Political Tactics

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APPENDIX1

Motion Table--General Idea.

By the changeable Promulgation-Table, or conspicuous Motion-Table, or, for shortness, Motion-Table, I mean a very simple apparatus, contrived for the purpose of giving to Motions, and other such compositions as are liable to be taken for the subjects of debate, a mode of promulgation equally conspicuous and effectual, with that which may be afforded to the standing regulations of the Assembly, by the fixed Promulgation-Tables spoken of in the preceding2 chapter.a

N∘ 3
1. Motion-Table, what

A general idea of the contrivance may be thus formed: a more particular detail will be found in a separate paper.3

2.
General idea of the contrivance.

Conceive a door, such as the cloth-doors used in houses for warmth; but composed of two surfaces of cloth, without any wood between them, except what is necessary to serve as a frame for stretching them.

A set of types are provided, each consisting of a letter, mounted on a wire, in the manner of the pins used for ornament in womens' headdresses. These, in order to form words and lines upon the Motion- Table, are stuck upon it, as pins upon a pin-cushion. The cloth behind, by detaining the pins towards the point, will serve to prevent their turning over and dropping out. The letters are of such a size, as that the words formed of them shall be legible at the farthest part of the room where any Member may have occasion to sit.


Uses and Necessity of the Motion Table.

1. Placed in the most general point of view, the use of such an implement is, so to Order Matters, that no Man can avoid for a Moment knowing what the Question is, that he is to vote upon: an Article of Knowledge, which cannot be impressed with Certainty by any other means.

N∘ 4
1. General Considerations evincing the an implement as the Motion Table.

It is the purport, it is true, and not the Tenor, of every discourse that

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1
The Appendix reproduces the only surviving fragment of text for 'Political Tactics'. The manuscripts Omont MSS 72) have a wrapper bearing the following inscription, in Morellet's hand: 'Benthwn. Pratiques utiles à une assemblée deliberante. Pratiques utiles à une assemblée Deliberante Par Bentham.' For further details see the Editorial introduction, p. xxxix above.
2
Marginal note: 'That chapter was not thought necessary to accompany these papers.' This is a personal note to Morellet.
3
Marginal note: 'See N∘. 8'. See pp. 170-5 below.
a
Were an implement of this sort ever to come into use, it might naturally enough come to be stiled, the Carpet, partly from its physical resemblance to that article of furniture, partly in conformity to the well-known figurative phrase.

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