Quotation by Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield, 4th Earl

How often should a woman be pregnant? Continually, or hardly ever? Or must there be a certain number of pregnancy anniversaries established by fashion? What do you, at the age of forty-three, have to say on the subject? Is it a fact that the laws of nature, or of the country, or of propriety, have ordained this time of life for sterility?
Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694–1773), British statesman, man of letters. letter, Jan. 1, 1750, The French Correspondence of the 4th Earl of Chesterfield, vol. I, p. 69, ed. Rex A. Barrell, trans. James Gray, Ottawa, Borealis Press (1980).

Mme. La Marquise, to whom this letter was addressed, at age forty-three was expecting her second child.
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