Skip main navigation

William Mason to Thomas Gray, 28 November 1760

Back to Letters page

Dear Mr Gray

I send you the Elegy, You will find I have alterd all the things you mark'd and some perhaps I have improvd. Mr Wood thinks the conclusion equal enough to the rest, therefore I have venturd to send a Copy to Lord Holdernesse. But I hope to have your scratches upon that part also soon. I wish you would let your Servant take a Copy and send it to Mr Brown to whom I talked about it. When I was at Cambridge I saw a great deal of Onley, & am very sanguine in my hopes that his Pupillage will not turn out ill. Dr Axton came down when I was there & entertaind us much with his Beaver & Camblet surtout. Do write to me soon & promise yourself that Ill be as regular a Correspondent for the future as I have always been

Your sincere friend
Letter ID: letters.0376 (Source: TEI/XML)


Writer: Mason, William, 1724-1797
Writer's age: 36
Addressee: Gray, Thomas, 1716-1771
Addressee's age: 43


Date of composition: 28 November 1760
Date (on letter): Nov: 28th -60
Calendar: Gregorian


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


Language: English
Incipit: I send you the Elegy, You will find I have alterd all the things you...
Mentioned: Brown, James, 1709-1784
Mason, William, 1724-1797

Holding Institution

Henry W. And Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature, Humanities and Social Sciences Library, New York Public Library , New York, NY, USA <>
Availability: The original letter is extant and usually available for academic research purposes

Print Versions

  • The Correspondence of Thomas Gray and William Mason, with Letters to the Rev. James Brown, D.D. Ed. by the Rev. John Mitford. London: Richard Bentley, 1853, letter LX, 230-231
  • 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. CCXIII, vol. ii, 177-178
  • 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. 326, vol. ii, 712-713