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(As to) the marginal­-contenting it is a sort of hobby­-horse exercise
of mine, which the weakness of my mental frame forces me to
practise upon all occasions: upon molehills as well as upon
mountains; upon sheets as well as upon volumes: so that without
it I can never make fancy myself master of any thing I either
write or read. The result of it It must I think can not be of some convenience be entirely
useless to minds of stronger grasp, finding it necessary to my
own.

Since I was at Shelburne-­house the nature of my design
has led me to bestow upon the constitutional branch of the law
a (more particular) share of attention (than before) which (attention)
has certainly not been the less sollicitous for a hint which fell from
your Lordship on that subject. My way was Pursuing the order
of tradition which in many respects is a very different thing from the
order of investigation, my way is first to represent what is
possible, next what is eligible, and lastly what is established. The
first object I have got pretty well within my grasp, having
drawn a circle, as I think, round the possible modifications which
the powers of government admitt of: and this is all that is
necessary or indeed pertinent to the purpose of the volume I
am upon. These are things which are not done in a day,
my Lord: and yet in point of extent it has been but a parenthesis,
as in point of difficulty it has been but an amusement
in comparison of the other contents of a provoking chapter which
still sticks with me.


Identifier: | JB/169/113/003
"JB/" can not be assigned to a declared number type with value 169.

Date_1

1781

Marginal Summary Numbering

Box

169

Main Headings

Folio number

113

Info in main headings field

jb to ld shelburne with anderson's ms on the scotch poor laws

Image

003

Titles

Category

correspondence

Number of Pages

4

Recto/Verso

recto

Page Numbering

Penner

jeremy bentham

Watermarks

[[watermarks::[monogram] propatria [britannia motif]]]

Marginals

Paper Producer

Corrections

Paper Produced in Year

Notes public

draft of letter 396, vol. 3

ID Number

56933

Box Contents

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