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B.1. Ch 5.

By way of supplement explanation to Rule 1.

The profit of the crime is very often certain as being
immediate: the event of punishment is liable to
a multitude of contingencies relative to the difficulty
of detection & to the for formalities necessary or unnecessary
of prosecution. This being the case

Rule 6 that
Rule 6. 7. The punishment must be as much That the value of the punishment may outweigh the
(expence of seventy) the crime profit of the offence
as necessary to the deficiency it must be increased in pursuit of magnitude in proportion as
in point of certaintyit falls short in point of certainty, and proximity.

The truth of this is demonstrated by the foregoing
reasons: it need requires only to be illustrated.

Let the appaicus profit of the crime be
certain as being immediate, & let the apparent
chance of incurring the punishment as 1 to 2 and
let the apparent profit of the offence be equal to £10.
It is plain that if the punishment, supposing it to
take place, be equal to no more than £10 the effect
of it on a mans mind which it remains yet uncertain,
cannot by any means be equal to that of
being deprived a certain loss, or rather of being deprived
of the gain of £10: it is equal to no more than a
certain loss or the being deprived of the gain of £5: to
make it equivalent to the profit of the crime it the punishment
must be raised to £20.

Except when men are hurried on by ungovernable
passion, which is rarely if ever the case in
the instance of crimes of rapacity, the most prolific source of offences no man engages
in the commission of an offence except under with the hope of impunity.
If in every case in which an offence
were committed, the offender were invariably deprived
of the profit of the his offence, delinquency would
become the most barren of all trades and would
be instantly had abandoned but cease to be pursued for what man would
be so mad as to commit an offence with the
certainty of not reaping and any profit thing from it,
except the shame and loss of time by which the offen

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rationale of punishment

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rule 9


copy/fair copy sheet

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f12 / f10


richard smith


dusautoy & rump 1809


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edward collins


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