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Thomas Gray to Horace Walpole, [19 September 1738]

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To
The Honble Horace Walpole, Junr: Esq
at New Park Richmond.
19 SE

[           ]

I have been in town a day or two, & in doubt where to direct to you, till Ashton, whom I saw today, told me you were at Richmond. I have seen him & his Lordling, and am mightily pleased with 'em both; the boy kisses his eyes out, & had no sooner heard, that I was Mr John Ashton, but he climbed up to the top of my head, & came down again on the other side in half a second. I shall be glad to know when & where I may see you most alone, &

am Yours ever,
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Letter ID: letters.0063 (Source: TEI/XML)

Correspondents

Writer: Gray, Thomas, 1716-1771
Writer's age: 21
Addressee: Walpole, Horace, 1717-1797
Addressee's age: 21

Dates

Date of composition: [19 September 1738]
Date (on letter): Tuesday- Night-
Calendar: Julian

Places

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

Physical description

Addressed: To / The Honble Horace Walpole, Junr: Esq / at New Park Richmond. (postmark: 19 SE)

Content

Language: English
Incipit: I have been in town a day or two, & in doubt where to direct to you...
Mentioned: Ashton, Thomas, 1715-1775
Richmond (Surrey)

Holding Institution

Location:
(confirmed)
Class No. LC II, 90, College Library, Pembroke College, Cambridge , Cambridge, UK <http://www.pem.cam.ac.uk/>
Availability: The original letter is extant and usually available for academic research purposes

Print Versions

  • The Correspondence of Gray, Walpole, West and Ashton (1734-1771), 2 vols. Chronologically arranged and edited with introduction, notes, and index by Paget Toynbee. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1915, letter no. 86, vol. i, 200-201
  • The Yale Edition of Horace Walpole's Correspondence. Ed. by W. S. Lewis. New Haven, Conn.: Yale UP; London: Oxford UP, 1937-83, vols. 13/14: Horace Walpole's Correspondence with Thomas Gray, Richard West and Thomas Ashton i, 1734-42, Horace Walpole's Correspondence with Thomas Gray ii, 1745-71, ed. by W. S. Lewis, George L. Lam and Charles H. Bennett, 1948, vol. i, 161
  • 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. 58, vol. i, 92