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Thomas Gray to Mrs. (Elizabeth) Antrobus, 8 September 1759

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I am glad to hear from Molly today, that there is no particular charge against you in your office, for if it is only the greediness of the Corporation, I will think it will be easily disappointed, the assurance Mr Shelvocke has given you, that you are secure weighs much with me: so much, that I doubt it was hardly necessary to speak to Ld Besborough on that head, for to petition before one is accused of any thing, may appear as if we were conscious of having done somewhat amiss: however my Letter is gone, & can not be recalled, if it is unne[cessary] so much the better.

I believe & hope, you may continue ve[ry sure] on this head. let it only caution you to see the bus[iness] of your office diligently executed, & to avoid even the least occasion of complaint, and then you have little to fear.

I am Madm,
Your Friend & Servant
T. G.

My love to the Girls. pray tell Molly, I expect to hear from her again soon. she must direct At Mr Jauncey's in Southampton Row, Bloomsbury.

Letter ID: letters.0642 (Source: TEI/XML)


Writer: Gray, Thomas, 1716-1771
Writer's age: 42
Addressee: Antrobus, Mrs. (Elizabeth), 1709-1773
Addressee's age: 50[?]


Date of composition: 8 September 1759
Date (on letter): Sept: 8. 1759
Calendar: Gregorian


Place of composition: [London, United Kingdom]

Physical description

Form/Extent: A.L.S.


Language: English
Incipit: I am glad to hear from Molly today, that there is no particular charge...
Mentioned: Antrobus, Mary, b. 1732

Holding Institution

Charles A. Brown Collection of Autographs and Manuscripts, Rush Rhees Library, University of Rochester Libraries , Rochester, NY, USA <>
Availability: The original letter is extant, but there is no further information about its availability

Print Versions

  • 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. 302, vol. iii, 1319-1320