Excerpt from The Rationale of Punishment But circumstances which prevented these new volumes from entering upon the same course of circulation as the preceding have sometimes cooled my zeal, and I should willingly have resigned the task I had imposed upon myself, if the author would have undertaken it himself. Unhappily, he is as little disposed so to do as ever, and if these works do t appear in the French dress which I have given them, it is most probable that they will remain shut up in his cabinet. They have lain there thirty years: the manuscripts from which I have extracted La Theorie des Peines, were written in 1775. Those which have supplied me with La Theorie des Recompenses, are a little later: they were t thrown aside as use less, but laid aside as rough hewn materials, which might at a future day be polished, and form part of a general system of legislation - or as studies which the author had made for his own use. These manuscripts, though much more volumius than the work I have presented to the public, are very incomplete. They offered to me often different essays upon the same subject, of which it was necessary to take the substance and unite them into one. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.