Thomas Gray to Thomas Wharton, [10 November 1754]
Dr Thomas Wharton, MD
in Kings-Arms Yard, Coleman
SAFFRON WALDEN 11 NO
I am clear, that you are in the right way & that you ought to make your excuses at the Queen's Arms with all possible civility to Foth:ll; and perhaps the civilest excuse is to tell the truth, to him at least, that it would be neither grateful, nor prudent, to hazard disobliging the Gentlemen at the Mitre, among whom you have several Friends, & besides it will be always more in your power to recommend moderate measures, while you continue connected with one Party, than if you should lose yourself with both by seeming to divide yourself between them. but how far this is to be said, & to whom, you are best able to determine.
Egerton MS 2400, ff. 65-66, Manuscripts collection, British Library , London, UK <http://www.bl.uk/reshelp/bldept/manuscr/>
- 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. CXV, vol. i, 256
- 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. 193, vol. i, 411-412