Philip Dormer Stanhope: Letters To His Son (1084 words)

  • Christopher Mayo (Adelphi University )

Letters to his Son includes over 400* letters written by Philip Dormer Stanhope, fourth earl of Chesterfield, to his illegitimate son, Philip Stanhope (1732-1768), between the years of 1737 or 1738 and 1768, the year of his son’s death. Chesterfield’s early letters to his son – written in French, English, and, occasionally, Latin – largely focus on instructing his son in geography, history, and classical literature. The late letters, written when Philip had an established career as a minor diplomat, deal principally with political matters. Those written in between, from 1746 to 1754, comprise the bulk of Letters to his Son, and include the great majority of Chesterfield’s most famous – and most notorious –…

Mayo, Christopher. "Letters To His Son". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 25 February 2007
[, accessed 26 October 2016.]