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The Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham: The Correspondence of Jeremy Bentham, Vol. 5: January 1794 to December 1797

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Editor’s NoteEditor’s Note1129To Charles Abbot4 May 1796 (Aet 48)

It seems all very good—nothing strikes me as objectionable—nothing occurrs to me to add to it.2 On pretence of looking into the pg 203expired and expiring Statutes, you have abused the state and arrangement of the Statutes in general—if people will bear this, so much the better—I suppose you find they will bear it, or you would not give it them. Mark forwards! Tally-ho! etc.

Do you ever take walks before breakfast? if you do I should like to take ½ an hour or an hour's stroll with you one morning, and would call upon you for that purpose. Rose has just given me the Heads of the Poor Bill—what stuff!3

  • 4th May 1796.
  •   Q.S.P.

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1129. 1 P.R.O. 30/9/31. Inserted into the Ms. Diary of Charles Abbot, Baron Colchester, for 1796, facing fo. 78.
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2 A select committee of the House of Commons had been set up on 12 April under the chairmanship of Abbot to examine the neglected subject of expired and expiring statutes. The committee reported on 12 May, making a number of practical suggestions, which were carried out and added greatly to Abbot's reputation as an administrative reformer (see R. B. Pugh, 'Charles Abbot and the Public Records: the first phase', Bulletin of the Institute of Historical Research, xxxix (1966), pp. 69–85). This letter suggests that he asked his step-brother to look at the draft report. (See also letter 1202.)
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3 Pitt's bill for the relief of the poor (see letter 1111, n. 2, p. 188 above).
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