Thomas Gray to Thomas Wharton, [15 March 1753]
My dear Wharton I judge by this time you are in town. the reason that I thought would have deprived me of the pleasure of seeing you is now at an end. my poor Mother, after a long & painful Struggle for life, expired on Sunday morning. when I have seen her buried, I shall come to London, & it will be a particular satisfaction to me to find you there. if you can procure me a tolerable lodging near you, be so good (if you can conveniently) to let me know the night you receive this; if not, I shall go to my old Landlord in Jermyn Street. I believe, I shall come on Tuesday, & stay a few days, for I must return hither to pay my Aunt her Arrears, wch she will demand with great Exactness.
To me, at Mrs Rogers's of Stoke, near Windsor Bucks.
Egerton MS 2400, f. 51, Manuscripts collection, British Library , London, UK <http://www.bl.uk/reshelp/bldept/manuscr/>
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