Quotation by Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield, 4th Earl

His eloquence was of every kind, and he excelled in the argumentative as well as in the declamatory way. But his invectives were terrible, and uttered with such energy of diction, and stern dignity of action and countenance, that he intimidated those who were the most willing and the best able to encounter him. Their arms fell out of their hands, and they shrunk under the ascendant which his genius gained over theirs.
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. 57, University of California, Los Angeles (1990).

Character of William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham (1708-1778), Prime Minister of Britain, 1756-1757 and 1757-1761.
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