Jeremy Bentham

Luke O'Sullivan and Catherine Fuller (eds), The Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham: The Correspondence of Jeremy Bentham, Vol. 12: July 1824 to June 1828

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Editor’s Note3356To Albany Fonblanque8 August 1827 (Aet 79)

  • Q.S.P 8 Aug. 1827
  • 10. P.M.

The pleasure of Mr A. Fonblanque's company tomorrow at the Hermitage is depended upon. But the surly old Hermit growls and grumbles at the task imposed upon him of saying so thrice over.2 The fear of seeing himself gibbeted in the Diary has however forced him to look about him, and employ all his poor remaining energies in the endeavour to bridle in his wrath.3 What can be more prudential than prudence?

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3356. 1 British Library of Political and Economic Science, Letter Collection, Vol. IV, fos. 43–4. Autograph.
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2 Bentham's initial invitation, in response to Letter 3354, apparently went astray; the second invitation was Letter 3355. Fonblanque's reply to Letter 3355, to which this appears to be a reply, is missing.
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3 Possibly an allusion to Edward Fairfax, Godfrey of Bulloigne, or the Recouerie of Ierusalem, London, 1600, v. xxvi. 5–7:
  • Rinaldo heard him as he stood beside,
  • And (as he could not bridle wrath and ire)
  • Thou liest, cride he lowd, and with that word
  • About his head he tost his flaming sword.
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