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The best letters of Lord Chesterfield

Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield

The best letters of Lord Chesterfield

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Published in London Heinemann .
Written in English


Edition Notes

Statementedited with an introduction by Edward Gilpin Johnson.
ContributionsJohnson, Edward Gilpin.
The Physical Object
Pagination302p. ;
Number of Pages302
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL13714320M

In order to this, I do not propose that you should make a study of fortification, as if you were to be an engineer, but a very easy way of knowing as much as you need know of them, will be to visit often the fortifications of Turin, in company with some old officer or engineer, who will show and explain to you the several works themselves; by which means you will get a clearer notion of them than if you were to see them only upon paper for seven years together. Foxing Light brown spots that naturally appear on some papers due to oxidation as they age. By changing the areas of the plate that are exposed and the length of time the plate is submerged in the acid bath, the engraver can obtain fine and varying shades of gray that closely resemble watercolor washes. Hitherto you have had every possible proof of my affection, because you have deserved it; but when you cease to deserve it, you may expect every possible mark of my resentment. He takes no part in the general conversation; but, on the contrary, breaks into it from time to time, with some start of his own, as if he waked from a dream. These would be my pleasures and amusements, if I were to live the last thirty years over again; they are rational ones; and, moreover, I will tell you, they are really the fashionable ones; for the others are not, in truth, the pleasures of what I call people of fashion, but of those who only call themselves so.

This may be difficult, but it is by no means impossible; and, as a man of sense never attempts impossibilities on one hand, on the other, he is never discouraged by difficulties: on the contrary, he redoubles his industry and his diligence; he perseveres, and infallibly prevails at last. However frivolous a company may be, still, while you are among them, do not show them, by your inattention, that you think them so; but rather take their tone, and conform in some degree to their weakness, instead of manifesting your contempt for them. Harte that, according to his desire, I have wrote a letter of thanks to Mr. What would I not give to have you read Demosthenes critically in the morning, and understand him better than anybody; at noon, behave yourself better than any person at court; and in the evenings, trifle more agreeably than anybody in mixed companies? Of particular value to collectors as evidence of a very early form of the book.

In short, neglect nothing that can possibly please. Do they consist in little commercial play at cards in good company? Those who deserve a good character, ought to have the satisfaction of knowing that they have it, both as a reward and as an encouragement. Are you acquainted with any ladies at Lausanne? The herd of mankind can hardly be said to think; their notions are almost all adoptive; and, in general, I believe it is better that it should be so, as such common prejudices contribute more to order and quiet than their own separate reasonings would do, uncultivated and unimproved as they are. I wish you would read this book again at your leisure hours, for it will not only divert you, but likewise form your taste, and give you a just manner of thinking.


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The best letters of Lord Chesterfield book

Endeavor, as much as you can, to keep company with people above you: there you rise, as much as you sink with people below you; for as I have mentioned before you are whatever the company you keep is. These boundaries are marked out by a very fine line, which only good sense and attention can discover; it is much too fine for vulgar eyes.

How I should rejoice if I overheard you asking him pertinent questions upon useful subjects! I will suppose too, that the inland post on your side of the water has not done you justice; for I received but one single letter from you, and one from Mr. Civility, which is a disposition to accommodate and oblige others, is essentially the same in every country; but good-breeding, as it is called, which is the manner of exerting that disposition, is different in almost every country, and merely local; and every man of sense imitates and conforms to that local good-breeding of the place which he is at.

The object of his mission this time was to persuade the Dutch to join in the War of the Austrian Succession and to arrange the details of their assistance. The chapter of knowledge is very short, but the chapter of accidents is a very long one.

Typically early printed books and especially manuscripts. However, as this is a language very proper for sprightly, gay subjects, I shall conform to that, and reserve those which are serious for English.

A moderate share of penetration, with great attention, will infallibly make these necessary discoveries. Determine, too, to keep your countenance as unmoved and unembarrassed as possible; which steadiness you may get a habit of, by constant attention.

Gaming, that draws you into a thousand scrapes, leaves you penniless, and gives you the air and manners of an outrageous madman, is another most exquisite pleasure; is it not?

This science requires more attention, observation, and penetration, than the other; as indeed it is infinitely more useful. What happened on this day in history. I have known many a man pass for a miser, by saving a penny and wrangling for twopence, who was undoing himself at the same time by living above his income, and not attending to essential articles which were above his 'portee'.

Whatever is worth doing at all, is worth doing well. A look, a gesture, an attitude, a tone of voice, all bear their parts in the great work of pleasing. If you love music, hear it; go to operas, concerts, and pay fiddlers to play to you; but I insist upon your neither piping nor fiddling yourself.

The very best provincial places have some awkwardness, that distinguish their manners from those of the metropolis. You are near the busy scene in Italy; and I doubt not but that, by frequently looking at the map, you have all that theatre of the war very perfect in your mind. Endeavor by all means, to acquire this talent, for it is a very great one.

Express your admiration of the many great men that the House of Savoy has produced; observe that nature, instead of being exhausted by those efforts, seems to have redoubled them, in the person of the present King, and the Duke of Savoy; wonder, at this rate, where it will end, and conclude that it must end in the government of all Europe.

Harte; you have your exercises to learn; the turn and manners of a court to acquire; reserving always some time for the decent amusements and pleasures of a gentleman.

Lord Chesterfield's Letters

I have examined Comte d'Einsiedlen so narrowly concerning you, that I have extorted from him a confession that you do not care to speak German, unless to such as understand no other language. Rome will furnish you with business enough of that sort; but then it furnishes you with many other objects well deserving your attention, such as deep ecclesiastical craft and policy.

The inequality of the town of Lausanne seems to be very convenient in this cold weather; because going up hill and down will keep you warm. Harte last Monday, the 17th, O. Pay that money, too, yourself, and not through the hands of any servant, who always either stipulates poundage, or requires a present for his good word, as they call it.

I do not mean that you should keep an account of the shillings and half-crowns which you may spend in chair-hire, operas, etc.

The next prejudices that I adopted were those of the 'beau monde', in which as I was determined to shine, I took what are commonly called the genteel vices to be necessary.

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Frequent and loud laughter is the characteristic of folly and ill-manners; it is the manner in which the mob express their silly joy at silly things; and they call it being merry. My compliments to Mr. Harte, that you are to be at Leipsig by next Michaelmas; where you will be lodged in the house of Professor Mascow, and boarded in the neighborhood of it, with some young men of fashion.The first set of an extraordinary collection of 10 sets of personal letters written by Lord Chesterfield to his illegitimate son, young Philip Stanhope, then living abroad with his tutor to further his education.

Letters Written by Lord Chesterfield to his Son - Vol. II is an unchanged, high-quality reprint of the original edition of Hansebooks is editor of the literature on different topic areas such as research and science, travel and expeditions, cooking and nutrition, medicine, and other genres.

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