Lot 31: Bentham (Jeremy, philosopher, jurist and reformer,
December 14, 2012
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: Bentham (Jeremy, philosopher, jurist and reformer, 1748-1832) Autograph draft of a letter in the third person to the Catholic Association, 1p., folio, with an autograph note at the head by his executor and editor John Bowring with date and note: "JB. to the Catholic Association. Not sent", 9th December 1822, sending "Five pound from Jeremy Bentham" and expressing the hope that "his oppressed brethren of the Catholic persuasion will neither retaliate persecution by persecution, nor attempt redress by insurrection, but unite with the liberal among Protestants for the attainment of security for all, against depredation and oppression in every shape, by the only practicable means - Parliamentary Reform, in the radical and soley efficient vmode", and with a long section, amounting to more than half the text, crossed through, removed from an album, ruled in red, folds, browned. The Catholic Association, formed by Daniel O'Connell, collected money known as Catholic Rents to defray the costs of publishing and petitioning for the removal of the political disabilities imposed on Roman Catholics. Bentham's contribution of £5 was noted in the issue of the Examiner for 26 December 1824. ***The note by Bowring notwithstanding, the letter was evidently sent though without any of the text crossed through in the present manuscript. Bowring noted at the end of this transcription of the letter that he had persuaded Bentham to suppress the text deleted. However, he did retain a copy of it and it is printed in full in The Correspondence of Jeremy Bentham, 2006, vol. 12, p. 73, the source being the Bowring edition, 1843, vii. x. p. 544..