Almighty and everlasting God, the all-wise and all righteous Ruler of mankind. Vouchsafe to grant the prayer of Your unworthy servant. If in the course of Your inscrutable providence, I can contribute, even by the sacrifice of my life, or fortune, or reputation, to the preservation of my native country, to the advancement of virtue, and public peace and happiness, may I always be willing, and by Your divine assistance strengthened, to surrender every blessing and comfort of life, and life itself, into Your most bountiful hands, from whom I have received them all, through Jesus Christ our Lord. — Philip, Earl Stanhope. (1714-86). The best mathematician in his day.