Full text: Silvela de la Vielleuze, Luis: Tesis: Bentham: sus trabajos sobre asuntos españoles: expositor de su sistema en España

Jeremy Bentham—London—to Toribio Nünnez-Salamanca. 
Worthy and eminently well beloved disciple! 
Such as thou hast made me to thyself, such, to please thee, I 
make myself to thee. That work of thine, of which a work of 
mine forms the subject, has at length reached me. Yes: thy mind 
is the very child of mine: thy talent, of my tal ent; thy enthusiasm 
of that enthusiasm, which at the age of seven years, kindled four 
and sixty years ago by the reading of Telemachus, is not yet as 
thou seest, altogether quenched by age. How far my deserts may 
have been outstripped by thy praise, shall be left to others to de¬ 
clare: occupation rather more agreable, and I hope not less use¬ 
ful, lies before me. 
Before me stand in thought the rulers of thy nation: in my ears 
sounds the counsel, which, in relation to me and my works, thou 
hast the boldness to offer them. To give such counsel, though it 
does cost something, does not cost much: to follow it would cost 
more than, in their situation man has ever yet brought himself to 
sacrifice; more than either thou or I, to any such effect as that of 
eventual disappointment, ought ever to expect to see them sa¬ 
What use the constituted authorities in thy country are dispo- 
sed to make and will make of my labours remains to be seen. The 
whole Spanish people, and not either exclusively or in prefe- 
rence their rulers, or any of them, being the objects of my sym- 
(1) Carta inédita de Bentham. Conserva el original la familia de 
D. Toribio Nünez. 
Max-Planck-Institut für 
Real Academia de Ciencias Morales y Politicas 
uropäische Rechtsgeschie

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