Thomas Gray to James Brown, 25 October 1760
The Revd Mr Brown, President
You will wonder at another letter so soon. it is only to tell you, what you will probably hear before this letter reaches you.
The King is dead. he rose this morning about six (his usual early hour) in perfect health, & had his chocolate .. between seven & eight an unaccountable noise was heard in his chamber: they ran in, & found him lying on the floor; he was directly bloodied, & a few drops came from him, but he instantly expired.
This event happens at an unlucky time, but (I should think) will make little alteration in publick measures.
I am rather glad of the alteration with regard to Chambers for a reason, wch you will guess at.
My Service to Pa:; I will write to him soon, & long to see his Manuscripts, & blew books, & precipices.
- 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 LVIII, 226-227
- 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. CCXI, vol. ii, 173
- 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. 323, vol. ii, 708