The Earl of Chesterfield's Letters… to his Son contain eighteenth-century guidelines for gentlemanly behavior and proper manners. Written by Philip Dormer Stanhope to his illegitimate son and published posthumously, these missives stress the values of the age and teach the art of graceful living. These were likely of interest to Washington because he valued these qualities and acted as a guardian and mentor to the gentlemen of his household who served as aides and secretaries. Washington purchased this four-volume set, the first American edition, while presiding over the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia on September 5, 1787.

For George Washington's other volumes from this series, see ML-236-W/B, ML-236-W/C, and ML-236-W/D.
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Date

1775


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Geography

  • Published - England
  • Reprinted - United States

Material/Technique

Leather, gilt, ink, laid paper


Dimensions

Overall: 7 in. x 4 3/16 in. x 7/8 in. (17.78 cm x 10.64 cm x 2.22 cm)


Credit

Purchase, 1979


Object Number

ML-236-W/A


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