Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Chesterfield mss., II, 1745-1770, consist primarily of the writings of statesman Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th earl of Chesterfield, 1694-1773. The manuscripts were put together and bound in two volumes by a descendant of Lord Chesterfield's, Evelyn Philip Shirley, 1812-1882. The volumes are labelled "Characters, etc." and "Ms. Fragments" and each carries a table of contents provided by Shirley, typed copies of which are in the Manuscripts Vertical File. Also present is a letter from Lord Chesterfield to his son Philip Stanhope, 1732-1768, dated April 30, 1745 and bound in vellum.

A letter, April 30, 1845, to Evelyn Philip Shirley from viscount Mahon, (Philip Henry Stanhope, later 5th earl Stanhope, 1805-1875), thanking Shirley for the opportunity of seeing the Chesterfield manuscripts, completes the collection.

Collection size: 34 items

Related manuscripts: Chesterfield mss.

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