Letters Written by the Late Right Honorable Philip Dormer Stanhope, Earl of Chesterfield, to His Son Philip Stanhope

Letters Written by the Late Right Honorable Philip Dormer Stanhope, Earl of Chesterfield, to His Son Philip Stanhope

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1777 edition. Excerpt: ...no languages, and, I am sure, no manners. l defirethat you will form no connections, nor (what they impudently call) friendships, with these people; which are, in truth, only combinations and conspiracies against good morals' and good manners. There is commonly, in young people, a facility that makes them unwilling to rcfuse any thing that is asked of them; al.znauwais? bente, that makes them ashamed 'to refuse; and, at the same time, an ambition of VOL. II. H plexsmg pleafing and shining in the company they keep: these several causes produce the best effect in good company, but the very worst in bad. If people had no vices but their own, few would have so many as they have. For my own part, I would sooner wear other people's clothes than their vices, -and they would fi.t upon mejust as well. I hope you will have none; but if ever you have, I beg, at least, they may be all your own. Vices of 'adoption.are, of all others, the mofl disgraceful and unpardonable. 'There are degrees in vices, as well as in virtues; and I must do my countrymen the justice to say, they generally take their vices in the lowest degree. 'Their gallantry is the infamous mean debauchery of flews, justly'-attended and rewarded by the loss of their health, as well as their character. 'Their pleasures of the table end in beastly drunkenness, low riot, broken windows, and very often (as'they well deserve) broken bones. They game, for the sake of the vice, not of the amusement; and therefore carry it to excess; undo, or are undone by their companions. By such conduct, and in such company abroad, they come home, the unimproved, illiberal, and ungentlemanlike creatures, that one daily sees them; that is, in the Park, and in the fireets, for one never meets them in good...show more

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  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 77g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236932218
  • 9781236932211