Quotation by Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield, 4th Earl

He was good-natured to a degree of weakness, even to tears, upon the slightest occasions. Exceedingly timorous, both personally and politically, dreading the least innovation, and keeping, with a scrupulous timidity, in the beaten track of business as having the safest bottom.
Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694–1773), British statesman, man of letters. Characters of Chesterfield, 1778, repr. Augustan Reprint Society, nos. 259-260, p. 48, University of California, Los Angeles (1990).

Character of Sir Thomas Pelham-Holles, 1st Duke of Newcastle, Prime Minister of Britain, 1754-1756, and, with William Pitt, 1757-1761.
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