Thomas Gray to Thomas Wharton, 21 August 1755

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Letter ID: letters.0236 (Source: TEI/XML)


Writer: Gray, Thomas, 1716-1771 [i]
Writer's age: 38
Addressee: Wharton, Thomas, 1717-1794 [i]
Addressee's age: 38[?]


Date of composition: 21 August 1755 [i]
Date (on letter): Aug: 21. 1755
Calendar: Gregorian


Place of composition: Stoke Poges, United Kingdom [i]
Address (on letter): Stoke

Physical description

Form/Extent: A.L.S.; 2 pages, 204 mm x 163 mm
Address panel: To / Dr Thomas Wharton M:D: / in Kings-Arms Yard Coleman / Street / London (postmark: 22 AV)


Language: English
Incipit: Instead of going to Twickenham I was obliged to send my excuses, & the same...
Mentioned: Stonhewer, Richard, 1728-1809 [i]
Walpole, Horace, 1717-1797 [i]

Holding Institution

Egerton MS 2400, ff. 73-74, Manuscripts collection, British Library [i], London, UK <>
Availability: The original letter is extant and usually available for academic research purposes

Print Versions

  • The Poems of Mr. Gray. To which are prefixed Memoirs of his Life and Writings by W[illiam]. Mason. York: printed by A. Ward; and sold by J. Dodsley, London; and J. Todd, York, 1775, letter xxiii, section iv, 244 - view pages
  • The Works of Thomas Gray, 2 vols. Ed. by John Mitford. London: J. Mawman, 1816, section IV, letter XLVIII, vol. ii, 258-263 - view pages
  • The Letters of Thomas Gray, 2 vols. in one. London: J. Sharpe, 1819, letter XCI, vol. ii, 10-11 - view pages
  • The Works of Thomas Gray, 5 vols. Ed. by John Mitford. London: W. Pickering, 1835-1843, section IV, letter LVI, vol. iii, 134-139 - view pages
  • 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. CXXIII, vol. i, 271-275 - view pages
  • Essays and Criticisms by Thomas Gray. Ed. with Introduction and Notes by Clark Sutherland Northup. Boston and London: D. C. Heath & Co., 1911, letter excerpt, 179-183 - view pages
  • 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. 205, vol. i, 433-434 - view pages