Letters to His Son on the Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman, 1751
Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield
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It has described letters provide great insight into the social construction of masculinity in the 1700s. There is likely something of interest here for any student of the history of this time period, or the study of masculinity. My Dear Friend: I received yours yesterday morning together with the Prussian, papers, which I have read with great attention. If courts could blush, those of Vienna and Dresden ought, to have their falsehoods so publicly, and so undeniably exposed. The former will, I presume, next year, employ an hundred thousand men, to answer the accusation; and if the Empress of the two Russias is pleased to argue in the same cogent manner, their logic will be too strong for all the King of Prussia's rhetoric. I well remember the treaty so often referred to in those pieces, between the two Empresses, in 1746. The King was strongly pressed by the Empress Queen to accede to it. Wassenaer communicated it to me for that purpose. I asked him if there were no secret articles; suspecting that there were some, because the ostensible treaty was a mere harmless, defensive one.
- Category: Philosophy
- Published: 01 January 1773
- Publisher: Public Domain
- Print Length: 151 Pages
- Language: English