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Jeremy Bentham

The Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham: The Correspondence of Jeremy Bentham, Vol. 10: July 1820 to January 1821

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Editor’s Note pg 446Editor’s Note2825From John Black1 December 1821

1 Dec 1821

2 Thames Bank Place Millbank—Friday Evening

Dear Sir

M. Rey2 called on me this morning to desire that I would make the following communication to you—

He says that his father was a Distiller and Rectifier at Grenoble, and that he himself is thoroughly acquainted with the process of making Cherry-water Kirschen-wasser etc.—that two Frenchmen had established a Concern of this sort in London, but having committed some imprudent acts, they have become embarrassed3—that if he could procure a loan of £300 one half for the Distilling apparatus etc. and the other for a Capital to commence, he could carry on this business and his Literary Labours at the same time, and gain an abundant subsistence.—Having taken an interest in his welfare, he was induced to apply to you with a view to know whether you could either yourself, or through any friend or acquaintance procure a Loan to the above amount—

I should not have thought of intruding on your private concerns on my own account, but having been solicited by M. Rey to make this communication I could not refuse him—

                                        I am Dear Sir

                                            Your ob Serv

                                                John Black

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Editor’s Note
2825. 1 UC x. 85. Autograph. Docketed: '1821 Dec 1 / For Rey / Black 2. Thames Bank / Place Milbank / to / J.B. Q.S.P. / Rey wants Loan of £300'. Addressed: 'To / Jeremy Bentham Esqr / Queens Square'. John Black succeeded James Perry as editor of the Morning Chronicle. For earlier references to him see Correspondence, ix, as index.
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2 Joseph-Philippe-Étienne Rey (1779–1855), French writer; later a magistrate. He had fled to England in 1820, following his participation in an unsuccessful plot against the restored Bourbon repine.
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3 According to The London Gazette, 3 November 1821, a certificate of bankruptcy had been awarded against Jean-Jacques Saintmarc and Louis-Michel-Alphonse Gazeau of Radcliffe Row, City Road. The London Gazette of 29 December following announced that the certificate had been allowed and confirmed.
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