Letters to His Son on the Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman, 1746— 47

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Author: Philip Dormer Stanhope

Letter X

LONDON, June 30, O. S. 1747

DEAR BOY: I was extremely pleased with the account which you gave me in your last, of the civilities that you received in your Swiss progress; and I have written, by this post, to Mr. Burnaby, and to the ’Avoyer,’ to thank them for their parts. If the attention you met with pleased you, as I dare say it did, you will, I hope, draw this general conclusion from it, that attention and civility please all those to whom they are paid; and that you will please others in proportion as you are attentive and civil to them.

Bishop Burnet has wrote his travels through Switzerland; and Mr. Stanyan, from a long residence there, has written the best account, yet extant, of the Thirteen Cantons; but those books will be read no more, I presume, after you shall have published your account of that country. I hope you will favor me with one of the first copies. To be serious; though I do not desire that you should immediately turn author, and oblige the world with your travels; yet, wherever you go, I would have you as curious and inquisitive as if you did intend to write them. I do not mean that you should give yourself so much trouble, to know the number of houses, inhabitants, signposts, and tombstones, of every town that you go through; but that you should inform yourself, as well as your stay will permit you, whether the town is free, or to whom it belongs, or in what manner: whether it has any peculiar privileges or customs; what trade or manufactures; and such other particulars as people of sense desire to know. And there would be no manner of harm if you were to take memorandums of such things in a paper book to help your memory. The only way of knowing all these things is to keep the best company, who can best inform you of them. I am just now called away; so good night.

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Chicago: Philip Dormer Stanhope, "Letter X," Letters to His Son on the Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman, 1746— 47, trans. Elwes, R. H. M. (Robert Harvey Monro), 1853- in Letters to His Son on the Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman, 1746—47 Original Sources, accessed August 13, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=3XELRQMK5VIHCUY.

MLA: Stanhope, Philip Dormer. "Letter X." Letters to His Son on the Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman, 1746— 47, translted by Elwes, R. H. M. (Robert Harvey Monro), 1853-, in Letters to His Son on the Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman, 1746—47, Original Sources. 13 Aug. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=3XELRQMK5VIHCUY.

Harvard: Stanhope, PD, 'Letter X' in Letters to His Son on the Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman, 1746— 47, trans. . cited in , Letters to His Son on the Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman, 1746—47. Original Sources, retrieved 13 August 2022, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=3XELRQMK5VIHCUY.