Brooklyn. 1851. 208pp. Folio. Stitched. Light tanning. Very good. Untrimmed. Item #WRCAM53427
A complete run of the first volume, comprising fifty-two issues spanning from November 1851 to October 1852, of THE CIRCULAR, "a publication of the utopian Oneida and Wallingford communities, edited by J.H. Noyes" - Lomazow. "The author, educated at Dartmouth, Andover, and Yale, became an advocate of Perfectionism, and finally the founder of a community, in 1848, at Oneida, N.Y. A man of education and force, he developed this community to considerable success" - Larned. "Oneida's system of governance took the form of mutual criticism rather than written laws; individuals underwent scrutiny of their attitudes and behaviors by a committee or the whole community. The living and economic arrangements at Oneida were designed to further a new vision of family. Members lived together in the mansion, held property communally, shared in the raising of children as well as domestic and outdoor labor, and participated together in recreation and education. All of these practices emerged from Noyes's conviction that perfectionist theology must give rise to a radical restructuring of 'family' that would in turn reform the broader society" - ANB. "The ONEIDA CIRCULAR was the chief organ of the perfectionist communities founded by J.H. Noyes. It in Noyes expounded his doctrines of spiritualism, communism, and free love; though uneven in its editing, it was often well written and interesting" - Mott. THE CIRCULAR also discusses the organization and tenets of the community, the religious doctrines of Swedenborg, Brownson, and others, and much other material. LARNED 2882. LOMAZOW 568. MOTT II:207. Mary Farrell Bednarowski, "Noyes, John Humphrey" in AMERICAN NATIONAL BIOGRAPHY.