Thomas Gray to Horace Walpole, [14 April 1765]
To The Honble Horace Walpole in Arlington Street London
SAFFRON WALDEN 15 AP
I exist, tho' it is but of late, that I walk again on two legs after a gentle fit of the gout, that held me for six weeks. in about a fortnight I shall be in town, but had rather not stay so long for a sight of your new edition, & should wish, if you have a copy to spare, that you would send it me hither.
Mr B:, since he was in the ministry, has taken advice of no one, but perhaps his Brother-ministers. Patriotism appears again with all its old faults on its head, even to the Dutchess of Marlborough's striped gown. don't you reckon, that there is a little flirt aim'd at you in it?
I see the BP & You are destined to come together: however I make my protestation beforehand, that I never will believe, you had an eye to the Eleusinian mysteries; or that you have demonstrated the truth of the Copernican system by making no mention of it in any part of your writings.
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