CHESTERFIELD (PHILIP DORMER STANHOPE, fourth Earl of) Document Signed, 1731
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CHESTERFIELD (PHILIP DORMER STANHOPE, fourth Earl of) Document Signed, 1731
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Document Signed ("Chesterfield"), as Ambassador to The Hague, being a list of his "Extraordinary Disbursements" from 25 September to 25 December 1730, comprising three items, totalling £400; namely pens, ink, paper "& other Stationery Ware" at £100; books, gazettes, newspapers and pamphlets at £140; and postage of letters and packets at £160; countersigned by his cousin William Stanhope, 1st Earl of Harrington, as Secretary of State ("I allow this Bill, Harrington"), one page, integral blank, docketed, a few short marginal splits repaired, slight dust-staining but overall in good condition, folio, Whitehall, 23 April 1731


  • CHESTERFIELD'S BILL FOR WRITING AND POSTING LETTERS, submitted while serving as Ambassador at the Hague, a post he occupied between 1728 and 1738: 'At first he enjoyed the activity and splendour of his new post and his wealth enabled him to entertain lavishly, but he soon tired of Dutch society, and by 1730 he was asking when his successor could be appointed... For Chesterfield the most important consequence of his mission was his liaison with Elizabeth de Bouchet, which produced in March 1732 his son Philip, to whom the later Letters to his Son were addressed' (John Cannon, ODNB).
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