Thomas Gray to James Brown, 2 June 1767
Where are you? for I wrote to you last week to know how soon we should set out, and how we should go. Mason writes to-day, he will expect us at Aston in Whitsun-week; and has ordered all his lilacs and roses to be in flower. What can you be doing? And so as I said, shall we go in the Newcastle post-coach or the York coach? Will you choose to come to town or be taken up on the way? Or will you go all the way to Bawtry in a chaise with me and see sights? Answer me speedily. In return I will tell you that you will soon hear great news; but whether good or bad is hard to say; therefore I shall prudently tell you nothing more.
Old Pa. is still here, going to Ranelagh and the Opera. Lady Strathmore is with child, and not very well, as I hear.
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