Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield Bibliography

Letters to His Son 1774
Famous letters to Chesterfield’s illegitmate son, Philip Stanhope, born in in 1732 when Chesterfield was ambassador to The Hague and had an affair with a governess, Elizabeth de Bouchet. They were published by his son’s widow. Johnson, after Chesterfield had claimed but failed to support his Dictionary, described the Letters as teaching “the morals of a whore, and the manners of a dancing master”.