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3864 Philip Dormer Stanhope

AUTHOR:Philip Dormer Stanhope, Earl of Chesterfield (1694–1773)
QUOTATION:Chapter of accidents. 1
ATTRIBUTION:Letter, Feb. 16, 1753.
Note 1.
Chapter of accidents.—Edmund Burke: Notes for Speeches (edition 1852), vol. ii. p. 426.

John Wilkes said that “the Chapter of Accidents is the longest chapter in the book.”—Robert Southey: The Doctor, chap. cxviii. [back]