Jeremy Bentham

T. L. S. Sprigge (ed.), The Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham: The Correspondence of Jeremy Bentham, Vol. 1: 1752–76

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Editor’s Note35To Jeremiah Bentham12 December 1761 (Aet 13)

Dear Papa

I send you inclos'd the last 36 Pages of the Tusculan disputations, which I doubt not will give you pleasure, as it does me to think my labours are at an End, which I hope are not in vain. you must needs think I studied pretty hard, to do 6 pages a day besides the College-Exercises which however as I told you, were not so many this week as they used to be, else I think I could hardly

have done so much.

I hope my dear Papa, I have not done any thing that you are displeased at, I have not heard from you since the Wednesday or Thursday after I came to Oxford; above three weeks ago.

pg 56Wheatly goes to town on Friday the 18th the next day after the last in term, so that if you please I may take that Opportunity to go with him, as he said he would wait till then for me, but was obliged to be in town by next day, otherwise he would have gone the 15th or 16th: I hope you will send me a line by next post, whether I may go or not then: but as I hope to be in town before the week is out, I will conclude with professing myself

  • Your dutifull           
  • and affectionate Son      
  • J. Bentham          

Sunday Decr. 12 1761

My duty to my Grandmama and love to my dear Brother.

Accipe quos mitto, studii, Pater optime, fructus; En tibi longi operis, denique finis adest.

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Editor’s Note
35. 1 B.M. I: 137–138. Autograph. Docketed by Jeremiah Bentham: 'Jeremy Bentham / Queen's Coll. / Decr. 12 1761.' (12 December was a Saturday.)
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