Jeremy Bentham

Catherine Fuller (ed.), The Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham: The Correspondence of Jeremy Bentham, Vol. 11: January 1822 to June 1824

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Editor’s Note3051To Richard Rush27 February 1824 (Aet 76)

Q.S.P 27 Febr 1824

My dear friend

Forgive my attempting to give you this trouble, I flatter myself it would not be great, and the necessity of the case compels me, or I would not till I had received notice of your being reduced to comparative leisure have thus drawn upon your time. A friend sets off overland for Greece on the 3d next.2 I have with the provisionally constituted authorities of that country a sort of connection of which I should be happy to shew you when the time comes a fruit already received, but which for fear of injuring them I durst not designate, and I conjure you as you value the welfare of that conjunct republick not to give to any person here any the most distant ratiocination even of this dark hint In consequence of this connection I had determined if procurable to send them a copy or two of that to me most highly useful work for two copies of which I am indebted to your kindness and that of Mr. Adams Smith. I have accordingly been sending to the persons whose names I see as Printers of it in Newcastle Street, without any thing said of a Bookseller but on inquiry in Newcastle Street, I have been told that they have for some time been gone from thence, and my Messenger could not learn whither.3 Thus it is that I am reduced to cast myself upon your kindness for any thing which for this purpose you may be able to do for pg 353me: for at this moment I know not how to direct a list to my friend Smith, and the time presses. If any such thing as a copy of the Constitutions of the United States were to be found at a Bookseller it would be of course in some respects, though not in all respects an advantageous substitute. But alas! I have been for years trying in vain to get an edition later than that which you were kind to give me a copy of,4 and I can neither get a copy of any such edition nor a copy of any National Calendar of any later date than the two first years.5 Sad and unaccountable state of things! how disgraceful to this country. I am about to try what I can do towards remedying it: but at the present moment I can not find time.

Want of time and weakness of eyes has concurred I fear in rendering this scrawl in some places scarce intelligible: for it is by candle light that I am scribbling: and by candle light my sight is sadly obscure and precarious in its effect.—Just room to subscribe myself Your's and ever Your's

                                                  Jeremy Bentham

R. Rush Esqr &c &c &c

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Editor’s Note
3051. 1 Richard Rush Collection, Box 25, Princeton University Library. Autograph. Endorsed: 'Mr. Bentham Feb:27. 1824', and 'Mem: (Unable to decypher it.—Mr Smith to get an explanation)'.
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2 Perhaps Blaquiere. The first instalment of the Greek loan was payable on 3 March 1824, and Bentham may have presumed at this point that Blaquiere would depart overland for Greece at that time.
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3 According to Colls's journal (BL XXVII. 130), a copy of a book entitled 'American u.S. Constit, explained' was sent to Stanhope on 17 March 1824 with Letter 3071. The book has not been further identified, but it may be the book Bentham is requesting from Rush.
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4 See Letter 3031 & n, 4.
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5 For Bentham's earlier complaint about the lack of recent copies of the National Calendar see Letter 3031 & n. 3.
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