Extract from Jeremy Bentham's Last Will and Testament
body I give to my dear friend Doctor Southwood Smith to be disposed of in a manner hereinafter mentioned, and I direct ...
he will take my body under his charge and take the requisite and appropriate measures for the disposal and preservation of
the several parts of my bodily frame in the manner expressed in the paper annexed to this my will and at the top of which
I have written Auto Icon. The skeleton he will cause to be put together in such a manner as that the whole figure may be seated
in a chair usually occupied by me when living, in the attitude in which I am sitting when engaged in thought in the course
of time employed in writing. I direct that the body thus prepared shall be transferred to my executor. He will cause the skeleton
to be clad in one of the suits of black occasionally worn by me. The body so clothed, together with the chair and the staff
in the my later years bourne by me, he will take charge of and for containing the whole apparatus he will cause to be prepared
an appropriate box or case and will cause to be engraved in conspicuous characters on a plate to be affixed thereon and also
on the labels on the glass cases in which the preparations of the soft parts of my body shall be contained ... my name at
length with the letters ob: followed by the day of my decease. If it should so happen that my personal friends and other disciples
should be disposed to meet together on some day or days of the year for the purpose of commemorating the founder of the greatest
happiness system of morals and legislation my executor will from time to time cause to be conveyed to the room in which they
meet the said box or case with the contents therein to be stationed in such part of the room as to the assembled company shall
seem meet .
Queens Square Place, Westminster, Wednesday 30th May, 1832.