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1820 July 1. 1822 Aug. 9
Constitut. Code from Emancipation Spanish

Ch. First Principle §. Self-preference predominate.

1.
Duty of functionaries
consists in contributing
to their utmost to this
end.

2.
But in this situation
as in every other, every
man's conduct is
at all times determined
by his interest, is an
undeniable proposition,
subject to the necessary
explanations.

3.
Maxim. No functionary
can reasonably be
expected to do his duty, as
above described, any
further than his interest
can be made to
coincide with that his
duty: i.e. any further
than by the arrangements
that have been
established, it has been
made his interest to
pursue the line of
conduct which it is
his duty to pursue.

4.
Setting aside these arrangements,
every
such functionary
will pursue the conduct
most conducive
in his eyes to his own
private interest, to the
disregard of all other interests.

5.
The line of conduct
which, in the instance
of each functionary
ought reasonably to be
expected by those to whom
he is not individually
and intimately known,
is that which is most
conducive to his own
interest, as interest is


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6.
Operating on persons
individually unknown,
no ruler is warranted
in supposing any where
the absence of the most
perfect self preference.

7.
Really sacrificing his
own to universal interest,
no man has a
right to be thought to
do so.

8.
Not more difficulty
assertible is such self
sacrifice where false
than where true.

9.
Yet in a public assembly,
few restrain themselves
from such declarations,
notwithstanding
their destituteness
of all claim to credence.

10.
Thus asserting, I never
believe a man the
more: commonly the
less.

11.
The more vehement
his protestations, the
more copious his tears,
the more loathsome
to me is his imposture.

12
I can no more think
him the honester for
this, than I can think
the actor who acts
Othello honester than
him who acts
from


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13.
On each man, those objects
of desire should be
considered as operating
with greatest force which
do so on men in general.
Ex. gr. 1. Money. 2. Power.

14.
On each occasion, every
man ought to be supposed
disposed to contribute
to the utmost of his
power to the sinister
sacrifice.

15.
This, whatever be the form
of the government, or of
the political arrangements.

16.
Under a Monarchy,
no arrangements have
place for preventing
the sinister sacrifice
for Monarch's interest.

17.
No under Aristocracy
for Aristocrat's interest.

18.
In a mixt Monarchy,
in case of bribe given
beforehand to Representatives,
the motive for
correspondent conduct
is fear: viz of the infamy
of perfidy and
ingratitude.


Identifier: | JB/038/066/001
"JB/" can not be assigned to a declared number type with value 38.

Date_1

1820-07-01

Marginal Summary Numbering

1-18

Box

038

Main Headings

constitutional code

Folio number

066

Info in main headings field

constitut. code from emancipation spanish

Image

001

Titles

ch. first principles / self-preference predomint

Category

marginal summary sheet

Number of Pages

1

Recto/Verso

recto

Page Numbering

e1

Penner

john flowerdew colls

Watermarks

[[watermarks::i&m [prince of wales feathers] 1818]]

Marginals

Paper Producer

arthur wellesley, duke of wellington

Corrections

jeremy bentham

Paper Produced in Year

1818

Notes public

ID Number

11703

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