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# JB/096/218/001

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to the State might well be dated later — nt But let
this be assumed — To in aestimating therefore the loss to the
State we must take into the account only so many of
the Children destroyed as would [according to the common
calculation] arrive at the age of 16 — now this number
to take [—'s Calculation] which are not obnoxious to exception were
according to a calculation [not made with any view to this
argument on one side than the other] amounts only to x/y only + + the proportion to be ascertained from Brelfield Instit. Pole or some other Political Arithmetician. [y] will stand as well for the number of mothers as of children they being equal of the whole number born —

The number of years that a person of 16 years
may expect to live is according to — a
years — That which of a person of 25 years (taking
that for the medium of the ages of Child-bearing women, tho' the unhappy victims
to this Law misfortune comes upon them fall almost all young[er] before they have had an opportunity
to form a matrimonial establishment regular connexion) to [b] women years
multiplying therefore the number of each class by the
respective number of years they have to live the number of years which the average number of the respective classes may be supposed to be incapacitated for Labor & which is to be deducted from the years to be run bears a greater proportion of each to the whole number in the class of women mothers of 25 years than in the class of children of 16: but this is hardly worth taking notice of. & it would be being tediously minute to calculate it. the labor lost
to the State by the punishment of the Mothers is as
[by] while that lost by the death destruction of the Children is
only as [ax/y] —

But it may be said and very justly, subject of comparison is not &c - but that the loss
attending the execution of the Law upon the mothers is not to be set against
the loss arising from the number of infants actually destroyed but
by against the number could that be known that would be destroyed [if it were not for without it no
such Law] — what that number would be it is evidently
not to be ascertained during the subsistence of the Law:
but I have ventured to suppose give my opinion (and nothing no argument that can
be said urged upon this head either on one side or the other without any facts either to support a or
combat it can be any thing more or less than an opinion)

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Identifier: | JB/096/218/001
"JB/" can not be assigned to a declared number type with value 96.

096

legislation

218

homicide - of infants

001

text sheet

4

recto

c18

jeremy bentham

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