Left home in company with John Dixon to attend the internment of George Stephenson at Chesterfield. I fear he died an unbeliever. When I reflect on my first acquaintance with him and the resulting consequences my mind seems lost in doubt as to the beneficial results — that humanity has been benefited in the diminished use of horses and by the lessened cruelty to them, that much ease, safety, speed, and lessened expense in travelling is obtained, but as to the results and effects of all that railways had led my dear family into, being in any sense beneficial is uncertain.
As Lord Chesterfield said ofthegenerals of his day,'I only hope that when the enemy reads the list of their names, he trembles as I do'.
He thought at heart like courtly Chesterfield, Who, after a long chase o'er hills, dales, bushes, And what not, though he rode beyond all price, Ask'd next day, "if men ever hunted twice?"lord byron
This man [Chesterfield] I thought had been a lord among wits; but I find he is only a wit among lords.
This man [Chesterfield], I thought, had been a lord among wits; but I find he is only a wit among lords.