CHESTERFIELD Philip Stanhope Earl of - Autograph Letter Signed 1771 giving permission to fish
Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of CHESTERFIELD (1694-1773)
Autograph Letter Signed (“Chesterfield”) to Mr. Fisher, giving a neighbour leave to fish in his stream, and ordering barrels of beer.
1 page 4to with integral free frank address leaf signed (“To Mr. Fisher at his House in Derby, Free Chesterfield”), London, 5 September 1771.
A late letter, evidently to a senior member of his household.
“Sr Harry Harper has applied to me for leave to Fish in a Stream that rises from Bretby through his Park, to which I have no objection therefore pray give orders accordingly. I take it for granted that he will not suffer any of his servants to abuse that permission.
Pray order me this season one Barrel of Ale the same as the last, and two Barrels of small beer, one of them the same as the last, and the other of them not so strong as the last, but the same as what I had two years ago and let the barrels be marked accordingly, with an S for stronger, and a W for weaker. I break now very fast, but am your sure and decayed friend Chesterfield”.
After a successful period as Lord Lieutenant of Ireland and a less successful one as Secretary of State for the Northern [i.e., Foreign] Department, Chesterfield retired into private life in 1748, largely because of his poor health. In fact, he had twenty-five years of life left, which he was able to fill productively. He was inclined to exaggerate his ailments, but by 1771 he was indeed rather weak, and died eighteen months after the date of this letter. Polite to the end, his last words were a request to give a visitor to his sickbed a chair.
Slight splitting along centre horizontal folds has been repaired.
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