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Thomas Gray to Thomas Wharton, 14 July 1753

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Dr Thomas Wharton M:D:
By Caxton-Bay

My dear Doctr

This is only to tell you, that we set out on Monday-Morning, & shall travel leisurely, not by the direct road, for we intend to see several houses & places, as we go; on Thursday we shall see York, & next morning as early as we can (certainly before ten o'clock) shall hope to meet you at Studley. you will understand all this with Arch-Bishop Potter's Proviso, God willing, & provided nothing hinder, for if we are overturn'd, & tous fracass├ęs, or if the Mob at Leeds cut us off, as friends to Turnpikes; or if the Waters be out, & drown us; or (as Herodotus says) if we can go no farther for feathers, in all these cases, & many more, we may chance to fail you. my respects to Mrs Wharton,

I am ever
Letter ID: letters.0207 (Source: TEI/XML)


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


Date of composition: 14 July 1753
Date (on letter): Saturday, July 14. 1753
Calendar: Gregorian


Place of composition: Cambridge, United Kingdom
Address (on letter): Cambridge
Place of addressee: Durham, United Kingdom

Physical description

Form/Extent: A.L.S.; 1 page, 204 mm x 164 mm
Addressed: To / Dr Thomas Wharton M:D: / at / Durham / By Caxton-Bay (postmark: CAMBRIDGE)


Language: English
Incipit: This is only to tell you, that we set out on Monday-Morning, & shall travel...
Mentioned: Herodotus

Holding Institution

Egerton MS 2400, ff. 54-55, 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 XXXIX, vol. ii, 238
  • The Works of Thomas Gray, 5 vols. Ed. by John Mitford. London: W. Pickering, 1835-1843, section IV, letter XLVI, vol. iii, 110-111
  • 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. CV, vol. i, 233-235
  • 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. 178, vol. i, 378-379