Lord Chesterfield lived during the reign of George I, and was renowned for his oratory and writing. He became ambassador to the Hague in 1728, and negotiated the Treaty of Vienna in 1731. He also served as the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland and the Secretary of State for the Northern Department.
He became well known for his campaign against King George II, writing prolific articles for The Constitutional Journal under the pen name Jeffrey Broadbottom. But he is best remembered for the letters written to his son at Westminster School. Many of these letters took the form of words of wisdom and counsel from a loving father.