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Jeremy Bentham

The Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham: The Correspondence of Jeremy Bentham, Vol. 2: 1777–80

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Editor’s Notepg 82Editor’s Note233Jeremy Bentham and George Wilson to Samuel Bentham24 January 1778 (Aet 29)

Dear Sam

Your brother is writing to his friend Robin Phipps about the date of the seizure at his house and in the interim I am ordered to tell you that your Uncle has received your money—the amount he does not exactly know but it is something more than £500—He wants to know what is to be done with it and what Q.S.P. says to which your brother replied that Q.S.P. had proposed its being placed in the stocks—Therefore you must write a letter to your uncle desiring him to lay it out in that manner. You may also if you please tell him to retain £20 which you think of laying out in buying a bed and fitting up a bedchamber at No. 6. This however he will certainly tell to Q.S.P. who will probably object to it, but there can be no harm in making the attempt. No news either as to our own little world or the great one. We are a little disappointed at not having a letter from you today, but comfort ourselves that your silence is a proof of your having received the parcel by the coach on thursday—Had you not received it after having notice by the post of its approach you would certainly have made a noise—We expect both a letter and a parcel on Monday if not tomorrow—Good night—Compts. to Mrs. D.

Saturday Night 11.

In the packet of letters that came for me, I find very few of those I had written to Mrs. D. Many of those to Sam are imperfect for want of pieces that had been claimed by her I suppose as her pg 83property (mighty valuable property) and torn off accordingly. I could wish much to have them—won't Mrs. D. oblige me? Is she in a good humour yet? has she done quarrelling with people and wilfully (I was going to say) misunderstanding them? Such as they are she may depend upon their being returned. I have shewn Wilson all those I have, and his curiosity is very eager to see the rest.

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Editor’s Note
233. 1 B.M. II: 156–157. Autograph. Docketed by Jeremy Bentham(?): 'I.B. and Wilson Jany. 24 1778.'
Addressed: 'Mr. Bentham / at his Majesty's Dock Yard / near Rochester.' Postmark: '24 IA'.
The first paragraph is in Wilson's hand. The rest is in Bentham's.
Samuel came of age on 11 January 1778. The money which his uncle Grove had received was probably money due to him on this event. The idea was mooted that Samuel should buy a house in Huntingdon which would give him a vote useful to Lord Sandwich, first Lord of the Admiralty, whose favour would be helpful to him (cf. letter 248). In the event it seems to have been laid out in government stock.
The last part of the letter shows that Bentham liked to have the letters he wrote to Samuel returned. It may be that he docketed them on their return, or perhaps he did it much later.
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