Quotation by Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield, 4th Earl

Montesquieu well knew, and justly admired, the happy constitution of this country [Great Britain], where fixed and known laws equally restrain monarchy from tyranny and liberty from licentiousness.
Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694–1773), British statesman, man of letters. obituary notice in the London Evening Post, Feb. 1755, quoted in The French Correspondence of the 4th Earl of Chesterfield, vol. I, p. 142, ed. Rex A. Barrell, Ottawa, Borealis Press (1980).

Here Chesterfield pays tribute both to his late friend, Charles de Secondat, Baron de Montesquieu (1689-1755), author of De L'Esprit des Lois, and to his own country.
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