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Richard Hurd to Thomas Gray, [c. April 1757]

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to Mr Gray of Pembroke

Dear Sir,

You want amusement at this time. I therefore take the liberty to inclose a translation of Aristotle's Ode, which I have thought of printing in the notes on Horace. In the main it reads easily enough; but you will tell me what it wants of being to your mind. Mr Nevile was so good as to turn it for me, and I know will take a pleasure to correct it according to any hints you shall give him. I need not say that the Original is in Diog. Laertius and in the 15th book, I think, of the Athenaeus.

Dear Sir,
Your faithful humble Servant
R. Hurd
Letter ID: letters.0270 (Source: TEI/XML)


Writer: Hurd, Richard, 1720-1808
Writer's age: 37
Addressee: Gray, Thomas, 1716-1771
Addressee's age: 40


Date of composition: [c. April 1757]
Date (on letter): Tuesday
Calendar: Gregorian


Place of composition: Cambridge, United Kingdom
Address (on letter): Emman[uel College].
Place of addressee: Cambridge, United Kingdom

Physical description

Addressed: to Mr Gray of Pembroke


Language: English
Incipit: You want amusement at this time. I therefore take the liberty to inclose...
Mentioned: Aristotle
Diogenes Laertius
Nevile, Thomas

Holding Institution

Hurd Library, Hartlebury Castle , Hartlebury, UK <>
Availability: The original letter is extant, but there is no further information about its availability

Print Versions

  • The Correspondence of Richard Hurd & William Mason. And letters of Richard Hurd to Thomas Gray. With introduction & notes by the late Ernest Harold Pearce. Ed. with additional notes by Leonard Whibley. Cambridge: University Press, 1932, 35-36
  • 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. 237*, vol. ii, 500-501