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Book 1. Chapt. 8
Of Mischievous Rewards
Pages 12.

A mischievous
reward produces sufferers
or noxious dispositions

Offering such rewards
may be called

It may not be punishable
as a crime
it may even meet with
public approbation

We only point out the
path for the reader
to explore.

One maxim is let not
rewards offered interfere
with duty

Let not a judge be
interested in prolonging
law suits

He may not be
extraordinarily corrupt
but he is liable to

It requires extraordinary
courage to be
singularly honest

And we cannot reckon
upon prodigies

Interest and duty
ought to be united.
Much more ought they
not be separated.

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In England the fees
received by judges
tend to make them
desire the multiplication
of incidents
of procedure

The masters of Chancery
are thus liable to be
influenced also

This may in some
measure explain
the reason for the
prolongation of
law suits

Previous to 1782 the
Paymaster of the Army
was in like manner
interested in the
continuance of wars

It is impossible to say
how far similar personal
interest operates in
deciding this important
"Honesty which resists
temptation noble
that which flies from
it most secure".(1)
(1) Note respecting Judges.
A & B and Lords Hale &
also respecting Scipio

The method in which
architects are paid
offers temptations to
them to increase the
expense of their books

Veracity important

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Benefits attached
to the profession of
opinions tempt them
to profess these

The requiring su profession is the
offering a reward for

This done in the
university of Oxford
in subscriptions to
the articles and

Hence the conscientious
disbelieves are
The unconscientious
& the careless unbelievers
are admitted

The practice something
similar at Cambridge

This is indeed to
corrupt youth.

It may even be
enquired if rewards
ought to be offered
for the defence of
any opinion in
theory or sciences?

If a question of curiosity
only the worst that
can happen is the
loss of the reward.
If the opinion favoured
is evil the reward
will provide evil.
If truth be sought the
chances of obtaining
it is less than if
the case dictates

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Were left free
the reward tends
to discredit truth

It also tends to
destroy sincerity.
Ought government
thus to allow of it?

charity is also oftentimes
labour is never so.

Large emoluments
may also excite
trains of thought
in opposition to
duty & also afford
the means of their

False taxes and fees
of courts by weakening
the connection between
crimes & punishments
operate as a reward
for injustice

Successions to property
upon death one instance
of mischievous reward
in which the mischief
is counteracted by
the greater benefit

Tho' the evil cannot
be altogether avoided
the danger may be

Contracts for Insurance
are a further instance
of a like evil.

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