Jeremy Bentham

The Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham: The Correspondence of Jeremy Bentham, Vol. 2: 1777–80

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Editor’s Note291Jeremy Bentham to Samuel BentHam12–13 December 1778 (Aet 30)

Why have not you in all this while written any thing to Q.S.P. about your voyage? It is impossible to keep it a secret from him, neither is there any reason for it; and it is better he should hear of it from you than from me. Write to him before you go through me that I may see the letter and write such a letter to me as may be ostensible to him.

I send you the remainder of the Shirts—they came here but this morning—also of the handkerchieves.

Macaulay is with me, and has brought me a power of books.

It was Q.S.P. s birthday to day—662

Sunday 13th Decr. 1778

 Linc. Inn.

I sent you the first part of the linen by the Coach that set off from behind St. Clements on Friday at 11 at night.

The Cot was sent the same night to an Inn at the Borough from whence it was to set off at 9 the next morning and to reach Portsmouth by 3 on Tuesday afternoon.

The Sheets and 2 pillow cases are with it.

Write me word if you receive all these things.

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Editor’s Note
291. 1 B.M. II: 265. Autograph. Docketed: 'I.B. Decr. 13th 1778.'
Editor’s Note
2 On the occasion of his entering his sixty-seventh year Jeremiah Bentham wrote a letter to his son, Samuel, at the Royal Academy, Portsmouth, in which he meditates upon life, which 'is made up of Hopes and Fears, of Comforts and Disappointments, in short, of Contraries …' and makes an application of these reflections to the case of Admiral Keppel who is shortly to be tried by Court Martial at Portsmouth (B.M. II: 266).
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