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Writings on Australia, IV. Second Letter to Lord Pelham
  • Publication Type:
    Internet publication
  • Authors:
    Bentham J, Causer T, Schofield P
  • Publisher:
    Bentham Project
  • Publication date:
    03/09/2018
  • Status:
    Published online
  • Language:
    English
  • Keywords:
    Jeremy Bentham, convict transportation, New South Wales, Australian history, prison history, history of punishment, theory of punishment
  • 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, IV. Second Letter to 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.
Abstract
‘Second Letter to Lord Pelham’ is a continuation of Bentham’s assault, begun in ‘Letter to Lord Pelham’, upon New South Wales. Relying in the main upon the second volume of David Collins’s Account of the English Colony in New South Wales, by sheer weight of example Bentham sought to demonstrate the failure of the colony as an instrument of penal policy. Moreover, Bentham sought to compare New South Wales unfavourably with penitentiaries in Philadelphia and New York—modern institutions characterized by surveillance and hard labour, and which thus constituted the closest existing approximation to the panopticon penitentiary.
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