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10.: Cooperation: First Speech 1825 - John Stuart Mill, The Collected Works of John Stuart Mill, Volume XXVI - Journals and Debating Speeches Part I 
The Collected Works of John Stuart Mill, Volume XXVI - Journals and Debating Speeches Part I, ed. John M. Robson (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1988).
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Cooperation: First Speech
MS, Mill-Taylor Collection, II/1/3. This fragment, which internal evidence suggests is part of Mill’s first (intended) speech on Cooperation, in the second debate between the Utilitarians and the Owenites at the latter’s Co-operative Society, is written on the back of an East India Co. document, not earlier than 1823. As not published in Mill’s lifetime, not listed in his bibliography.
the side of the question which I mean to espouse being unfortunately very far from popular in this society, I should feel considerable apprehension in addressing you, did I not know that this society consists of persons, who having thrown off the yoke of authority, venture to think for themselves, and who therefore cannot fail to be indulgent to others who mean to claim the same privilege. They whose opinions are founded upon reflection are always ready to give a fair hearing to others. It is only the slaves of authority, who are anxious to stifle discussion; those who are unable to give a reason for the opinions which they hold, and who are therefore aware that their only chance of success consists in silencing opposition.
I should be extremely sorry, if any thing that I may say this evening were to be interpreted in a sense disrespectful to any of those whose doctrines I take the liberty of opposing. For those of them who honor me with their acquaintance I have the highest possible respect. Of Mr. Robert Owen in particular, I can join my testimony.1
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