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Thomas Gray to Thomas Wharton, [15 March 1753]

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My dear Wharton I judge by this time you are in town. the reason that I thought would have deprived me of the pleasure of seeing you is now at an end. my poor Mother, after a long & painful Struggle for life, expired on Sunday morning. when I have seen her buried, I shall come to London, & it will be a particular satisfaction to me to find you there. if you can procure me a tolerable lodging near you, be so good (if you can conveniently) to let me know the night you receive this; if not, I shall go to my old Landlord in Jermyn Street. I believe, I shall come on Tuesday, & stay a few days, for I must return hither to pay my Aunt her Arrears, wch she will demand with great Exactness.

Adieu, dear Sr, I am
Ever yours,

To me, at Mrs Rogers's of Stoke, near Windsor Bucks.

Letter ID: letters.0205 (Source: TEI/XML)


Writer: Gray, Thomas, 1716-1771
Writer's age: 36
Addressee: Wharton, Thomas, 1717-1794
Addressee's age: 36[?]


Date of composition: [15 March 1753]
Date (on letter): March 15
Calendar: Gregorian


Place of composition: Stoke Poges, United Kingdom
Address (on letter): Stoke

Physical description

Form/Extent: A.L.S.; 1 page, 218 mm x 184 mm


Language: English
Incipit: I judge by this time you are in town. the reason that I thought...
Mentioned: Gray, Mrs. (Dorothy), 1685-1753

Holding Institution

Egerton MS 2400, f. 51, Manuscripts collection, British Library , London, UK <>
Availability: The original letter is extant and usually available for academic research purposes

Print Versions

  • The Works of Thomas Gray, 2 vols. Ed. by John Mitford. London: J. Mawman, 1816, section IV, letter XXXVII, vol. ii, 235-236
  • The Works of Thomas Gray, 5 vols. Ed. by John Mitford. London: W. Pickering, 1835-1843, section IV, letter XLIV, vol. iii, 107-108
  • 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. CIII, vol. i, 231-232
  • 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. 176, vol. i, 375-376