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Writings on Australia, II. History of Jeremy Bentham's dealings with Lord Pelham
  • Publication Type:
    Internet publication
  • Authors:
    Bentham J, Causer T, Schofield P
  • Publisher:
    Bentham Project
  • Publication date:
  • Status:
    Published online
  • Keywords:
    Jeremy Bentham, convict transportation, panopticon, Australia, New South Wales, Lord Pelham
  • Notes:
    This work is made available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial Non-derivative 4.0 International license (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). This license allows you to share, copy, distribute and transmit the work for personal and non-commercial use providing author and publisher attribution are clearly stated. Attribution should include the following information: Jeremy Bentham, Writings on Australia, II. History of Jeremy Bentham's dealings with Lord Pelham, ed. T. Causer and P. Schofield, pre-publication version, The Bentham Project, 2018. Further details about CC BY licenses are available at http://creativecommoms.org/licenses/ This text is a preliminary version, in that the authoritative version will appear as part of Bentham’s Writings on Australia for The Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham, with a full Editorial Introduction, name and subject indexes, finalized annotation, and working cross-references. The volume is due to be published in 2020 by the Clarendon Press.
The ‘History of Jeremy Bentham’s dealings with Lord Pelham’ consists of a series of letters and documents compiled by Bentham. They date from 12 April 1802 to 21 August 1802 and focus on correspondence exchanged between Bentham and Charles Bunbury, who acted as an intermediary between Bentham and Pelham. This material in effect constitutes a history of the beginning of Bentham’s assault on the New South Wales penal colony, and his attempt to use his ‘Letter to Lord Pelham’ to cajole the government into proceeding with his panopticon penitentiary scheme. Along with the correspondence are two marginal contents sheets for a work entitled ‘Panopticon versus New South Wales’. These marginal contents offered a summary of ‘Letter to Lord Pelham’, and included an ‘Introductory Note’ to Pelham, in which Bentham set out his grievances in regard to his treatment over the panopticon. The text also includes Bentham’s account of his interview at the Treasury on 9 July 1801 with John Hiley Addington and Charles Long. While the correspondence has been published previously in the Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham, it has never before been published in this form. Moreover, the account of the interview and the marginal contents sheets are published here for the first time.
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