Quotation by Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield, 4th Earl

His breast was the seat of all those passions which degrade our nature, and disturb our reason. There they raged in a perpetual conflict; but avarice, the meanest of them all, generally triumphed, ruled absolutely, and in many instances, which I forbear to mention, most scandalously.
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. 27, University of California, Los Angeles (1990).

Character of William Pulteney, 1st Earl of Bath (1684-1764), first minister in the British government in 1746.
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