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ROC - Robert Owen Collection

Letter from James Rigby to Robert Owen

Reference Number(s)GB 1499 ROC/17/17/65
Dates of Creation28 Jun 1855
Physical Description 6 pages

Scope and Content

Manuscript letter, in which Rigby informs Owen of the latest developments regarding the Panorama [depicting a model village] which is currently exhibiting at St. Martin's Hall [London]. That morning a much better meeting has gone ahead with more money being made than at any previous meeting. Meanwhile, Atkins has been to see Lord Palmerston and gained his Lordship's consent to attend a private exhibition, and if approving will recommend it to her Majesty [Queen Victoria]. However, Rigby doubts that Atkins is the right man to seize such a chance which is presenting itself to him as he is "impulsive and destroys the end he has in view"; a professional lecturer is being sought to take Atkins place.

Note

Stamped number: 2436

Personal Names

Temple,  Henry John. ( 1784-1865)  3rd Viscount Palmerston statesman
Victoria, ( 1819-1901)  Queen of Great Britain and Ireland

Letter from James Rigby to Robert Owen

Reference Number(s)GB 1499 ROC/17/17/66
Dates of Creation6 Jul 1855
Physical Description 2 pages

Scope and Content

Manuscript letter, in which the takings from the Panorama [depicting model village] being exhibited at St. Martin's Hall are detailed.

Rigby notes that [Pierre] Baume is presently meeting with [Thomas] Atkins and [Paschal] Randolph has been to St. Martin's Hall every day of the exhibition.

Note

Stamped number: 2440

Personal Names

Randolph,  Paschal Beverly. ( 1825-1875)  spiritualist
Baume,  Pierre Henri Joseph. ( 1797-1875)  radical activist and eccentric

Letter from James Rigby to Robert Owen

Reference Number(s)GB 1499 ROC/17/17/67
Dates of Creation15 Jul 1855
Physical Description 10 pages

Scope and Content

This manuscript letter opens with Rigby explaining that he writes "more from habit than from having anything important to say".

Lengthy discussion regarding the exhibiting of Atkins' Panorama [depicting a model village] at St. Martins Hall follows, with Rigby stating he has never knew a "greater failure" and £200 will not cover the loss made. Rigby believes Atkins is far too "impulsive" to do justice to the subject.

Rigby writes Atkins has been having "many consultations" with [Pierre] Baume, who has offered him an estate and 40,000 pounds to commence an "Educational Colony" on the condition he has £100 a year and a room for himself allowed by the Trustees of the new establishment. Rigby expresses he has no faith in either Baume and his promises.

Note

Stamped number: 2443

Personal Names

Baume,  Pierre Henri Joseph. ( 1797-1875)  radical activist, eccentric
Atkins,  Thomas

Letter from James Rigby to Robert Owen

Reference Number(s)GB 1499 ROC/17/17/68
Dates of Creation24 Jul 1855
Physical Description 7 pages

Scope and Content

In this manuscript letter Rigby provides Owen with a comprehensive update of the progress he has made with tasks carried out on Owen's behalf. This includes contacting the John Street [Institute] Committee to make arrangements for Owen's meeting to be held there, and posting Owen a number of newspapers.

Rigby writes that [Pierre] Baume has now sold [Thomas] Atkins 1 acre of land at Colny Hatch, [London] on which to build a house and an "engineering establishment". He explains that "Young Atkins" has been appointed "C.E." of the "New Colony" and has already met with the Great Northern Railway people who have, at their own expense, agreed to lay a "slip way" from Colony Hatch Station to the estate, with Atkins then to supply the track through the estate itself. Rigby will do all he can [for those behind the scheme for the colony], this despite his "opposition to it" as he believes it to be a "Moral Attack on the Old World led by two Mad Brained Men one with Great Physical Power and some Philosophy, the other a Keen, Cunning Man with more Activity than any [other] Man". Rigby suggests he and Owen visit the land incognito [and see for themselves the suitability or otherwise of the Estate for building a colony]; detailed instructions of the location (with a sketched map) are provided.

Note

Stamped number: 2448

Personal Names

Atkins,  Thomas
Baume,  Pierre Hanri Joseph. ( 1797-1875)  radical reformer, eccentric

Letter from James Rigby to Robert Owen

Reference Number(s)GB 1499 ROC/17/17/69
Dates of Creation5 Aug 1855
Language of Material German
Physical Description 12 pages

Scope and Content

In this manuscript letter Rigby reflects at length on both the progress made by those who wished to change society and to bring in a "New System", and also what the future may hold. He explains he feels in the beginning it was the case of a few individuals coming together who "held a deep conviction that society was wrong", and, once organised, they "opened their door to all". This saw the "refuse and outcast from every sect" join, men who "could agree with no one" and soon they had become "divided amongst themselves - their mission being ended they fell" [the disbanding of the Unions].

In terms of the present, then Rigby believes that "new ideas" are everywhere and once again men are coming together again in hope of effecting change. However, Rigby remains to be convinced of the paucity of such schemes as the one put forward by [Pierre] Baume and [Thomas] Atkins to establish a "Educational and Industrial Colony" - they will either "advance the cause 20 years on 1, or will put it back 5".

An update of progress with the Baume and Atkins scheme follows, with Rigby informing Owen that an office has been taken on Judd Street, the preliminary financial arrangements for rent from the cottages and land have been set. Meanwhile [William] Pare, [Robert] Corss and [Henry] Travis wish to have meeting with Atkins to ascertain what he wishes to do on the estate and also to meet with Baume and know "distinctly" what he is prepared to do; they will then determine amongst themselves what they will do and if they should become Trustees.

The letter closes with Rigby recounting to Owen a meeting he had with Baume. At this meeting Baume put forward his reasons for gifting his estate for the setting-up a 'colony' and outlined his stipulations regarding the transfer of the estate. This includes obtaining two "medical men" to write a report [to certify that Baume is not insane].

A small newspaper cutting in German reports that Baron Corvaja has published a German paper.

Note

Stamped number: 2454

Subjects

Communities

Personal Names

Baume,  Pierre Henri Joseph. ( 1797-1875)  radical activist, eccentric
Atkins,  Thomas

Letter from James Rigby to Robert Owen

Reference Number(s)GB 1499 ROC/17/17/70
Dates of Creation12 Aug 1855
Physical Description 7 pages

Scope and Content

Manuscript letter, in which Owen is informed in considerable detail of the progress made regarding Baume's estate, and in particular arrangements for the land to be made over to the Trustees. Rigby writes that their are numerous plans being put forward, but that for them to progress an "harmony of action" must take place. Rigby recounts a meeting with Baume, and notes his belief that Baume is getting impatient for progress.

Note

Stamped number: 2456

Subjects

Communities
Property transfer

Letter from James Rigby to Robert Owen

Reference Number(s)GB 1499 ROC/17/17/71
Dates of Creation16 Aug 1855
Physical Description 10 pages

Scope and Content

In this manuscript letter Rigby provides Owen with a lengthy update of progress in regard to Baume's estate. Rigby recalls receiving a letter from Baume (and provides a copy here for Owen) which accompanied a Trust Deed. Ribgy explains he showed the Deed to Atkins, and that Atkins was most displeased with it claiming the lawyers had not in fact drawn up a Deed at all.

Note

Stamped number: 2457

Subjects

Communities
Property transfer

Letter from James Rigby to Robert Owen

Reference Number(s)GB 1499 ROC/17/17/72
Dates of Creation18 Aug 1855
Physical Description 4 pages

Scope and Content

Manuscript letter, in which Owen is informed of the ongoing legal negotiations regarding the drawing up of a Deed for Pierre Baume's estate. Rigby is exasperated, and writes whilst he is as "ignorant as a donkey on Law matters" he believes that selling or giving a estate should be just as simple a process as "selling or giving a horse".

Note

Stamped number: 2432

Subjects

Communities
Property transfer

Personal Names

Baume,  Pierre Henri Joseph. ( 1797-1875)  radical activist, eccentric

Letter from James Rigby to Robert Owen

Reference Number(s)GB 1499 ROC/17/17/73
Dates of Creation10 Sep 1855
Physical Description 3 pages

Scope and Content

In this manuscript letter Rigby provides Owen with a brief update of the progress he has made with tasks carried out on Owen's behalf. A meeting which Owen requested cannot be called as most of those Owen would like present are out of town, the letter Owen was waiting for from Rigby was not forthcoming as Rigby was waiting for Owen to visit town [London] as he had intimated and Baume and Atkins are "not quite so much in unity as they were" following some misunderstandings.

Note

Stamped number: 2465

Personal Names

Baume,  Pierre Henri Joseph. ( 1797-1875)  radical activist, eccentric
Atkins,  Thomas

Letter from James Rigby to Robert Owen

Reference Number(s)GB 1499 ROC/17/17/74
Dates of Creation21 Sep 1855
Physical Description 4 pages

Scope and Content

In this manuscript letter Rigby provides Owen with an update of the progress he has made with tasks carried out on Owen's behalf. This includes delivering Owen's newspapers to [John] Finch, forwarding Owen several newspapers and going through Owen's letter and finding a number of Labour Notes; a few have been saved as Owen suggested, some have been "sent...to all parts of the world" and Rigby asks here what should be done with the remainder.

Rigby closes the letter by writing that he would like to have some "fun" with the Government and the Stock Exchange and sets-out the details of a plan which would see the establishment of a "Rational Colony".

Note

Stamped number: 2467


Letter from James Rigby to Robert Owen

Reference Number(s)GB 1499 ROC/17/17/75
Dates of Creation21 Sep 1855
Physical Description 3 pages

Scope and Content

In this manuscript letter Rigby provides Owen with a comprehensive update of the progress he has made with tasks carried out on Owen's behalf. This includes forwarding Owen a letter from Baron Corvaja and arranging for a number of Owen's works to be sent to Mr.Charles George A[l]lhausen of Kiel, Germany.

Note

Stamped number: 2472

Personal Names

Allhusen,  Charles George. ( fl 1850s)  merchant

Letter from James Rigby to Robert Owen

Reference Number(s)GB 1499 ROC/17/17/76
Dates of Creation23 Sep 1855
Physical Description 7 pages

Scope and Content

In this manuscript letter Rigby provides Owen with a comprehensive update of the progress he has made with tasks carried out on Owen's behalf. This includes having several meetings with Baron Corvaja, who he found very difficult to understand and would consider it a waste of time were he not sure that "he is sincere and desires to do good".

Rigby provides Owen with an update of the latest news regarding Pierre Baume and the proposed sale of his estate at Colney Hatch. He also provides an update regarding [Thomas] Atkins' Panorama [depicting a model village] explaining that while it is doing better in Birmingham than it ever did in London it is still not doing as well as was expected.

Note

Stamped number: 2474


Letter from James Rigby to Robert Owen

Reference Number(s)GB 1499 ROC/17/17/77
Dates of Creation30 Sep 1855
Physical Description 4 pages

Scope and Content

In this manuscript letter Rigby provides Owen with an update of the progress he has made with tasks carried out on Owen's behalf. He called on the Baron [Corvaja], sent out a number of newspapers and left a number of Owen's works at the Church of the Latter Day Saints as Owen had requested.

Note

Stamped number: 2478

Corporate Names

Church of the Latter Day Saints

Letter from James Rigby to Robert Owen

Reference Number(s)GB 1499 ROC/17/17/78
Dates of Creation4 Oct 1855
Physical Description 1 page

Scope and Content

In this short manuscript note Rigby informs Owen that he has forwarded him a number of newspapers and notes that the Baron [Corvaja] intends to leave for Belgium next week.

Note

Stamped number: 2482

Subjects

Newspapers

Letter from James Rigby to Robert Owen

Reference Number(s)GB 1499 ROC/17/17/79
Dates of Creation23 Oct 1855
Physical Description 4 pages

Scope and Content

In this manuscript letter Rigby provides Owen with an update of the progress he has made with tasks carried out on Owen's behalf. This includes seeing Mr. Clayton regarding Owen's copies of The Times going missing in the post, sending Owen various other newspapers and posting copies of the Millennial Gazette to a number of individuals.

Mention is made of the sorrow being felt by the Holyoake family following the death of Mrs Austin Holyoake [Lucy] in childbirth.

Note

Stamped number: 2490

Personal Names

Holyoake,  Austin. ( 1826-1874)  freethought printer, publisher

Letter from James Rigby to Robert Owen

Reference Number(s)GB 1499 ROC/17/17/80
Dates of Creation25 Oct 1855
Physical Description 3 pages

Scope and Content

In this manuscript letter Rigby provides Owen with an update of the progress he has made with tasks carried out on Owen's behalf. This includes enquiring at the Post Office for lost packages and forwarding Owen a number of copies of the Advertiser.

Note

Stamped number: 2491


Letter from James Rigby to Robert Owen

Reference Number(s)GB 1499 ROC/17/17/81
Dates of Creation28 Oct 1855
Physical Description 4 pages

Scope and Content

In this manuscript letter Rigby provides Owen with an update of the progress he has made with tasks carried out on Owen's behalf. This includes sending Owen a number of newspapers, calling at Holyoakes to see if any American papers had arrived for Owen and confirming that the Daily Telegraph will not place Owen's advertisement before the leading article of the day.

Note

Stamped number: 2493

Subjects

Newspapers
Press advertisement

Letter from James Rigby to Robert Owen

Reference Number(s)GB 1499 ROC/17/17/82
Dates of Creation4 Nov 1855
Physical Description 4 pages

Scope and Content

In this manuscript letter Rigby provides Owen with an update of the progress he has made with tasks carried out on Owen's behalf. This includes sending Owen a number of newspapers including the Reasoner and some American papers.

Rigby recounts a tale told him by a Dr. Dixon whereby a "poor simple woman" was induced by spirit of some "eminent Physician" to write a prescription.

News of [Thomas] Atkins' Panorama [depicting a model village] follows, with Rigby writing of hearing that a loss of £200 was made at the latest exhibition in Birmingham and that Atkins himself was once again in an "unbalanced" mental state.

The letter closes with discussion the unfortunate circumstances befalling Pierre Baume who, along with being unable to carry out his wish of gifting his estate to Trustees, must also face an upcoming court case; Rigby believes "the greatest enemy he has his himself".

Note

Stamped number: 2497

Subjects

Trials

Personal Names

Baume,  Peirre Henri Joseph. ( 1797-1875)  radical activist, eccentric