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Jeremy Bentham

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

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Editor’s NoteEditor’s Note1230From Patrick Colquhoun4 December 1796

Mr Colquhoun (one of the Magistrates of Police) presents his respectful compliments to General Bentham, and begs to know on what day and at what hour he can have the honor of waiting upon him, on the Subject of his plan for Building Penitentiary Houses.

Mr Colquhoun's object as General Bentham may possibly have seen in His Treatise on the Police, is to promote the Completion of this very useful Establishment and his chief object in waiting on the General is to learn from him what obstructions are at present in the way of completing his design and whether Mr Colquhoun could be made useful in removing them?

Mr Ford accompanyed Mr Colquhoun to General Benthams about 15 months ago to Converse on the same subject but were not so happy as to meet him at home.

  • Charles Square Hoxton
  •    4th December 1796

   General Bentham

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1230. 1 B.L. VI: 373–4. Autograph. Docketed: '1796 Dec 4 / Panopt. / Colquhoun Charles / Street Hoxton / to / J.B. Q.S.P.'
Addressed: 'General Bentham / Queen's Square Place / Westminster.' Although addressed to Samuel, the letter was clearly 'designed by description' for his brother, as Jeremy Bentham notes in his reply (letter 1232).
Patrick Colquhoun (1745–1820), a metropolitan police magistrate from 1792 to 1818, published a Treatise on the Police of the Metropolis in 1796 and was the author of a number of other books and pamphlets on poor relief, the liquor traffic and trade in general, including the important Treatise on the Population, Wealth, Power and Resources of the British Empire in every Quarter of the World, 1814.
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