Jeremy Bentham

The Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham: The Correspondence of Jeremy Bentham, Vol. 6: January 1798 to December 1801

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pg 309Editor’s Note1557To Evan Nepean12 June 1800 (Aet 52)

12 June 1800

Could not you send, in your own name, or with the intervention of any other person, the inclosed paper2 with such corrections, if any, as you might think proper, to the Secretary or some other active Member of the Board of Agriculture, with or without any intimation, that it may afterwards be made the subject of an official reference.

If this is not done, I mean to apply to that quarter in my own name, for my own guidance—But how much better would it be, if it were made as above in a manner which should preclude all possible suspicion of partiality? For my own part, I assure you most solemnly that I have never had any the smallest intercourse on the subject directly or indirectly with any member of that Board. It was but yesterday it came into my head: and I have never mentioned it to any body but yourself: not even my Brother.

I have formed the question purposely, in such a manner that nobody might be able to guess the person interested.

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Editor’s Note
1557. 1 BL VII. 343. Autograph draft. Docketed: '1800 June 12 / Panopt. / J.B. Q.S.P. / to / Nepean Admiralty / With Question relative to / Rise of prices.' Copy at UC cxxi. 148, headed: 'Allowance for rise of pricesUnbiassed opinion, whence, Agricultural Board? Will N ask?if not J.B.' The Sheet is headed in pencil: 'Disarmed Memorial and its consequences Apr 21 1800 June 20 1800 12 June 1800.'
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