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Thomas Gray to George Birkett, [8 October 1736]

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To
The Revrd Mr George Birkett,
Fellow of St Peter's College
Cambridge
8 oc

Sr

As I shall stay only a fortnight longer in Town, I'll beg you to give yourself the trouble of writing out my Bills, & sending 'em, that I may put myself out of your Debt, as soon as I come down: if Piazza should come to You, you'll be so good as to satisfie him; I protest, I forget what I owe him, but he is honest enough to tell you right: my Father & Mother desire me to send their compliments, & I beg you'd believe me

Sr
your most obedt humble Servt
T: Gray.
Letter ID: letters.0032 (Source: TEI/XML)

Correspondents

Writer: Gray, Thomas, 1716-1771
Writer's age: 19
Addressee: Birkett, George, 1690-1745
Addressee's age: 46[?]

Dates

Date of composition: [8 October 1736]
Date (on letter): [Oct 8]
Calendar: Julian

Places

Place of composition: [London, United Kingdom]
Place of addressee: [Cambridge, United Kingdom]

Physical description

Addressed: To / The Revrd Mr George Birkett, / Fellow of St Peter's College / Cambridge (postmark: 8 oc)

Content

Language: English
Incipit: As I shall stay only a fortnight longer in Town, I'll beg you...
Mentioned: Walpole, Horace, 1717-1797

Holding Institution

Location:
(unconfirmed)
College Library, Pembroke College, Cambridge , Cambridge, UK <http://www.pem.cam.ac.uk/>
Availability: The original letter is extant, but there is no further information about its availability; a photostat is in MS. Toynbee c.2, Bodleian Library, Oxford

Print Versions

  • The Letters of Thomas Gray, including the correspondence of Gray and Mason, 3 vols. Ed. by Duncan C. Tovey. London: George Bell and Sons, 1900-12, letter no. III, vol. i, 3
  • Correspondence of Thomas Gray, 3 vols. Ed. by the late Paget Toynbee and Leonard Whibley, with corrections and additions by H. W. Starr. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1971 [1st ed. 1935], letter no. 29, vol. i, 52-53