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Jeremy Bentham

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 Note634To Jeremiah Bentham10 December 1788 (Aet 40)

Hendon Decr 10th 1788

My Dear Father

I can but ill spare time; but the occasion, though I hope it will happen often will not happen every day, and when a father turns seducer, it is difficult for a son to resist. I will therefore obey your summons if God permit. In the mean time I send you some papers which perhaps may afford you some amusement. I shall only add that the prayer of Wilson's petition2 which you will find among pg 21them is granted for divers causes and considerations besides those he mentions. I was asked t'other day by a gentleman you don't know whether the Defence of Usury was yet published in French? I asked him how he came to expect it should be? his answer was because a short time ago the Comte de Mirabeau had told him at Paris he intended translating it or getting it translated. You will return me the papers on Saturday: till when I remain

  • Your affectionate         
  • J.B.               

P.S. Wilson must never know I show'd his letter even to you: if he did, he would take it very much amiss.

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Editor’s Note
634.1 B.L. IV: 495–6. Autograph. Docketed: 'Mr. Jeremy Bentham / letter dated Hendon / Decr 10 1788.'
Addressed: 'To Jeremiah Bentham Esqr / Queen's Square Place / Westminster.'
Editor’s Note
2 See Wilson's letter of 30 November, letter 630.
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