I have in my old age a sort of conformity with you . T'is not in point of wit, but in point of ears . Mine are much bard too
« A Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4è comte de Chesterfield
A Ferney par Genève 5 august 1761
Give me leave to apply from the foot of the Alps to the english noble man whose wit is the most adapted to the taste of every nation . I have in my old age a sort of conformity with you . T'is not in point of wit, but in point of ears . Mine are much bard too . The consolation of deaf people is to read , and some times to scribe . I have as 1 a scriber, made a prety curious commentary on many tragedies of Corneille . T'is my duty since the gran daughter of Corneille is in my house .
If there was a gran daughter of Shakespeare, I would subscribe for her . I hope those who take Ponticheri will take subscription too 2.
The work is prodigiously cheap, and no money is to be given but at the reception of the book .
Nurse 3 receives the names of the subsribers . Your name will be the most honourable and the dearest to me .
I wish your lordship longlife, good eyes and good stomak .4
Mylord souvenez-vous de votre ancien serviteur Voltaire qui vous est attaché comme s'il était né à Londres . »