Quotation by Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield, 4th Earl

It is reported here that the King of Prussia has gone mad and has been locked up. There would be nothing bad about that: at least that might of his would no longer be a menace, and you could breathe freely for a while. I much prefer madmen who are locked up to those who are not.
Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694–1773), British statesman, man of letters. Letter, June 23, 1732, The French Correspondence of the 4th Earl of Chesterfield, vol. I, p. 159, ed. Rex A. Barrell, trans. James Gray, Ottawa, Borealis Press (1980).

Frederick William I (1688-1740), father of Frederick the Great, had a reputation for psychopathic violence. He died shortly after this letter was written.
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