a trunk containing Owen's papers. The note is unsigned, but does carry the address of Chatfield House, Putney, (which at the time was the home of the publisher Charles Reynell).

The note states that the trunk had been "confided" in the correspondent by Robert Dale Owen [who was appointed a Trustee of the papers by his father Robert Owen] in 1858, and since had been deposited at the offices of "C.P.G" [Cassell, Petter and Galpin] at [La] Belle Sauvage Yard, London where it remained unopened and the contents unexamined. Upon opening the trunk, it was found to contain Robert Owen's papers dating from around 1825 through to his death in 1858.

The trunk is identified as being the "Hair Trunk", and this is likely due to there being a lock of Robert Owen's hair alongside the papers.


Stamped number: 1321

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