With the help of Neale and Holyoake
spared himself no trouble; he
gave the leisure of his
mornings, of his
mid day, of his
evenings and of his
sabbaths, freely and ungrudgingly to sending replies to most distant or unknown persons in any part of the country or in any part of the world - he
thought much higher of the benefits co-operative principles could render morally than of the pecuniary benefits they could confer" (Holyoake).
Among his friends were G.J. Holyoake
, T. Hughes, E.V. Neale, Hodgson Pratt, and E.O. Greening.
Several of his co-operative acquaintances were old Owenites, among them Dr J. Watts, James Hole, William Pare, Galpin (Pare's son-in-law and member of the firm of Cassell
, Petter and Galpin, then the biggest publishers in the world), Lloyd Jones, E. T. Craig, G. J. Holyoake
, A. Pears (founder of the famous soap firm, reputed possessor of the finest collection of personal relics of Owen: Greening held that the recipe for Pears soap was given to Pears by Robert Owen).
.McCabe's biography lists 175 books and pamphlets by Holyoake
In addition he
edited several periodicals, 27 in all, some of which he
Maxwell corresponded with and was influenced by G.J. Holyoake
and Lloyd Jones.
most important work was Hampden in the Nineteenth Century, 1834, held by Holyoake
to be his
most extensively read book, but Beer (History of British Socialism)e age of 16.Secretary of the Co-operative Productive Federation
Helped to start a Mechanics' Institute
(later attended by G.J. Holyoake
as a student).
credits him with introducing into England the term Congress for deliberative meetings.
Author of Claims of Capital and Labour, Plan for the Suppression of the Predatory Classes, Co-operative Agriculture, and a history of Ralahine.Edited William Thompson's Inquiry into the Principles of the Distribution of Wealth Most Conducive to Human Happiness.
Friendly with Hughes, Neale, Ludlow, and Holyoake
described him as the chief of the Pioneers
and in some respects the greatest, "it was Mr Smithies' merriment which kept Co-operation in good countenance during the evil days.