Thomas Gray to Horace Walpole, 11 July 1757
I will not give you the trouble of sending your chaise for me. I intend to be with you on Wednesday in the evening. If the press stands still all this time for me, to be sure it is dead in child-bed.
I do not love notes, though you see I had resolved to put two or three. They are signs of weakness and obscurity. If a thing cannot be understood without them, it had better be not understood at all. If you will be vulgar, and pronounce it Lunnun, instead of London, I can't help it. Caradoc I have private reasons against; and besides it is in reality Carādoc, and will not stand in the verse.
I rejoice you can fill all your vuides. the Maintenon could not, and that was her great misfortune. Seriously though, I congratulate you on your happiness, and seem to understand it. The receipt is obvious: it is only, Have something to do; but how few can apply it! –
I am ever yours,
Dodsley, Robert, 1703-1764
Maintenon, Mme de
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