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Thomas Gray to Horace Walpole, 26 May 1769

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To The Honble Horace Walpole in Arlington Street London
27 MA

Old Cole lives at Water-Beach near the road from Cambridge to Ely: but I believe, you had best send the book to me, & I will take care it shall be deliver'd to him. I have not seen it yet, but propose to buy it on your recommendation. if it has a hundrdth part of Linnæus's merit, it must be divine! what the title means, I do not conceive.

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Letter ID: letters.0554 (Source: TEI/XML)

Correspondents

Writer: Gray, Thomas, 1716-1771
Writer's age: 52
Addressee: Walpole, Horace, 1717-1797
Addressee's age: 51

Dates

Date of composition: 26 May 1769
Date (on letter): 26 May. 1769
Calendar: Gregorian

Places

Place of composition: Cambridge, United Kingdom
Address (on letter): Pembroke-Hall
Place of addressee: [London, United Kingdom]

Physical description

Addressed: To The Honble Horace Walpole in Arlington Street London (postmark: 27 MA)

Content

Language: English
Incipit: Old Cole lives at Water-Beach near the road from Cambridge to Ely:...
Mentioned: Cole, William, 1714-1782
Granger, James
Linnæus
Waterbeach

Holding Institution

Location:
(confirmed)
Class No. LC II, 90, College Library, Pembroke College, Cambridge , Cambridge, UK <http://www.pem.cam.ac.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. 245, vol. ii, 292
  • 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, 185
  • 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. 495, vol. iii, 1060-1061