Miscellaneous items of correspondence, manuscripts and printed ephemera, relating to Jeremy Bentham, other members of the Bentham family, and Sir John Bowring, or otherwise associated with radical political thought or with the name Bentham, 1776-1999. Also icludes a file of correspondence and papers of C K Ogden, 1924-1953, mainly re: Jeremy Bentham and some further papers of D R Bentham relating to his collection, 1953-1999.
Bentham (Denis Roy) Papers
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- ReferenceGB 103 MS ADD 413
- Dates of Creation1776-1999
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish
- Physical Description2 boxes
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
D R Bentham served in the armed forces in the Second World War, and subsequently spent his working life as a Post Office employee in his home town of Loughborough. For much of his life (from the 1950s until his death) he was an inveterate collector of books, manuscripts, prints and artefacts acquired from various dealers and auction houses. His collection interests were wide-ranging, including local history and mechanical toys, but the core of the collection comprised the items relating to Jeremy Bentham and the Bentham family, and more generally to radical and reformist politics.
D R Bentham's interest in Jeremy Bentham doubtless arose from the coincidence of surname (though they were not in fact related): and perhaps also from his own radical leanings (he was at one time a member of the Communist Party of Great Britain). He established contact with the Bentham Project at UCL in the 1970s, if not earlier, and regularly supplied the Project with photographs of new acquisitions: as a result, it has been possible to include many relevant items in the published 'Correspondence of Jeremy Bentham'.
D R Bentham died on 23 June 1999.
See also S R Conway, 'The D R Bentham Collection', 'The Bentham Newsletter,' no. 11, June 1987, pp 51-2.
The papers are available subject to the usual conditions of access to Archives and Manuscripts material, after the completion of a Reader's Undertaking.
Donated to UCL by Mrs Eileen Wardle, in memory of her brother, D R Bentham, postal worker and collector, Sep and Oct 1999.
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Although the Bentham papers in the collection were acquired from a number of different sources, many appear to have been formerly in the collection of Sir John Bowring (dispersed in the 1930s): they show evidence of having been affixed in an album, and/or bear standardised dates in pencil.