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Thomas Gray to Horace Walpole, [August 1747]

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I came to Town the Day, that you went out of it, & am now at Stoke very hot, & very well, thank 'ye. I embrace your Invitation, & shall be glad to make you a Visit at Strawberry-Hill. the Week I leave to you; it is indifferent to me, what Time next Month it shall be: Mr Walpole & Comp: will settle it among them. you must inform me what Place on the Windsor Road is nearest Twickenham, for I am no Geographer: there I will be at the appointed Day, & from thence you must fetch me.

Nicolini with a whole Coach-full of the Chattichees has been at Cambridge in an Equipage like that of Destiny & his Comrades in the Roman Comique. they said they had been in the Meridional Parts of Great-Britain, & were now visiting the Oriental. your Friend Dr Middleton has married really a pretty kind of Woman both in Figure & Manner, wch is strange methinks.

Adieu, I am
Yours ever
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Letter ID: letters.0158 (Source: TEI/XML)


Writer: Gray, Thomas, 1716-1771
Writer's age: 30
Addressee: Walpole, Horace, 1717-1797
Addressee's age: 29


Date of composition: [August 1747]
Date (on letter): Wednesday
Calendar: Julian


Place of composition: Stoke Poges, United Kingdom


Language: English
Incipit: I came to Town the Day, that you went out of it, & am now at Stoke...
Mentioned: Scarron, Paul
Stoke Poges

Holding Institution

GBR/1058/GRA/3/4/45, 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. 165, vol. ii, 85-86
  • 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, 30-31
  • 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. 140, vol. i, 286-287