1774 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Lord Chesterfield

Samuel Johnson, 1774 ca.; Boswell, Life of Johnson (1791); ed. G. B. Hill (1891) 1:308-09.



Johnson having now explicitly avowed his opinion of Lord Chesterfield, did not refrain from expressing himself concerning that nobleman with pointed freedom: "This man (said he) I thought had been a Lord among wits; but, I find, he is only a wit among Lords!" And when his Letters to his natural son were published, he observed, that "they teach the morals of a whore, and the manners of a dancing master."