Jeremy Bentham

The Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham: The Correspondence of Jeremy Bentham, Vol. 5: January 1794 to December 1797

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pg 242Editor’s Note1161To Baron Arden11 August 1796 (Aet 48)

Q.S.P. Aug. 11 - 1796

My Lord

It was with much concern that I was informed of Sir Thomas Wilson's repugnance by his Land Steward, Mr Stride, who called on me the next day after the date of the Letter which your Lordship speaks of. My answer was, that the choice resting exclusively with the Treasury Board, it was thither only that any application on the subject could be directed with any effect. This being the precise state of the case, it would be obeying the Letter to the prejudice of the spirit, of your Lordship's commands were I to put your Lordship to the trouble of coming to Town for the purpose mentioned.2 The utmost I could do would be to convey to the Treasury the substance of your Lordship's representations. By passing thro' such a medium it is impossible they should gain any thing, nor could they undergo any alteration which would not be to their disadvantage. Should it be your Lordship's pleasure to intrust me with them in your own words and to make use of me as an instrument for conveying them in that form to the proper authority, the trust would be faithfully and promptly executed.

If after all it should chance to be the pleasure of the Treasury Board to abide by the choice (a matter about which I am entirely in the dark) it might then perhaps be in my powers, as it would most sincerely be my inclination, to alleviate very considerably, if not to avert altogether, whatever apprehensions may have been suggested by the idea of a vicinity, which to a first glance can scarcely do otherwise than appear formidable.

I have the honor to be—             

Lord Arden

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Editor’s Note
1161. 1 B.L. VI: 248–9. Fair copy, not in Bentham's hand. Docketed: '1796 Aug 11 / Copy / Panopt / J.B. Q.S.P. / to / Ld Arden Epsom.'
Autograph draft, B.L. VI: 250–1.
Editor’s Note
2 But he did come to see Bentham (see below, p. 243).
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