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Beyond Penn's Treaty

The Life of Thomas Eddy; Comprising an Extensive Correspondence

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discovered that my literary productions have fallen
under the cognizance of one who is able, and also
so thoroughly disposed, to carry the principles they
contain, on the subject of crimes and punishments,
into practice; and it is no small gratification to me
to find, that upon a subject so interesting to virtue
and humanity, our sentiments are completely in

Your exertions, and those of your worthy colleagues,
appears to have done much for the State of New

, and I entertain no doubt of the sentiments of
all the worthy and reflecting part of the community
being on your side in a short time; that the great
and good work, your unexampled perseverance has
so happily accomplished, will produce consequences
which will not only bring conviction to the minds of
the most prejudiced, but also that you will live to see
and experience that reward, in the ultimate and
complete success of the design, which, to a mind like
yours, must go far beyond the praises and encomiums
of the world. Your details are so clear, so accurate
and interesting, that they will be read with avidity
all over Europe.

To me it has been no small gratification, although
I have, on account of the war and other circumstan-
ces, made as yet small progress in the objects I have
recommended to be adopted in this country, that my
writings have been translated into most of the
languages in Europe

, with a prospect of general
benefit to mankind, since, in all countries, the vices
and crimes of individuals are similar, and only differ
as to their extent.

I had read some years since, with the most heart-
felt pleasure, two different accounts of that most
excellent institution, the Penitentiary House in the
city of Philadelphia

, which is the more valuable as
it furnishes an irrefragable proof to all Europe, as
well as America, that the great desideratum has
been accomplished, of rendering the labour of crimi-