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    This arrangement was made at the request of Bentham's will

    What does this "arrangement" mean? It's rarely used in this way, I guess.

    49)Visitors to University College London are often surprised to encounter the British philosopher Jeremy Bentham.This may be because he actually died in 1832. His skeleton, however, has been preserved in a wooden cabinet kept in the college's main building. Known as the Auto-Icon, it is dressed in Bentham's actual clothing and topped with a wax head. This arrangement was made at the request of Bentham's will, written shortly before his death...

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    Re: This arrangement was made at the request of Bentham's will

    I think the arrangement refers to the following.
    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    His skeleton ... has been preserved in a wooden cabinet kept in the college's main building ... it is dressed in Bentham's actual clothing and topped with a wax head.
    Not a teacher.

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    Re: This arrangement was made at the request of Bentham's will

    I agree with MatthewWai.

    I would like to add that "... was made at the request of Bentham's will" is rather odd. His will didn't request anything. He did. He requested it before his death by writing it in his will.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: This arrangement was made at the request of Bentham's will

    Is '... was made pursuant to Bentham's will' acceptable?

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    Re: This arrangement was made at the request of Bentham's will

    I would probably use ".. pursuant to the terms of Bentham's will".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: This arrangement was made at the request of Bentham's will

    I've just learned a new expression 'pursuant to something'.
    Thank you very much.

    How about 'according to somebody's will'? Does it sound unnatural?
    Thank you again.
    Last edited by tzfujimino; 23-Jul-2014 at 12:52. Reason: fixing a typo

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    Re: This arrangement was made at the request of Bentham's will

    How about 'as per somebody's will'? Does it sound unnatural?

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    I've just learned a new expression 'pursuant to something'.
    Perhaps we non-native speakers have to learn a new expression every day.

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    Re: This arrangement was made at the request of Bentham's will

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    I've just learned a new expression 'pursuant to something'.
    Thank you very much.

    How about 'according to somebody's will'? Does it sound unnatural?
    Thank you again.
    "In accordance with his will" is more formal, but yours is OK.

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    Re: This arrangement was made at the request of Bentham's will

    I still feel that the "terms" of the will need to be mentioned. It would not be unreasonable to say "... according to the terms of Bentham's will" or "... in line with the terms of ...".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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