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The Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham: The Correspondence of Jeremy Bentham, Vol. 12: July 1824 to June 1828

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Editor’s NoteEditor’s Note3227To Étienne Dumont1 November 1825 (Aet 77)

Q.S.P 1 Novr 1825

My dear Dumont

It would delay the completion of your wishes, for which I am making every exertion my weak faculties permitt, were I to detail to you the contretems by which I have been kept from giving an earlier answer to your letter.2 My sole occupation consists at present in revising and causing to be copied the whole of that portion of my Constit. Code which regards the Judicial Establishment. I have already made some progress in it—original and copy—and shall be disappointed if it is not compleated before ten days are at an end. Meantime I am casting about for the promptest and upon the whole the most eligible mode of transmission.

  •                          Yours ever
  •                                                        J.B.

A week I was detained at Bouloigne by stress of weather. At Dover two days by scarcity of means of conveyance.

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On my arrival, my Richard (Doane) found a letter to him dated 16 July from the Marquis de Ginestous,3 written for the purpose of pg 178obtaining one from me to introduce him to you: for which I can not imagine what need he could imagine, his acquaintance with De Candole4 considered. Decandole I was to have met at dinner at J.B. Say's, but instead of him I met the sad news of his sudden departure and the cause of it.

The D. de Broglie5 I met at la Gr.e an invitation to which detained me in France two days indeed three days longer than I had intended.6 If any thing could have paid me for the loss of the small quantity of time I can have left for the use of mankind, it would have been that visit.

Vos mœurs et vos ecrits sont peints sur votre visage, said Gen. Foy7 to me at meeting: ever since which I have been walking upon stilts.

One bust by David pupil of the celebrated painter8 and one portrait by a Mademoiselle Pagès I have sat to at the entreating of these several friends under the notion of serving them. Both are pronounced striking likenesses. A Lithograph of the portrait you will have ere long, I am assured.9 The painting is to be exhibited one year in Paris, the next in London and then lapse to me: i.e. to my Exors &c.

Sitting to another has been promised as favour to Hughes10 who has executed striking likenesses they say of the King,11 D. of York12 and Sussex &c.13 I am promised a copy which it is said will be worth 30 guineas.

Sincere thanks for your offer of meeting. I had virtue enough to refuse the like from my Brother with any or all of his family.

With notice of three instances of cure of similar complaints within Mr Koe's knowledge I began to day bathing in an imitation of the Barege waters.14

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3227. 1 Dumont MSS 74, fo. 56. Autograph. Addressed: 'A Monsieur / M. Étienne Dumont / aux Philosophes / près Geneve'. Postmarks: 'PAID / 1 NO 1 / 1825'; and 'GENEVE / 14 9vre 1825'. Two further postmarks are illegible.
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2 Presumably the missing letter which Bentham states he received while at Paris: see Letter 3228 n. 2.
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3 Perhaps Marquis Paul Joseph Marie Roger de Ginestous (1797–1844). The letter is missing.
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4 Augustin Pyramus de Candolle.
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5 Achille Léon Victor Charles de Broglie, duc de Broglie (1785–1870), French politician. For Bentham's earlier contact with de Broglie see Correspondence, ix and xi, as index.
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6 See Letter 3222.
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7 Probably Sébastien Maximilien Foy (1775–1825), French aristocrat, general, and politician. His words to Bentham are also quoted at Bowring, x. 551, which gives a brief account of Bentham's visit to Paris.
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8 David was not in fact a pupil of the painter Jacques Louis David (1748–1825), as Bentham suggests, but of the sculptor Philippe Laurent Roland (1746–1816).
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10 Possibly Robert Ball Hughes. However, no bust of Bentham by Hughes has been traced.
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11 George IV.
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12 Frederick Augustus (1763–1827), Duke of York and Albany, second son of George III.
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14 Bareges in South-Western France, had been celebrated for its warm sulphurous springs since the visit in 1675 of Françoise d'Aubigne, Marquise de Maintenon (1635–1719), and Louis Auguste de Bourbon (1670–1736), son of Louis XIV.
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