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Thomas Gray to Horace Walpole, [14 February 1759]

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To The Honble Horace Walpole

I have been confined at home for this last fortnight with a fit of the Gout, & was but just got out again in a great shoe, when I call'd on you. I go to Cambridge early tomorrow morning, & can not (I'm afraid) today have it in my power to see you. if you will write to me, I shall be glad. early in March I must of necessity be again in Town.

I am

The Dean of Lincoln (Dr Green) who is Master of Benet College, Camb:, offers his service with great civility, if you chuse to have any letter or paper in their Library (wch, you know, abounds) transcribed for you.

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Letter ID: letters.0334 (Source: TEI/XML)


Writer: Gray, Thomas, 1716-1771
Writer's age: 42
Addressee: Walpole, Horace, 1717-1797
Addressee's age: 41


Date of composition: [14 February 1759]
Date (on letter): Wednesday. Feb: 14
Calendar: Gregorian


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

Physical description

Addressed: To The Honble Horace Walpole


Language: English
Incipit: I have been confined at home for this last fortnight with a fit of the Gout,...
Mentioned: Cambridge

Holding Institution

GBR/1058/GRA/3/4/82, College Library, Pembroke College, Cambridge , Cambridge, UK <>
Availability: The original letter is extant and usually available for academic research purposes

Print Versions

  • The Correspondence of Gray, Walpole, West and Ashton (1734-1771), 2 vols. Chronologically arranged and edited with introduction, notes, and index by Paget Toynbee. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1915, letter no. 210, vol. ii, 178-179
  • The Yale Edition of Horace Walpole's Correspondence. Ed. by W. S. Lewis. New Haven, Conn.: Yale UP; London: Oxford UP, 1937-83, vols. 13/14: Horace Walpole's Correspondence with Thomas Gray, Richard West and Thomas Ashton i, 1734-42, Horace Walpole's Correspondence with Thomas Gray ii, 1745-71, ed. by W. S. Lewis, George L. Lam and Charles H. Bennett, 1948, vol. ii, 103
  • 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. 289, vol. ii, 614