Jeremy Bentham

The Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham: The Correspondence of Jeremy Bentham, Vol. 7: January 1802 to December 1808

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Editor’s Note1765From Brownlow Forde25 December 1802

Sir,

Sleeping at my Daughter's house, last night, the Globe Coffee- House, Charles-Street, Hatton-Garden, your letter did not come to hand, till I went to my duty, this morning.—I am much afraid, that my opinion upon unaccountable Pardons, would be of little avail, set in opposition to the Chancellor and the Privy Council. A person in so humble a Station as I am, could not possibly be considered but as a feather in the balance, against such a host of consequence, with the Recorder,2 as the drill-serjeant of the whole corps. He wishes, in fact, to be thought to know every thing relative to Prisoners; whereas, he knows—till he enquires from the Police-Runners, or Mr Kirby.3—However, Sir, I shall try to recollect what I can, and bring some memors with me, on Tuesday, to your hospitable board. pg 174In the mean time, try to recollect such questions, as you want answered, commit them to paper, and take the trouble of directing them, as above, to yr most obliged and very hum, Sert

  • Brownlow Forde
  • 25 Decemr 1802.

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1765. 1 UC cxvi. 406. Autograph. No docket. Addressed: 'Jeremy Bentham Esq. / Queen's Place, / Queen-Square / Westminster.' Postmark: '10 o'clock / DE. 2 ⟨…⟩ / 1802'. A reply to letter 1762.
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2 The recorder of the City of London, Sir John Rose, who had held the office since 1789.
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3 John Kirby, keeper of Newgate since 1792.
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