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Thomas Gray to Thomas Wharton, 17 February 1757

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To
Dr Thomas Wharton M:D:
in King's Arms Yard
Coleman Street
London
18 FE

Dear Doctor

I can not help thanking you for your kind letter, tho' I have nothing essential to inform you of in return. Ld S: & his brother are come back, & in some measure rid me of my apprehensions for the College. S:l is gone to Town, but (as he assures me) not to stay above a week. you advise me to be happy, & would to God it depended upon your wishes. a part of what I imagined, has already happen'd here, tho' not in the way I expected. in a way indeed, that confutes itself, & therefore (as I am told) makes no impression on the hearers. but I will not answer for the truth of this: at least such, as are strangers to me, may be influenced by it. however tho' I know the quarter, whence it comes, I can not interpose at present, lest I make the matter worse. judge you of my happiness, may yours never meet with any cloud or interruption.

Adieu! I beg you to write to me.
Letter ID: letters.0265 (Source: TEI/XML)

Correspondents

Writer: Gray, Thomas, 1716-1771 [i]
Writer's age: 40
Addressee: Wharton, Thomas, 1717-1794 [i]
Addressee's age: 40[?]

Dates

Date of composition: 17 February 1757 [i]
Date (on letter): Feb: 17. 1757
Calendar: Gregorian

Places

Place of composition: [Cambridge, United Kingdom] [i]
Place of addressee: [London, United Kingdom] [i]

Physical description

Form/Extent: A.L.; 1 page, 200 mm x 163 mm
Addressed: To / Dr Thomas Wharton M:D: / in King's Arms Yard / Coleman Street / London (postmark: 18 FE)

Content

Language: English
Incipit: I can not help thanking you for your kind letter, tho' I have nothing...

Holding Institution

Location:
(confirmed)
Egerton MS 2400, ff. 90-91, Manuscripts collection, British Library [i], London, UK <http://www.bl.uk/reshelp/bldept/manuscr/>
Availability: The original letter is extant and usually available for academic research purposes

Print Versions

  • The Works of Thomas Gray, 2 vols. Ed. by John Mitford. London: J. Mawman, 1816, section IV, letter LVI, vol. ii, 279-280 - view pages
  • The Works of Thomas Gray, 5 vols. Ed. by John Mitford. London: W. Pickering, 1835-1843, section IV, letter LXIV, vol. iii, 157-158 - 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. CXXXVII, vol. i, 327-328 - 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. 233, vol. ii, 495 - view pages