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Thomas Gray to Horace Walpole, [9 September 1747]

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To
The Honble Horace Walpole Esq
at his House in Arlington-Street
Westminster
WINDSOR 11SE

If I am mistaken, You will have the Trouble of reading a few unnecessary Lines: but I imagine a Letter I wrote to you (about a Week after I received yours) has never come to your Hands. it was to say that I should be glad to make you a Visit as you propose, & left it to you what Time this Month it should be: only desired, that you would inform me a little beforehand, & tell me (who am too fine a Person to know where any English Place lies) whither Hounslow or Brentford be nearest Twickenham, where I would be on a certain Day, & you must fetch me from thence.

Adieu! I am
Yours ever
T GRAY.
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Letter ID: letters.0159 (Source: TEI/XML)

Correspondents

Writer: Gray, Thomas, 1716-1771
Writer's age: 30
Addressee: Walpole, Horace, 1717-1797
Addressee's age: 30

Dates

Date of composition: [9 September 1747]
Date (on letter): Wednesday- Sept: 9
Calendar: Julian

Places

Place of composition: Stoke Poges, United Kingdom
Address (on letter): Stoke, at Mrs Rogers's
Place of addressee: [London, United Kingdom]

Physical description

Addressed: To / The Honble Horace Walpole Esq / at his House in Arlington-Street / Westminster (postmark: WINDSOR 11SE)

Content

Language: English
Incipit: If I am mistaken, You will have the Trouble of reading a few unnecessary Lines:...
Mentioned: London

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. 166, vol. ii, 86-87
  • 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. ii, 31-32
  • 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. 141, vol. i, 287-288