Letters to His Son

The Earl of Chesterfield

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Letters to His Son on the Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman was written by Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield to his illegitimate son, (also called Philip Stanhope). First published in 1774, the book consists of more than 400 letters, spanning a thirty year period. Beginning in 1737 and ending with the death of his son in 1768, Chesterfield's letters are mostly instructive - discussing things like the conduct of life, and manners, as well as more specific subjects such as geography, history, and classical literature. The letters were published by Eugenia Stanhope, the widow of Stanhope's son. The Earl was disappointed to learn that his son had married into a lower social class, and although he gave money to his grandsons, he gave nothing to his daughter-in-law, and it was this lack of funds that led her to selling the Letters to a publisher.

This book has 286,240 words, 403 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1774.

Production notes: This ebook of Letters to His Son was published by Global Grey on the 4th October 2018, and updated on the 22nd June 2023. The artwork used for the cover is 'Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield' by William Hoare.

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