‘It is exacting too much to require that people shall always act from the inducement of promoting the general interests of society’.
Mill’s Answer: ‘But this is to mistake the very meaning of a standard of morality and to confound the rule of action with the motive for it.’
In other words, utilitarianism tells us which actions are right, it is silent about motives.
Davies Objection (fn 2)
Saving to make him happy versus saving to harm him later on. Are they both right?
Mill’s answer: Had Mr Davies said, ‘The rightness or wrongness of saving a man from drowning does depend very much not upon the motive, but upon the intention’, no utilitarian would have differed from him.
The distinction is hard to make
It seems to involve a change away from his original answer.