Quotation by Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield, 4th Earl

I can hardly bring myself to caution you against drinking, because I am persuaded that I am writing to a rational creature, a gentleman, and not to a swine. However, that you may not be insensibly drawn into that beastly custom of even sober drinking and sipping, as the sots call it, I advise you to be of no club whatsoever.
Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694–1773), British statesman, man of letters. Letter, undated, Chesterfield's Letters to his Son and Others, p. 304, London, Dent (1796).

Written to his godson Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl (1755-1815), a distant relative of Chesterfield's, who eventually became his heir and successor; the letter included instructions that it be delivered to the godson after Chesterfield's death.
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