Thomas Gray to Richard Farmer, [12 April 1770]
Mr Gray returns Mr Farmer's Books, with many Thanks. The MS. Letters would be of some Value, if the Transcriber had better understood what he was about: but there are so many words mistaken, so many omitted, that the Sense can often only be made out by Conjecture.
Does not recollect that they have been printed in any of the Collections: but thinks he has seen several of them (the Originals) in the Harleian Library. Lord Herbert plainly had seen them, & (as far as they goe) has made them the Foundation of his History. They serve to shew, as he says, That the Cardinal, in his Dispatches was more copious than eloquent.
The Instructions to Tunstall & Wingfield, after the Battle of Pavia, & the King's Directions after he had signed the Peace with Francis, are most remarkable.
W.b.487, no. 5, Folger Shakespeare Library , Washington, D.C., USA <http://www.folger.edu/>
- Bibliotheca Farmeriana. A catalogue of the curious, valuable and extensive library, in print and manuscript, of the late Revd. Richard Farmer, ... Which will be sold by auction, ... by Mr. King, ... on Monday, May 7, 1798, ... London: Thomas King, 1798, part of Lot 8102
- 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. CCCLX, vol. iii, 273-274
- 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. 516, vol. iii, 1119-1120