Bentham Project

Correspondence Volume 12: July 1824 to June 1828

ed. Luke O'Sullivan and Catherine Fuller (Clarendon Press, Oxford, 2006), pp. xxxii, 495.

This twelfth volume of Bentham's correspondence covers the period from July 1824 to June 1828, and reflects Bentham's international reputation with his continuing contact with Simón Bolívar and Bernardino Rivadavia in South America, and with John Quincy Adams, John Neal, Henry Wheaton, and others in the United States. Bentham also forges new contacts in Guatemala, India, and Egypt.

The volume contains extensive correspondence on the subject of law reform with leading English politicians such as Henry Brougham, the Home Secretary Robert Peel, and the radical Sir Francis Burdett. Bentham also tries to influence the founders of the new University of London, among whom are many of his closest friends.

The correspondence also charts Bentham's work for his pannomion, or complete code of laws, and refers to the work of the young John Stuart Mill on the massive Rationale of Judicial Evidence. In this period Bentham maintains his contacts with John Austin, George Grote, Leicester Stanhope, the Mills, Joseph Hume, Francis Place, and Joseph Parkes, as well as some of the brightest and ablest women of the age, Sarah Austin, Harriet Grote, Anna Wheeler, and Frances Wright.

Catherine Fuller

This research was funded by the AHRC.