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Thomas Gray to William Mason, 6 March 1763

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Dear Mason

I should be glad to know, at what time you think of returning into the North, because I am obliged to be in town the end of this month, or the beginning of the next, & hope somewhere or other to coincide with you, if the waters are not too much out. I shall trouble you, in case you have any call into the City (or if not, your Servant may do it) to pay the insurance of a house for me at the London-Assurance Office in Birchin-Lane. you will shew them the receipt, wch I here inclose, pay twelve shillings, & take another such receipt stamp'd, which must be to 25 March, 1764.

You may remember, that I subscribed long since to Stuart's book of Attica; so long since, that I have either lost or mislaid his receipt (wch I find is the case of many more people) now he doubtless has a list of names, & knows this to be true. if therefore he be an honest Man, he will take two guineas of you, & let me have my copy (and you will chuse a good impression) if not, so much the worse for him. by way of douceur you may, if you please (provided the subscription is still open at its first price) take another for Pembroke-Hall, & send them down together: but not unless he will let me have mine; & so the worshipful Society authorise me to say. all these disbursements the College & I will repay you with many thanks.

Where is your just volume, & when will you have done correcting it? remember me to Stonhewer, & Dr Gisburne, & believe me ever

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Letter ID: letters.0421 (Source: TEI/XML)


Writer: Gray, Thomas, 1716-1771
Writer's age: 46
Addressee: Mason, William, 1724-1797
Addressee's age: 39


Date of composition: 6 March 1763
Date (on letter): March 6. 1763
Calendar: Gregorian


Place of composition: [Cambridge, United Kingdom]


Language: English
Incipit: I should be glad to know, at what time you think of returning into the North,...
Mentioned: Cambridge
Mason, William, 1724-1797
Stonhewer, Richard, 1728-1809
Stuart, James

Holding Institution

Henry W. And Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature, Humanities and Social Sciences Library, New York Public Library , New York, NY, USA <>
Availability: The original letter is extant and usually available for academic research purposes

Print Versions

  • The Correspondence of Thomas Gray and William Mason, with Letters to the Rev. James Brown, D.D. Ed. by the Rev. John Mitford. London: Richard Bentley, 1853, letter LXXXI, 306-307
  • 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. CCL, vol. iii, 9-10
  • 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. 368, vol. ii, 798-799