Thomas Gray to Thomas Wharton, 17 April 1757
Dr Thomas Wharton MD
in King's-Arms Yard
If I did not immediately answer your kind enquiry, you will attribute it to the visit, wch I was obliged to do the honours of for two or three days, & wch is now over. I find nothing new to add to my uneasiness here; on the contrary it is considerably abated, & quiet, I hope, is gradually returning. I am extremely glad to hear your country residence promises so well, & has been so serviceable to Mrs. Wharton already.
You desire to know how I like my visit. Lord N: is a sensible well-bred young Man, a little too fine even for me, who love a little finery: he never will be popular, & it is well, if he be not very much hated. his party were Lord Villers, & Mr Spencer, but I did not see a great deal of them. Ld John has been with me all this morning. the D: of Bedford is now here to settle his Son at Trinity, & Mr Rigby is come to assist him with his advice.
Egerton MS 2400, ff. 104-105, Manuscripts collection, British Library , London, UK <http://www.bl.uk/reshelp/bldept/manuscr/>
- The Works of Thomas Gray, 2 vols. Ed. by John Mitford. London: J. Mawman, 1816, section IV, letter LVII, vol. ii, 280-281
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- 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. 236, vol. ii, 497-498