Wharton

Philip Wharton, Duke of Northumberland, described by Pope in the Moral Essays in the lines beginning -

“Wharton, the scron 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. (1698-1731.)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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