Quotation by Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield, 4th Earl

All I can say, in answer to this kind queries [of friends] is that I have not the distemper called the Plague; but that I have all the plagues of old age, and of a shattered carcase.
Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694–1773), British statesman, man of letters. letter, Nov. 4, 1770, Letters Written by the Late Right Honourable Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl, Earl of Chesterfield, to his Son, Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl, Esq, 5th ed., vol. IV, pp. 283-84, London (1774).

Letter addressed to his son's widow, Mrs. Eugenia Stanhope, 4th Earl.
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