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No. 7
Mr Bentham to Sir C Bunbury.

11th August 1802.
Dear Sir,

If no particular time is mentioned, within which it is expected
that notice should be taken of my papers, no notice will ever be taken
of them, until some adverse step on my part is known to have been
taken, and then it will be said of me — the fault lies in his own
for had his patience lasted him but a day longer, the notice
he was wishing for would have come.
Therefore it is, that I set pen
to paper once more, for the purpose of begging of you to say in your
letter to Lord Pelham, that on your promising to write to his Lordship
on the subject, it was my special request to you, that you would
have the goodness to give his Lordship to understand very distinctly, that if,
within a week from this date 11th August 1802 I were not fortunate enough
to receive the honour of a letter in his Lordship's hand addresses to myself,
my conclusions would be that no such good fortune ever would
befall me, and that my future proceedings would be built on that declared
ground. If the papers at length were sent in the first instance,
the length of it might afford a plea for taking it ad referendum:
but when the question is merely whether he will or will not read a paper
of which these are the marginal contents, that excuse has no place. As
to dictating a time to his Majesty's Secretary of State, most certainly I
have no such absurd pretensions: but as to any conclusions of my own,
presented to my own judgment, by my own memory and my own reflections,
they depend upon the premises, and are as independent even of my own
will, as they are of that of his Majesty's Secretary of State. —

Question (possible) on the part of Lord Pelham. How came Mr. B.
never to apply to me all this time?

Answer 1. One reason is given in the correspondence (Mr B. with
Messrs Addington and Vansittart) which you had the goodness to transmit
to Lord Pelham. — 2. Another is — Mr. B. had no pretence to the honour
of being remembered by his Lordship. Mr. B's Brother the General had:
he was on speaking terms. When Genl. B, after permission asked and
obtained, waited on Ld P., at his house in Stratton Street, for the purpose
of speaking to him on this subject as well as another (it was
before he had possession of his office in the Treasury) his Lordship gave
him to understand by a servant, that it was not convenient to see him
then, and did not give him to understand, that there would be any
other time at which a visit might be less unacceptable.

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panopticon versus new south wales

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no. 8 / sir charles bunbury to mr bentham



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john herbert koe




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copy of letter 1713, vol. 7

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