Thomas Gray to Horace Walpole, 13 October 1757
To The Honble Horace Walpole in Arlington Street London
It will be three weeks or more before I can come to Town. I have had, almost eversince I was here, a much worse state of health than I have been used to, & particularly of late: they advise me to force a fit of the Gout, but methinks it is better to bear with a number of lesser maladies. I am not however at present confined by them, & therefore leave you to weigh my infirmities against your own impatience. if it won't stay, till I see you in London, & you will hazard the sending your chaise on Wednesday next, to be sure I will come, if I am able.
I begin at this distance with telling you, that tho' I admire rapidity in writing, & perseverance in finishing, being two talents that I want; yet I do not admire rapidity in printing, because this is a thing, that I or any body, can do.
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