Jeremy Bentham

Stephen Conway (ed.), The Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham: The Correspondence of Jeremy Bentham, Vol. 9: January 1817 to June 1820

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pg 147Editor’s Note2450To Francis Place14 January 1818 (Aet 69)

J.B. Ford Abbey to F.P. Charing Cross Wedny 14 Jany 1818.

In all this time, Romilly, upon being asked said to Mr Koe that he had not read any more of Church Cat, than he read at this holy place: this being true or false what is plain is—that at no determinate time can I be warranted in expecting any opinion from him on the subject: what leisure time he had he found it more expedient to employ not improbably after consultation with brother Whigs, in the manner that you know of.

Now then is the time for disclosing the name to Mark Wilkes, that with that in his hand he may make good the assurance you were mentioning to me of finding a bookseller that would publish. Tomorrow I think of writing to W. Smith M.P. for some good behaviour I understand he is able to furnish of the Archbp of Canterbury to set off against his misdeeds in the business of the National Society,2 but the application to Wilkes need not wait the answer, if any, from Smith: the design as I inform him is to publish it in front of Church Cat.

For your sins as well as mine this paper is greasy to the degree which you see: this added to my handwriting will render the legibility of these presents but too precarious.

Many thanks for the new Hodgkin letter3 received in a cover franked by Romilly.

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Editor’s Note
2450. 1 Bound in the British Library copy of Church-of-Englandism (shelf mark 4106. bb. 6). Autograph. Addressed: 'J.H. Koe Esq / Lincolns Inn / London'. Postmark: 'A / 17 JA 17 / 1818'. Stamped: 'CHARD / 142'. Detached from letter 2449.
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2 Archbishop Manners-Sutton had presided at the meeting that gave rise in 1811 to the National Society for the Education of the Poor in the Principles of the Established Church. Romilly explained that Church-of-Englandism was 'written against the National School Society, whose aim is to proscribe all education of the poor, except that in which the religion of the Church of England plays an essential part'. See Memoirs of the Life of Sir Samuel Romilly, 3 vols., London, 1840, iii. 336–7.
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3 Perhaps to Place rather than to Bentham. Thomas Hodgskin (1787–1869) was an associate of Place's. He had written An Essay on Naval Discipline, London, 1813, which called for naval reforms. Hodgskin toured Europe after the Napoleonic wars and he was later to be a leading exponent of the labour theory of value.
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