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Thomas Gray to Horace Walpole, 14 August 1755

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The Honble Horace Walpole Esq
in Arlington Street
15 AV

When you name a Fever & Rash in the middle of August, I can not but enquire (as soon as I am able) what you are doing to get rid of them, & how you are, since I heard from you. I do not at all expect an answer from yourself; but should be much obliged to you, if you would order Harry or Louis to write me a line of information. I myself am a little better & a little worse for my advice. the heats I felt in a morning are abated, if not gone; and in their room I have got the head-ach, wch with me is a very unusual thing. Adieu! I hope to hear a better account of you.

I am ever
T G:

If you easily get rid of your fever; pray, do not think of going so soon near the coast of Essex.

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Letter ID: letters.0233 (Source: TEI/XML)


Writer: Gray, Thomas, 1716-1771
Writer's age: 38
Addressee: Walpole, Horace, 1717-1797
Addressee's age: 37


Date of composition: 14 August 1755
Date (on letter): Aug. 14. 1755
Calendar: Gregorian


Place of composition: Stoke Poges, United Kingdom
Address (on letter): Stoke
Place of addressee: [London, United Kingdom]

Physical description

Addressed: To / The Honble Horace Walpole Esq / in Arlington Street / London (postmark: 15 AV)


Language: English
Incipit: When you name a Fever & Rash in the middle of August, I can not but...
Mentioned: Essex

Holding Institution

GBR/1058/GRA/3/4/67, 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. 193, vol. ii, 152-153
  • 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, 85
  • 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. 202, vol. i, 430