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The new-year is the season in which custom seems more particularly to authorise civil and harmless lies, under the name of compliments. People reciprocally profess wishes, which they seldom form; and concern which they seldom

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Source Notes: Letter, 26 December 1749 OS, The Letters of Philip Dormer Stanhope, Earl of Chesterield, ed. John Bradshaw, vol. 1 (1929).

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