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Thomas Gray to Horace Walpole, 13 October 1757

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To The Honble Horace Walpole in Arlington Street London
15 OC

It will be three weeks or more before I can come to Town. I have had, almost eversince I was here, a much worse state of health than I have been used to, & particularly of late: they advise me to force a fit of the Gout, but methinks it is better to bear with a number of lesser maladies. I am not however at present confined by them, & therefore leave you to weigh my infirmities against your own impatience. if it won't stay, till I see you in London, & you will hazard the sending your chaise on Wednesday next, to be sure I will come, if I am able.

I begin at this distance with telling you, that tho' I admire rapidity in writing, & perseverance in finishing, being two talents that I want; yet I do not admire rapidity in printing, because this is a thing, that I or any body, can do.

I am
Yours ever
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Letter ID: letters.0287 (Source: TEI/XML)


Writer: Gray, Thomas, 1716-1771
Writer's age: 40
Addressee: Walpole, Horace, 1717-1797
Addressee's age: 40


Date of composition: 13 October 1757
Date (on letter): Oct: 13. 1757
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 in Arlington Street London (postmark: 15 OC)


Language: English
Incipit: It will be three weeks or more before I can come to Town....

Holding Institution

GBR/1058/GRA/3/4/78, 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. 206, vol. ii, 173-174
  • 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, 100
  • 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. 252, vol. ii, 533-534