Letters to His Son, 1746-1747
Publisher: Alcazar AudioWorks
Date: January 2004
Duration: 1 hours 43 minutes
The first set of an extraordinary collection of 10 sets of personal letters written by Lord Chesterfield to his illegitimate son, young Philip Stanhope, then living abroad with his tutor to further his education.
His Lordship, later secretary of state, hoped that his son would follow in his footsteps and took endless pains to instruct him on the essential and finer behavioral traits of a the aristocracy.
Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield (1694-1773) was a British politician, serving in both the House of Commons and the House of Lords. Well traveled and a reknown orator, Chesterfield became a successful diplomat with close ties to the Prince of Wales. Chesterfield's writing gifts served him well politically, writing phamphlets under an assumed name, he was able to impact political decisions from inside and outside the chambers.
Before his marriage, Chesterfield fathered an illegitimate son. The son, Philip Stanhope, was his only natural child and Lord Chesterfield cared deeply about him, his entire life. Chesterfield wrote Philip over 400 letters over a 30 year period, most of which have survived. Ironically, the letters were preserved by a great source of sorrow for Chesterfield. Chesterfield's son had married a woman of humble birth who had born him two children. Chesterfield did not learn of their existence until after his son death at 36. Philip's widow preserved and published the letters.