Letters to His Son on the Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman, 1766— 71

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Author: Philip Dormer Stanhope

Letter CCLXXXVII

BLACKHEATH, July 11, 1766.

MY DEAR FRIEND: You are a happy mortal, to have your time thus employed between the great and the fair; I hope you do the honors of your country to the latter. The Emperor, by your account, seems to be very well for an emperor; who, by being above the other monarchs in Europe, may justly be supposed to have had a proportionably worse education. I find, by your account of him, that he has been trained up to homicide, the only science in which princes are ever instructed; and with good reason, as their greatness and glory singly depend upon the numbers of their fellowcreatures which their ambition exterminates. If a sovereign should, by great accident, deviate into moderation, justice, and clemency, what a contemptible figure would he make in the catalogue of princes! I have always owned a great regard for King Log. From the interview at Torgaw, between the two monarchs, they will be either a great deal better or worse together; but I think rather the latter; for our namesake, Philip de Co mines, observes, that he never knew any good come from l’abouchement des Rois. The King of Prussia will exert all his perspicacity to analyze his Imperial Majesty; and I would bet upon the one head of his black eagle, against the two heads of the Austrian eagle; though two heads are said, proverbially, to be better than one. I wish I had the direction of both the monarchs, and they should, together with some of their allies, take Lorraine and Alsace from France. You will call me ’l’Abbe de St. Pierre’; but I only say what I wish; whereas he thought everything that he wished practicable.

Now to come home. Here are great bustles at Court, and a great change of persons is certainly very near. You will ask me, perhaps, who is to be out, and who is to be in? To which I answer, I do not know. My conjecture is that, be the new settlement what it will, Mr. Pitt will be at the head of it. If he is, I presume, ’qu’il aura mis de l’eau dans son vin par rapport a Mylord B-----; when that shall come to be known, as known it certainly will soon be, he may bid adieu to his popularity. A minister, as minister, is very apt to be the object of public dislike; and a favorite, as favorite, still more so. If any event of this kind happens, which (if it happens at all) I conjecture will be some time next week, you shall hear further from me.

I will follow your advice, and be as well as I can next winter, though I know I shall never be free from my flying rheumatic pains, as long as I live; but whether that will be more or less, is extremely indifferent to me; in either case, God bless you!

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Chicago: Philip Dormer Stanhope, "Letter CCLXXXVII," Letters to His Son on the Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman, 1766— 71, 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, 1766—71 Original Sources, accessed August 9, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4Z3HUD713UIGCMM.

MLA: Stanhope, Philip Dormer. "Letter CCLXXXVII." Letters to His Son on the Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman, 1766— 71, 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, 1766—71, Original Sources. 9 Aug. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4Z3HUD713UIGCMM.

Harvard: Stanhope, PD, 'Letter CCLXXXVII' in Letters to His Son on the Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman, 1766— 71, trans. . cited in , Letters to His Son on the Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman, 1766—71. Original Sources, retrieved 9 August 2022, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4Z3HUD713UIGCMM.