Thomas Gray to Thomas Wharton, [c. 10 April 1747]
Dr Thomas Wharton of
By Caxton Bay
I highly approve of your travelling Nuptials, & only wonder you don't set forth on Easter-Day, rather than stay to be dish'd up there, & put to Bed by a whole Heap of prurient Relations. I don't conceive what one can do with such People, but run away from them. my very Letter blushes to think it must speak with you at a Time when there is but one Person you can properly have any Thing to say to.
However, tho' I have not the Pleasure of knowing Mr Wilkinson, my new Relation, much less of knowing how good a Charioteer he is: yet I will readily trust him with my Neck to carry to Stilton, or where he pleases. if I arrive there in a shatter'd Condition, I hope the Lady you belong to will receive me the more graciously, as a Person, that had an Ambition to break a Limb, or two in her Service. but you must desire him (as you say) to invite me.
You shall receive the Money, as soon as you get to Town. my Aunt has it in her Hands: when I see you, I shall learn your Direction, & she shall come & pay it. I won't trouble you with long Letters at present.
P:S: My Compliments!
Egerton MS 2400, ff. 23-24, Manuscripts collection, British Library , London, UK <http://www.bl.uk/reshelp/bldept/manuscr/>
- The Works of Thomas Gray, 5 vols. Ed. by John Mitford. London: W. Pickering, 1835-1843, section IV, letter XXI, vol. iii, 46
- 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. LXXIX, vol. i, 168-169
- 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. 137, vol. i, 280-281