Quotation by Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield, 4th Earl

In private life he was good-natured, chearful, social; inelegant in his manners, loose in his morals. He had a coarse, strong wit, which he was too free of for a man in his station, as it is always inconsistent with dignity. He was very able as a minister, but without a certain elevation of mind necessary for great good, or great mischief.
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. 31, University of California, Los Angeles (1990).

Character of Sir Robert Walpole (1676-1745), first minister in the British government from 1715 to 1717 and from 1721 to 1742.
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