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97)

CRIT. JUR. CRIM.

His notion it is plain, by this is, that the way to punish
Theft be upon the principle of retaliation by the rule of retaliation, is
by Theft, Forgery by Forgery, and so on. But
in this he is mistaken. The rule of the retaliation
is a rule which a in the cases he has instanced, whether
for expedient or no is certainly without question practicable.
But by no power divine no human can it
pr be practised in the way he mentions. The manifest
absurdity and wickedness which he finds in it, is
note quite so easy to discover: but the utter impracticability
of it is an objection that makes the others
needless. Nothing can be truer than what he says
that "Theft cannot be punished by Theft, Forgery
"by Forgery, Adultery by Adultery". The reason is that
nothing can be more impracticable than to carry into
execution a Law by which the same thing is at once
forbidden and commanded. To committ theft, to
steal a thing is to take it in certain circumstances
in which the Law under penalties of extraordinary severity has forbidden it to be
taken. To committ forgery is to take a sort certain sort of thing, or at least
to take certain steps in the intention of taking it, under
certain other circumstances in which the Law has
under like extraordin penalties forbidden it to be taken.
To committ Adultery is to enjoy the favours of a woman, under
certain circumstances, in which under certain penalties
the Law has forbidden them to be enjoy'd.

Now supposing the thing possible how is it that an
act of Theft would be to be punished (by appointment
of Law we are to understand) by an act of Theft.
A


Identifier: | JB/159/262/001
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Box

159

Main Headings

punishment

Folio number

262

Info in main headings field

crit. jur. crim

Image

001

Titles

punishment / talio - blackst.

Category

text sheet

Number of Pages

4

Recto/Verso

recto

Page Numbering

d97 / d98 / d99 / d100

Penner

jeremy bentham

Watermarks

[[watermarks::[gr with crown] propatria [britannia motif]]]

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Paper Producer

Corrections

Paper Produced in Year

Notes public

ID Number

54085

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