Lot 867: Morgan, John, Minter



2015-09-16 14:11:38

Lot 867: Morgan John Minter: (1782-1854) English Philanthropist & Author. A.L.S., J M Morgan, Three Pages, 4To, Ludgate Hill, 30Th November 1826, To N. Byrne. Morgan States 'Some Time Since I Had The Honor Of Waiting Upon You With Mr. Owen Of New Lanark & As I Have Observed With Much Pleasure That You Have Occasionally Recommended His Benevolent Efforts To Public Attention I Take The Liberty Of Requesting The Favor Of Your Acceptance Of The Accompanying Volume' (No Longer Present) And Continues 'Every Pamphlet Or Work Professedly On The Subject Of Mutual Co-Operation Having Failed To Excite General Notice "The Revolt Of The Bees" Is A Very Humble Attempt To Present The Attraction Of Amusement. The Writer Is Conscious Of His Disqualifications For Such An Undertaking But As Literary Men Have Not Espoused The Cause & As He Conceives That The Results Of Each Successive Year Tend To Confirm The Predictions Of Mr. Owen While Increasing….Crime, In Spite Of The Endeavour Of Humane & Religious Characters To Arrest Their Progress, Indicate That The Cause Lies Much Deeper Than Has Been Suspected, He Has Attempted A New Development Of Mr. Owen'S Principles By Exhibiting As Well As His Inadequate Power, Would Allow The Anticipated Fruits Of The System Of Mutual Aid'. Morgan Further Draws His Correspondent'S Attention To Page 164 Of The Book, 'Regarding The Permanent Depreciation In The Value Of Labour In General By The Enormous Increase In The Scientific Powers Of Production - If Mr. Owen Is Right In His Calculation - This Fundamental Cause Of Difficulty Is Sufficient To Account For All Those Subordinate Evils Real Or Supposed Attributed To Taxation, Corn Laws, Currency &C &C'. A Letter Of Interesting Content. A Few Very Small, Neat Tears And Splits To Several Edges, Only Very Slightly Affecting A Few Letters Of Text And Not The Signature, Otherwise Vg. Robert Owen (1771-1858) Welsh Social Reformer, One Of The Founders Of Utopian Socialism And The Cooperative Movement. Morgan'S Projects Were Akin To Those Of Owen, As Illustrated By The Present Letter, But Were Avowedly Christian. The Revolt Of The Bees, Written Anonymously And Published In 1826, Contained Morgan'S Views On Education. International Autograph Auctions' Autograph Auction October 2015 Saturday, 3rd October 2015 Estimate: £150-200
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