Portrait of Philip Dormer Stanhope wearing a blue sash.

Philip Dormer Stanhope

(1694 - 1773)

Philip Dormer Stanhope entered Parliament in 1715, became ambassador to Holland in 1728, and sired his illegitimate son in 1732. Starting when the boy was five years old and ending within four weeks of his son’s death at the age of thirty-six, Stanhope wrote 448 letters to him, generally on the topic of “the necessary arts of the world.” After Stanhope’s death, Samuel Johnson complained that the posthumously published letters taught “the morals of a whore and the manners of a dancing master.”

All Writing

An injury is much sooner forgotten than an insult.

—Philip Dormer Stanhope, 1746

Voices In Time

1750 | London


The high cost of low living.More

Those who travel heedlessly from place to place, observing only their distance from each other and attending only to their accommodation at the inn at night, set out fools, and will certainly return so.

—Philip Dormer Stanhope, 1747

Voices In Time

1746 | Bath

Life Lessons

I know how unwelcome advice generally is; I know that those who want it most like it and follow it least.More

The young leading the young is like the blind leading the blind.

—Philip Dormer Stanhope, 1747

Voices In Time

1748 | Bath

Low and Unbecoming

Philip Dormer Stanhope recommends to his son to never laugh, ever.More

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