Thomas Gray to Horace Walpole, [12 January 1735]
The Honble Horace Walpole Esq
at his house in St James's Square London
SAFFRON WALDEN 13 1A
How severe is forgetful old Age
To confine a poor Devil so?
That I almost despair
To see even the Air;
Much more my dear Damon–hey ho!
Thou dear envious Imp, to set me a longing with accounts of Plays & Opera's, & Masquerades after hearing of which, I can no more think of Logick & Stuff, than you could of Divinity at a Ball, or of Caudle & Carraway-Comfits after having been stuffed at a Christening: heaven knows! we have nobody in our Colledge, that has seen London, but one; and he, I believe comes out of Vinegar-yard, & looks like toasted Cheshire cheese, strewed with brown Sugar. I beg you, give me the minutest Circumstances of your Diversions & your Indiversions; tho' if it is as great a trouble to you to write, as it is a pleasure to me to get 'em by heart, I fear I shan't hear from you once in a twelve-month, & dear now, be very punctual & very long: if I had the least particle of pleasure, you should know it; & so you should if I had any thing troublesome; tho' in Cambridge there is nothing so troublesome, as that one has nothing to trouble one. every thing is so tediously regular, so samish, that I expire for want of a little variety. I am just as I was, & so is every thing about me; I hope you'll forgive my formality, in being just the same
the same Servant
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