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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 NoteEditor’s Note36To Jeremiah Bentham21 December 1761 (Aet 13)

Dear Papa

I received your letter that you sent me on Monday,2 and finding that you did not approve of my going home till Wednesday, I was entirely indifferent about it, as it was the same whether I went a week sooner or later: but as Wheatly seemed desirous of having my Company, I could not help telling him that I would ask your leave to go that day, not thinking that you would have any objection to it.—I have been to wait on Mrs. Lee, and was received very obligingly. Mrs. Bentham3 has been for some time at Heddington about two Miles with her little boy for the recovery of his health; for he has been very ill. I have taken a place in Bew's Machine4 that inns at the Bull in Holborn and gets there by a little after 5. as I shall see you so soon, I have nothing to add but pg 57my duty to you and my Grandmama and love to dear Sammy, and that I am

  • Your dutiful and        
  • affectionate Son    
  • J. Bentham    

Queen's Coll. Decr. 21 1761.

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36. 1 B.M. I: 139–140. Autograph. Docketed by Jeremiah Bentham: 'Jeremy Bentham / Queen's Coll. Decr. 21. 1761.'
Addressed: 'To / Jeremiah Bentham Esqr. / at Crutched Fryars / opposite Savage-gardens / London.' Postmark: '22 DE'.
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2 The present letter was written on Monday 21 December, his father's letter on Monday 14 December, and the Wednesday referred to is 23 December.
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3 3 Wife of Dr Bentham (see letter 11, n. 3): her maiden name was Elizabeth Bates. The little boy who was ill would be either Thomas (1758–1803)—cf. letter 70, n. 5 —or Edward, who seems to have died young.
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4 One of the regular stage-coaches between Oxford and London.
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