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Beyond Penn's Treaty

The Life of Thomas Eddy; Comprising an Extensive Correspondence

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establishments on your side the Atlantic, and am
convinced, from the best consideration I can give the
subject, that they are occasioned, in a great degree,
by the causes mentioned in your letter—the inade-
quacy of the buildings, and the want of separate
apartments at night for the convicts; but, independ-
ent of this, there are other circumstances which
appear to me to be of great importance, and which
I intend to state pretty much at large. I hope in
the course of six or eight weeks to be enabled to
send you a copy of my publication, in which I have
the pleasure to think you will find a close conformity
to your own opinions and recommendations, so
clearly stated, and so strikingly enforced, in some of
the works with which you have favoured me.

I shall only at present beg leave further to observe,
that I am sorry to find some indications of an inten-
tion on the part of your managers, to abolish the
power of pardoning criminals, and to render punish-
ment certain as to duration—a measure which, as it
appears to me, would put an end to Penitentiary
establishments altogether. That this power may
have been indiscreetly used, is possible, but it is not
the sending convicts out, but the receiving them in again,
that occasions the evil complained of, as I hope you
will see stated in the sheets I shall send you.

Our good friend, Mr. Griscom

, is travelling on the
continent of Europe, with another friend of mine,
and I believe intends to make a visit to Italy.

I think myself happy in being favoured with this
friendly interchange of opinion, with one whose
attention has been so long, and so successfully devo
ted to the subject. And with sincere esteem and
attachment, remain, Dear Sir, your much obliged
and faithful friend,

To Mr. THOMAS EDDY, New York.