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Philadelphia Sep 1 1833
Nothing but sentiments of disenterested friendship could induce me thus to address you- & with the hope it may be received in accordance with those feelings. I take the liberty to point to a few rules which should be laid down by each person- to be observed & practiced on the journey of Life- I could point to many authors who have written on general rules of Politeness & would not pay so poor a compliment to your acknowledged store of information- as suppose you were ignorant of Lord Chesterfield's code, yet am sorry to say I really think a more careful perusal would be much to your advantage- But me thinks there is great latitude to excuse many inadvertancies which is to be presumed arrises from your peculiar situation having no one near you, feeling a sufficient interest to give a word of advise- & they who might, detered from it by your very forbidding manner- did it never occur to you such manners must render you very unpopular- the world is not withheld from speaking its mind of whom it pleases, however exalted his situation- for the blast that prostrates the oak passes harmless over the lovely violet- tis a fearful preeminance when our faults are learned & coined by note to be cast in to our [teath]. The great art of confering favour is to do it with apparent good will even when it goes against the grain- if we do not we run the risque of being thought selfish & rude- let not the tribulations of our minds speak too plainly through the countanance- & remember there are eyes of disernment about us.
|Title||1833 September 1, to William D. Cope, Woodbourne|
|Recipient||Cope, William D. (William Drinker), 1798-1873|
|Identified People||Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope, Earl of, 1694-1773|
|Unidentified People||Dorothy Dolittle [creator]|
Manners and customs
|Destination||Woodbourne (Susquehanna County, Pa.)|
"Dorothy Dolittle" is a pseudonym for an undertermined true author, who chastises William D. Cope on the matter of his poor manners.
See also William's letters of September 27 & October 20, 1833 for reaction .
"Lord Chesterfield" is Philip Dormer Stanhope, the 4th Earl of Chesterfield, who also often wrote pseudonymously, under the name "Jeffrey Broadbottom."
|Repository||Haverford College Special Collections|
|Source||MS Coll 1170|
|Online Finding Aid||http://www.haverford.edu/library/special/aids/copeevans/|
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|Department||Haverford College Quaker and Special Collections|
|Collection||Cope - Evans family papers, 1732-1911|