Letters to His Son


BATH,November 21,I76I.

MY DEAR FRIEND:I have this moment received your letter of the 19th.If I find any alterations by drinking these waters,now six days,it is rather for the better;but,in six days more,I think I shall find with more certainty what humor they are in with me;if kind,I will profit of,but not abuse their kindness;all things have their bounds,'quos ultra citrave nequit consistere rectum';and I will endeavor to nick that point.

The (queen's jointure is larger than,from SOME REASONS,I expected it would be,though not greater than the very last precedent authorized.

The case of the late Lord Wilmington was,I fancy,remembered.

I have now good reason to believe that Spain will declare war to us,that is,that it will very soon,if it has not already,avowedly assist France,in case the war continues.This will be a great triumph to Mr.

Pitt,and fully justify his plan of beginning with Spain first,and having the first blow,which is often half the battle.

Here is a great deal of company,and what is commonly called good company,that is,great quality.I trouble them very little,except at the pump,where my business calls me;for what is company to a deaf man,or a deaf man to company?

Lady Brown,whom I have seen,and who,by the way,has got the gout in her eye,inquired very tenderly after you.And so I elegantly rest,Yours,till death.

Dormer StanhopePhilip