Jeremy Bentham

Stephen Conway (ed.), The Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham: The Correspondence of Jeremy Bentham, Vol. 8: January 1809 to December 1816

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pg 441Editor’s Note2300To John Herbert Koe15 December 1814 (Aet 66)

Ford Abbey, 15th December, 1814.

Thanks for your about-nothing-at-all letter.2

Ricardo and Say3 came here yesterday to dinner unexpected; whether they go, however, or no, to-morrow, as was originally intended, I know not. Both very intelligent and pleasant men, and both seem highly pleased. There are two or three long letters to friend Allen,4 from Clarkson,5 giving an account of his negotiation at Paris for the abolition of the Slave Trade, in September and October last, extremely curious, and not a little hope-inspiring. By Wellington6 he was received with the utmost appearance of frankness and cordiality: Louis XVIII.7not only consenting, but zealous, acknowledging himself terrified into what was done, but determined that the trade shall not outlast the five years. He gave an account of interviews with a multitude of the negotiating people at Vienna, and of the measures taken by Clarkson, with the assistance of Louis and several of his Ministers, for disseminating truth to inform and govern the public mind in France.

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2300. 1 Bowring, x. 484.
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2 Missing.
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3 Jean-Baptiste Say (1767–1832), French economist and political philosopher, who visited Britain between September and December 1814.
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4 William Allen.
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5 Thomas Clarkson (1760–1846), anti-slavery campaigner.
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6 Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington (1769–1852), British commander in chief in the Peninsula war, later prime minister 1828–30 and, briefly, 1834. He had been appointed ambassador to Paris in July 1814 with the primary objective of negotiating the ending of the slave trade.
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7 Louis XVIII (1755–1824) the king of France from the restoration of the monarchy until the Hundred Days and then again until his death.
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