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1819 Apr. 19
To Erskine

§ Whig Fallacies

4 4

Oh but (says Your Lordship) Lord Milton has told you expressly and particularly in
what his theory of the Constitution consists, and therefore it is
not for you thus to pretend to fish for it. What makes him so
fond of the Constitution is that it affords so apt a balance of
powers, so by which balance it affords a check you are to
take for granted an effectual one against the encroachments of
the Crown, and on the other hand protects the Crown against the
tumults of the people.

Alas my Lord mere theory ruin and nothing else. The
principle unintelligible: the facts opposite to those stated in
support of it

1. Counterpoise, effectual none: effectual adequate check to the encroachment
of the Crown, none: were it even ever so adequate as to encroachments
still that would be as nothing — for it being without any further
encroachments, already a virtual despotism.

2 Against the tumults of the people the Crown i.e. the Monarch not protected.
Not protected so effectually as is the Chief Magistrate in the
United States

3 Protected the Crown might be that is to say the Monarch
— for I have it to discern to use fiction and figures of
speech instead of the proper words — protected the Crown Monarch might
be ever so effectually against tumults and his people be none the better for it.
The people by thousands might might the people be the victims of tumults, and
in his Lordship not regard as here their case as not be worth mentioning
so that one individual the Monarch were thus protected. For my part, my
(particular relation personal connection
out of the question)

sympathies being governed altogether by the numeration table,
(setting aside the alarm and danger on the part of the people] if
a certain b producing to the patient a certain quantity of pain or uneasiness
were to be given suffered I had rather my our King should
be the sufferer by it than any his paupers. i mean always of course
setting aside in both cases all consequences in respect of alarm and danger
considered as capable of being spread spreading themselves around in the body of
the people.

Identifier: | JB/104/469/001
"JB/" can not be assigned to a declared number type with value 104.



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c4 / e4


jeremy bentham


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arthur wellesley, duke of wellington


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