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 Note1751To Samuel Romilly16 December 1802 (Aet 54)

16 Decr 1802.

My Dear Romilly

Underneath is what you have a full right to as being in effect an answer to a letter of yours—2

Give him to understand (if any thing should happen to bring you and him into contact upon the subject) how much flattered I am in pg 162receiving a degree of attention so much out of the common course, especially towards an ex-lex like myself, whofor so many years has had no head upon his shoulders but a wolf's. Through your means it is possible that he may not only open it, but even go on with it till he comes to some passage which will present itself as bearing too hard upon some of his friends whereupon it will become more pleasant to turn aside than to persevere.

You may perhaps have anticipated me in observing that the object—and according to him the sole object of the Bill is to stop up one of the flaws pointed out in the pamphlet in question p. 37. note.3 After straining out the gnat will they disgorge any of the camels they have swallowed? Point out to him if you are so disposed the coincidence between little men's notes and great men's bills, and take notice of what he says to it. I return Camille Jourdan4 to you— items 'Bulls' with my devotions to Mrs R. Yours ever devinctissimus5


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1751. 1 BL VII. 667–8. Copy. Docketed: '1802 Decr 16 / Panopt. / J.B. Q.S.P. / to / Romilly Linc. Inn / Inclosing copy of Atty / Genls letter.'
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2 MS note in pencil: 'Here follows copy of a letter from Atty Genl to J.B. of 13 Decr 1802.'
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3 Letter to Lord Pelham, p. 37 n. This is a long note on the transportation laws, and includes the following queries: 'By what law does the Commander of a King's ship (the Glatton for instance) take upon himself to transport Convicts? Is he made to sign a contract for the transportation of these his passengers, as an independent Merchant would be for the performance of the same service? If the formality of a contract is employed, where is the legality, if not, where is the honesty, of the practice?'
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4 Camille Jourdan (1771–1821), French politician. The work referred to may have been his pamphlet Vrai sens du vote national sur le Consulat à vie, Paris, 1802.
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5 'very devoted'.
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