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The Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham: The Correspondence of Jeremy Bentham, Vol. 4: October 1788 to December 1793

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Editor’s NoteEditor’s Note810To Reginald Pole Carew1 September 1791 (Aet 43)

Dover Street Thursday Sept. 1—1791

This comes to you with my kind hopes that you have sent my Brother packing long before it reaches you, for he is much wanted hereabouts.

To day I receive a letter from him dated Tuesday,2 telling me that at that time no Table was arrived. On sending to the Printer's, he assures me that he sent one by the post on Friday—that there is a possibility of its not having gone time enough for that day's post. If it went by Friday's, it ought, I think to have been received at Plymouth on Sunday: if by Saturday's, at any rate on Monday. It ought to have gone by Thursday's post, according to my prediction: for I had a proof that day, and that same day he assured my servant before the Posthour that another proof should go in time to you.

To make sure, I send you a copy today myself along with this: but it will be a vexatious thing if the first has miscarried, and my Brother has been idling with you all this while till these presents arrive to give him his release.

It seems not altogether improbable that the Pitts will spear3 us

pg 330for this Autumn, and by that means the Pitt to his great contentment spear Panopticon for this year. The papers mention his having taken a house for 6 weeks to attend his Majesty at Weymouth: and Miss Gomm in a note to my Brother of the 29th mentions his being to set out for that place 'in a few days'.4—This migration will afford Col. Gadabout a plea for scampering off to Weymouth, on pretence of intriguing, which will delight him of all things.

Just now comes the Printer's Boy, who tells me that he himself put the copy in question into the post on Monday, and not before. It therefore arrived at Plymouth yesterday (Wednesday). Thursday the day at soonest my Brother leaves you, and Saturday morning, at soonest, if not then not before Monday morning, for the post I think avoids getting to town on the Sabbath, he arrives here.

Well the Lord's will be done.

Preliminaries have been signed on the part of Turkey and Russia at Szistova:5 terms, as agreed with us, with no other difference than an armistice of 8 months instead of 4.

The express with the news arrived here this morning. S.B. has just had it from Ld Elgin.6

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810. 1 Pole Carew Mss. Autograph. No docket.
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3 That is, file away the Panopticon proposal for future attention.
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4 Jeremy was clearly opening his brother's correspondence sent to Dover Street: for instance the letter from Miss Gomm and the one from Lord Elgin mentioned in the last paragraph of this letter (see n. 6 below).
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5 Following a truce between Austria and Turkey a Congress met at Sistova during the winter of 1790–1 and a peace treaty was signed there on 30 August 1791; Russia signed preliminaries of peace with Turkey at Galatz on 11 August 1791, confirmed by the Treaty of Jassy, 9 January 1792.
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6 Thomas Bruce, 7th Earl of Elgin (1766–1841), at this time envoy to Austria (1790–2); later while ambassador to the Porte (1799–1803), he arranged for the transport of the Elgin Marbles from Athens to London.
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