Letters to His Son on the Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman, 1759— 65

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Author: Philip Dormer Stanhope

Letter CCXLIX

BATH, December 6, 1761.

MY DEAR FRIEND: I have been in your debt some time, which, you know, I am not very apt to be: but it was really for want of specie to pay. The present state of my invention does not enable me to coin; and you would have had as little pleasure in reading, as I should have in writing ’le coglionerie’ of this place; besides, that I am very little mingled in them. I do not know whether I shall be able to follow, your advice, and cut a winner; for, at present, I have neither won nor lost a single shilling. I will play on this week only; and if I have a good run, I will carry it off with me; if a bad one, the loss can hardly amount to anything considerable in seven days, for I hope to see you in town tomorrow sevennight.

I had a dismal letter from Harte, last week; he tells me that he is at nurse with a sister in Berkshire; that he has got a confirmed jaundice, besides twenty other distempers. The true cause of these complaints I take to be the same that so greatly disordered, and had nearly destroyed the most august House of Austria, about one hundred and thirty years ago; I mean Gustavus Adolphus; who neither answered his expectations in point of profit nor reputation, and that merely by his own fault, in not writing it in the vulgar tongue; for as to facts I will maintain that it is one of the best histories extant.

’Au revoir’, as Sir Fopling says, and God bless you!

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Chicago: Philip Dormer Stanhope, "Letter CCXLIX," Letters to His Son on the Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman, 1759— 65, 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, 1759—65 Original Sources, accessed February 4, 2023, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=8MLLZ5KLWN66C61.

MLA: Stanhope, Philip Dormer. "Letter CCXLIX." Letters to His Son on the Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman, 1759— 65, 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, 1759—65, Original Sources. 4 Feb. 2023. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=8MLLZ5KLWN66C61.

Harvard: Stanhope, PD, 'Letter CCXLIX' in Letters to His Son on the Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman, 1759— 65, trans. . cited in , Letters to His Son on the Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman, 1759—65. Original Sources, retrieved 4 February 2023, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=8MLLZ5KLWN66C61.