Thomas Gray to Norton Nicholls, 27 August 1768
To The Revd Mr Nicholls at Blundeston near Leostoff Suffolk
27 Aug: 1768.
I hope in God, before now you have given Mr Barrett his answer. I always supposed you would refuse, & told him so: yet as he does not write to me, I much doubt whether you have acquainted him of it. why, did not I desire you to do so out of hand? & did not I make my civilities to Mrs. Nicholls? 'tis sure I intended both one & the other: but you never allow for business: why, I am selling an estate, & over head & ears in writings.
Next week I come to Cambridge. pray let me find a letter from you there, telling me the way to Lovingland: for thither I come, as soon as I have been sworn in, & subscribed, & been at Church. poor Mr Spence was found drown'd in his own garden at Byfield: probably (being paralytic) he fell into the water, & had no one near to help him: so History has lost two of her chief supports almost at once. let us pray for their Successors! his Danish Majesty has had a Diarrhæa, so could not partake of Dr Marriot's collation: if he goes thither at all, I would contrive not to be present at the time.
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- 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. CCCXXXV, vol. iii, 208
- 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. 485, vol. iii, 1045