Jeremy Bentham

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

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Editor’s Note231To Samuel Bentham21 January 1778 (Aet 29)

The parcel is received—It is late—I must be short. I do not understand what Mrs. D. says about Wilson's promising to deliver her letters into her hands. They were left in mine by consent of all parties. In mine they are: and since in mine she does not think them safe I return them to you, in whose hands I hope she will think them safer. But since she peremptorily refuses to deliver up Wilson's, he on his part as peremptorily enjoins you not to part with hers untill she does.

pg 80How can she pretend to fancy herself charged with dishonesty for spending her own money? I am sick of such eternal altercations, and resolved to wash my hands of them. We did it is true, charge her with bragging, a habit which since she finds a comfort in, let her keep.

Your letter is likewise received.

Wednesday Jany. 21. 1777.

The packet of Mrs. D.'s letters will be sent by the Coach tomorrow.

As to her charge of shewing a letter of her's to Mrs. W. I know not what she means.

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Editor’s Note
231. 1 B.M. II: 154–155. Autograph. Docketed: 'I.B. Jany. 21 1778.'
Addressed: 'Mr. Bentham / the King's Dock Yard / near Rochester.' Bentham has put the wrong year. Postmark: '21 IA'.
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