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Thomas Gray to Horace Walpole, 28 March 1746

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The Honble Horace Walpole Esq
at his House in Arlington-Street

Dear Sr

I have expected some time what You tell me. if T: can be prevail'd upon to stay away it is all I desire: for he is mistaken in imagineing that will leave still an Equality among the Fellows. it is all an idle Tale the Master for his own Interest would propagate about the Party of his Antagonists. whatever some of the People who give us their Vote may have been I may confidently affirm no one so young as my Friend can be more rationally & zealously well-affected to the Government than he. the Hurry I write in does not permit to return you the Thanks I ought for your stedfastness & resolution in obligeing me.

I am Yours sincerely
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Letter ID: letters.0136 (Source: TEI/XML)


Writer: Gray, Thomas, 1716-1771
Writer's age: 29
Addressee: Walpole, Horace, 1717-1797
Addressee's age: 28


Date of composition: 28 March 1746
Date (on letter): [Mar 28]
Calendar: Julian


Place of composition: [Cambridge, United Kingdom]
Place of addressee: London, United Kingdom

Physical description

Addressed: To / The Honble Horace Walpole Esq / at his House in Arlington-Street / Westminster (postmark: ROYSTON 29 MR)


Language: English
Incipit: I have expected some time what You tell me....

Holding Institution

GBR/1058/GRA/3/4/40, College Library, Pembroke College, Cambridge , Cambridge, UK <>
Availability: The original letter is extant and usually available for academic research purposes

Print Versions

  • The Correspondence of Gray, Walpole, West and Ashton (1734-1771), 2 vols. Chronologically arranged and edited with introduction, notes, and index by Paget Toynbee. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1915, letter no. 155, vol. ii, 53-54
  • The Yale Edition of Horace Walpole's Correspondence. Ed. by W. S. Lewis. New Haven, Conn.: Yale UP; London: Oxford UP, 1937-83, vols. 13/14: Horace Walpole's Correspondence with Thomas Gray, Richard West and Thomas Ashton i, 1734-42, Horace Walpole's Correspondence with Thomas Gray ii, 1745-71, ed. by W. S. Lewis, George L. Lam and Charles H. Bennett, 1948, vol. ii, 4
  • 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. 118, vol. i, 230-231