By Tony Benn
During this ultimate quantity of diaries, Tony Benn displays at the compensations and the risks of previous age.
With the aid of a small circle of acquaintances and his , he maintains his actions on behalf of social justice, peace and responsibility in public lifestyles, to a historical past of political switch and the foreign financial crisis.
Following an disorder in 2009 the diaries, saved for over sixty years, stop. released right here along those final diaries are Tony Benn's hugely own insights into the demanding situations of outdated age and failing wellbeing and fitness, of widowhood,and of relocating out of the relatives domestic after sixty years.
Finally, we percentage in Tony Benn's hopes for the long run according to his years of expertise and his common optimism.
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That he had a hand in the production of Not Paul, but Jesus (1823) is not disputed. 136 In 1817 Place spent two months at Forde Abbey, in the company of the Romillys and the Mills, and thereafter was a frequent visitor to Q. S. 139 The promised biography was never written, probably because Bentham’s papers ended up in the hands of the detested Bowring. Bentham’s relationship with Bowring is truly puzzling. 140 From that moment on, if Bowring is to be believed, the intimacy between the two men ‘strengthened from day to day’, such that for the last ten years of Bentham’s life ‘not a thought – not a feeling of his was concealed from me’.
Byron might cast doubt about the balance of his mind, and Hazlitt might depict him as a venerable anchorite in the quiet of his cell reducing law to a system and the mind of man to a machine, but the likes of Talleyrand, Bolívar and O’Connell knew the true weight of his achievements. Bentham’s collaborators, secretaries and editorial assistants in later life included the Mills, George Grote, John Herbert Koe, Peregrine Bingham, his nephew George Bentham, Richard Smith, Richard Doane, Edwin Chadwick and Francis Place, all of whom worked with him in one or more of these capacities, copying, arranging manuscripts, rewriting and editing the works that bear his name.
The portrait of Bentham shows him seated in an armchair, dressed in a white-collared shirt, a dark brown dress coat, breeches and stockings. His silver hair hangs long to the shoulders, reminiscent of Benjamin Franklin to whom he is often likened, and if he is eighty-one years of age his ruddied cheeks convey the veneer of robust health. He does not at all seem to be the man of ‘puritanical expression’ and ‘irritable temperament corrected by habit and discipline’ of Hazlitt’s description. 111 His playfulness, his sly humour and the rambunctiousness he indulged in the company of the young, provided a surprising note in the register of the high seriousness and disciplined manner of his normal activities.
A Blaze of Autumn Sunshine: The Last Diaries (Tony Benn Diaries, Volume 9) by Tony Benn