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Collection Reference Number GLC06364
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1826 
Title Esther Speakman to Martha Richardson discussing unrest in the community
Date 7 November 1826
Author Speakman, Esther (fl. 1826)  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Thanks her for her letter. Discusses Robert Dale Owen's change in the plan of the New Harmony community, so that "every person who joins themselves to the community for the term of five years gives in his or her propity for the use of the community." There is discontent in the community because some are finding it difficult to change their former lifestyle, however disgruntled individuals have left the community. Now "there is more virtue and less immorality among us than in any other town in the known world." "We think before long we shall be able to boast of the best schools in the known world." Her brother's family are well, but Elizabeth sometimes wishes herself back in Philadelphia. Founded in 1825 by Owen's father, the socialist community of New Harmony ended in 1827.
Subjects Religion  Woman Author  Women's History  Socialism  Morality and Ethics  Education  
People Owen, Robert Dale (1801-1877)  
Place written New Harmony, Indiana
Theme Women in American History; Education; Religion
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859