Thomas Gray to William Mason, 9 October 1766
I am desired to tell you, that if you still continue to be tired of residence, or are in any way moderately ambitious, or covetous, there never was a better opportunity. the D: of G: is extremely well inclined, & you know, who is at hand to give his assistance: but the apparent channel should be your Friend, Ld H:sse, who is upon good terms. this was said to me in so friendly a way, that I could not but acquaint you of it immediately.
I have made enquiry, since I came hither on a subject, that seem'd much to take up your thoughts, & (I do assure you) find not the least grounds to give you uneasiness. it was mere distemper & nothing more.
My respects to Mrs M:
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- 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 XCIX, 362-363
- 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. CCLXXXVIII, vol. iii, 123
- 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. 428, vol. iii, 940