E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Philip Wharton, Duke of Northumberland, described by Pope in the Moral Essays in the lines beginning
Wharton, the scorn and wonder of our days.
A most brilliant orator, but so licentious that he wasted his patrimony in drunkenness and self-indulgence. He was outlawed for treason, and died in a wretched condition at a Bernardine convent in Catalonia. (16981731.)