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Letters to His Son on the Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman

Philip Stanhope

Philip Stanhope, Earl of Chesterfield, was at one time Ambassador to the Hague, negotiated the second Treaty of Vienna, was a founding governor of London’s Foundling Hospital, Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland, and Secretary of State. Having no legitimate children, his heir was his third cousin (another Philip) whom he adopted. Although known as a hard, calculating man, he is most well known for his letters to his natural son (i.e., illegitimate son) (also called Philip). When Philip died in 1768, the letters are addressed to his grandchildren (Philip’s two sons, Charles, and, yes, Philip!). (Sibella Denton) From the introduction: “The proud Lord Chesterfield would have turned in his grave had he known that he was to go down to posterity as a teacher and preacher of the gospel of not grace, but—"the graces, the graces, the graces." Natural gifts, social status, open opportunities, and his ambition, all conspired to destine him for high statesmanship. If anything was lacking in his qualifications, he had the pluck and good sense to work hard and persistently until the deficiency was made up. Something remained lacking, and not all his consummate mastery of arts could conceal that conspicuous want,—the want of heart. Teacher and preacher he assuredly is, and long will be, yet no thanks are his due from a posterity of the common people whom he so sublimely despised. His pious mission was not to raise the level of the multitude, but to lift a single individual upon a pedestal so high that his lowly origin should not betray itself. That individual was his, Lord Chesterfield's, illegitimate son, whose inferior blood should be given the true blue hue by concentrating upon him all the externals of aristocratic education.”

Philip Stanhope, Earl of Chesterfield, was at one time Ambassador to the Hague, negotiated the second Treaty of Vienna, was a founding governor of London’s Foundling Hospital, Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland, and Secretary of State. Having no legitimate children, his heir was his third cousin (another Philip) whom he adopted. Although known as a hard, calculating man, he is most well known for his letters to his natural son (i.e., illegitimate son) (also called Philip). When Philip died in 1768, the letters are addressed to his grandchildren (Philip’s two sons, Charles, and, yes, Philip!). (Sibella Denton) From the introduction: “The proud Lord Chesterfield would have turned in his grave had he known that he was to go down to posterity as a teacher and preacher of the gospel of not grace, but—"the graces, the graces, the graces." Natural gifts, social status, open opportunities, and his ambition, all conspired to destine him for high statesmanship. If anything was lacking in his qualifications, he had the pluck and good sense to work hard and persistently until the deficiency was made up. Something remained lacking, and not all his consummate mastery of arts could conceal that conspicuous want,—the want of heart. Teacher and preacher he assuredly is, and long will be, yet no thanks are his due from a posterity of the common people whom he so sublimely despised. His pious mission was not to raise the level of the multitude, but to lift a single individual upon a pedestal so high that his lowly origin should not betray itself. That individual was his, Lord Chesterfield's, illegitimate son, whose inferior blood should be given the true blue hue by concentrating upon him all the externals of aristocratic education.”
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Philip Stanhope, Earl of Chesterfield, was at one time Ambassador to the Hague, negotiated the second Treaty of Vienna, was a founding governor of London’s Foundling Hospital, Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland, and Secretary of State. Having no legitimate children, his heir was his third cousin (another Philip) whom he adopted. Although known as a hard, calculating man, he is most well known for his letters to his natural son (i.e., illegitimate son) (also called Philip). When Philip died in 1768, the letters are addressed to his grandchildren (Philip’s two sons, Charles, and, yes, Philip!). (Sibella Denton) From the introduction: “The proud Lord Chesterfield would have turned in his grave had he known that he was to go down to posterity as a teacher and preacher of the gospel of not grace, but—"the graces, the graces, the graces." Natural gifts, social status, open opportunities, and his ambition, all conspired to destine him for high statesmanship. If anything was lacking in his qualifications, he had the pluck and good sense to work hard and persistently until the deficiency was made up. Something remained lacking, and not all his consummate mastery of arts could conceal that conspicuous want,—the want of heart. Teacher and preacher he assuredly is, and long will be, yet no thanks are his due from a posterity of the common people whom he so sublimely despised. His pious mission was not to raise the level of the multitude, but to lift a single individual upon a pedestal so high that his lowly origin should not betray itself. That individual was his, Lord Chesterfield's, illegitimate son, whose inferior blood should be given the true blue hue by concentrating upon him all the externals of aristocratic education.”

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

28h 16m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

09:25


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

08:32


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

10:19


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

08:08


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

08:04


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:47


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:46


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:11


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:25


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:57


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

09:56


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:19


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

09:40


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

12:06


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

11:20


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

08:09


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

08:14


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:07


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:04


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

10:41


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

10:04


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

12:34


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

11:18


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

08:23


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

08:52


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

13:38


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

12:06


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:54


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

09:05


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

13:39


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

10:24


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

11:28


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

11:22


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

00:01


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

12:29


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:05


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:19


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

12:06


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

00:01


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

10:59


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

08:14


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:38


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

10:30


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

11:11


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

13:04


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:07


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

09:19


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:29


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:29


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:18


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

11:37


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

12:37


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

08:30


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:54


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:52


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:54


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:39


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

11:18


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:33


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

11:41


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

09:33


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

10:06


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

08:18


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:05


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

11:07


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:57


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

10:16


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:30


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

08:32


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

11:18


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

09:19


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

06:08


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:57


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

08:44


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

08:44


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:19


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

06:44


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:50


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

04:26


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

08:59


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

06:02


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

07:19


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

06:54


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

08:37


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

07:11


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

10:26


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

10:39


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

04:58


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

08:21


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

09:18


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

09:30


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

06:24


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

09:57


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

07:20


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

10:33


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

06:45


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

07:23


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

12:25


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

07:42


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

07:33


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

08:25


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

08:58


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

09:11


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

07:39


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

08:07


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

08:56


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

06:27


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

05:41


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

06:17


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

06:42


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

08:55


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

07:27


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

06:20


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

05:52


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

08:19


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

05:48


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

11:08


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

07:51


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

06:49


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

06:34


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

08:28


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

07:22


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

06:36


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

06:20


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

08:05


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

10:28


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

07:28


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

07:46


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

06:26


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

08:40


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

05:28


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

07:52


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

08:17


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

09:31


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

07:47


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

09:08


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

07:34


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

10:11


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

07:31


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

07:54


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

06:40


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

06:31


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

09:58


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

06:49


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

03:55


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

05:46


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

10:40


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

08:30


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

08:29


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

07:20


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

14:18


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

05:38


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

05:20


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

04:59


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

07:48


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

08:21


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

08:17


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

06:10


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

10:21


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

07:46


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

06:42


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

06:18


Chapter 162
Chapter 162

05:54


Chapter 163
Chapter 163

06:29


Chapter 164
Chapter 164

07:38


Chapter 165
Chapter 165

09:41


Chapter 166
Chapter 166

05:06


Chapter 167
Chapter 167

08:29


Chapter 168
Chapter 168

07:43


Chapter 169
Chapter 169

05:20


Chapter 170
Chapter 170

03:30


Chapter 171
Chapter 171

05:59


Chapter 172
Chapter 172

07:26


Chapter 173
Chapter 173

06:04


Chapter 174
Chapter 174

05:53


Chapter 175
Chapter 175

08:38


Chapter 176
Chapter 176

05:35


Chapter 177
Chapter 177

07:13


Chapter 178
Chapter 178

04:28


Chapter 179
Chapter 179

06:14


Chapter 180
Chapter 180

05:44


Chapter 181
Chapter 181

05:01


Chapter 182
Chapter 182

05:01


Chapter 183
Chapter 183

07:28


Chapter 184
Chapter 184

05:42


Chapter 185
Chapter 185

06:37


Chapter 186
Chapter 186

06:59


Chapter 187
Chapter 187

05:58


Chapter 188
Chapter 188

07:24


Chapter 189
Chapter 189

05:54


Chapter 190
Chapter 190

07:46


Chapter 191
Chapter 191

05:51


Chapter 192
Chapter 192

06:20


Chapter 193
Chapter 193

07:52


Chapter 194
Chapter 194

07:17


Chapter 195
Chapter 195

04:43


Chapter 196
Chapter 196

05:15


Chapter 197
Chapter 197

06:25


Chapter 198
Chapter 198

06:28

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