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A Visit (in 1831) To Jeremy Bentham

Wheatley, George; (2015) A Visit (in 1831) To Jeremy Bentham. [Scholarly edition]. Grint, Kris (Ed). Bentham Project: London. Gold open access

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Abstract

Upon the death of his father Jeremiah in 1792, Jeremy Bentham inherited the family home in Queen’s Square Place, Westminster. Queen’s Square Place consisted of two houses, and it was in the larger of these two residences that Bentham lived for the next forty years. Bentham referred to his abode as the Hermitage and himself as the Hermit. Despite this apparent reclusiveness, many notable statesmen, politicians, lawyers, and intellectuals visited him, although some equally prominent figures (such as Madame de Staël) were refused an audience. This text is the most detailed account that has hitherto appeared of how Jeremy Bentham lived at Queen's Square Place, his home in Westminster, during his final years. The author, George Wheatley, visited Bentham in March 1831, and stayed with him for approximately three weeks. Six of Wheatley's letters sent to his sister during his stay, as well as six extracts from his journal, and a short commentary on John Hill Burton's 'Benthamiana', were collated and printed privately for the author by P.H. Youngman, Maldon, in about 1853. The resulting volume, 64 pages long and entitled 'A Visit (in 1830) to Jeremy Bentham' has been transcribed and lightly annotated, and is published online here for the first time. The only known copy of the text is in the possession of the Bentham Project. The text also features an editorial introduction by Dr Kris Grint.

Type: Scholarly edition
Title: A Visit (in 1831) To Jeremy Bentham
Open access status: An open access publication
Language: English
Keywords: Jeremy Bentham, utilitarianism
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Laws > The Bentham Project
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Laws
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1462164
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