BENTHAM, Edward. 16250



Autograph Letter Signed, addressed “My Lord”, saying that he intends to vote for the Bishop of Durham, “having voted for him formerly”, even if this is “counter to the stream of the inclinations of the Society in which I am placed…” 1 page 12 x 8 inches, some damage to upper edge, otherwise in fair condition. Undated. Edward Bentham (1707-1776), clergyman and natural philosopher. He entered Corpus Christi College, Oxford in 1724, became a Fellow of Oriel College in 1731 and received his MA in 1732 (BD, 1743; DD, 1749). He was a tutor for twenty years. He became a canon of Christ Church, Oxford in 1754, and was Regius Professor of Divinity from 1763 until his death. His Introduction to Moral Philosophy (1745), designed for the use of students, is a good, clear account of contemporary discussions. He was a distant relative of Jeremy Bentham, who was a student at Queen’s College, Oxford while Edward was teaching there.