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Bentham's PrisonA Study of the Panopticon Penitentiary$
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Janet Semple

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198273875

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198273875.001.0001

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A Picture of a Treasury

A Picture of a Treasury

(p.218) 10 A Picture of a Treasury
Bentham's Prison

Janet Semple

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the challenges faced by Jeremy Bentham in acquiring the Salisbury estate in Millbank, England, for his panopticon prison project. The Treasury was very difficult in the negotiating process and when the land was purchased in November 1799, it lay idle. When Prime Minister resigned fifteen months later no final decision on the panopticon had yet been taken and Bentham had to wait for another two years just to be told by Henry Addington's administration that they were unwilling to find the necessary funds for the project. To show his contempt and objections, Bentham wrote Picture of the Treasury, to which the Parliament turned a deaf ear.

Keywords:   Salisbury estate, treasury, panopticon, Jeremy Bentham, Addington, prison

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