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VIII Escapes

Compared together the fates experienced by the two classes
present a whimsical picture of a sort of perverse equality: the
chances in favour of right, and those in favour of enterprise without
right, being almost exactly equal; the negligence of government befriending
the subject in almost exactly the same proportion as its
justice. Equality is Equity says a maxim sometimes of
among lawyers: but whether this be a case for the application of
it is a question which may be left with equal confidence to those
who are fondest of equality and those who are most averse to it.

Another general proposition to the proof of which more
is contributed by that former statement than by the present is
that the liberty of departure, though after having been announced to
all who had a right, it was refused to so many, was by no
means refused to all. But by these distinctions a breach of
public faith was rather aggravated than alleviated. A general change
might have been supposed to have been caused, and by being
caused justified, by some general principle: but by distinctions
established in such numbers and without any assigned or discoverable
cause, all principle was in a manner abjured.

From the particular evidences about stated the following
general conclusions will be found (I trust) to result, without
possibility of contradiction: viz: that in respect of the treatment
given to a great part, by this time perhaps the greatest, of
the population of the Colony, the whole system of Mr Pitt's
Administration has been a system of the most audacious illegality,
added to perfidy and oppression: that the detention of so
many hundreds, or by this time thousands, whose right by law
to return is indisputable, is a crime committed in breach
and in open defiance of every one of the laws of Parliament

Identifier: | JB/116/296/002
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panopticon versus new south wales

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n. s. wales




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copy/fair copy sheet

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d21 f77 / d22 f78


john herbert koe



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jeremy bentham

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