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Thomas Gray to James Brown, [13 June 1761]

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Dear Sir

This is to inform you that I hope to see you on Monday night at Cambridge. If Fobus will come, I cannot help it. I must go and see somebody during that week – no matter where. Pray let Bleek make an universal rummage of cobwebs, and massacre all spiders, old and young, that live behind window-shutters and books. As to airing, I hear Dick Forrester has done it. Mason is at Prior Park, so I can say nothing of him. The stocks fell, I believe, in consequence of your prayers, for there was no other reason.

Adieu. – I am ever yours,
T. G.
Letter ID: letters.0386 (Source: TEI/XML)


Writer: Gray, Thomas, 1716-1771
Writer's age: 44
Addressee: Brown, James, 1709-1784
Addressee's age: 52[?]


Date of composition: [13 June 1761]
Date (on letter): Saturday
Calendar: Gregorian


Place of composition: [London, United Kingdom]


Language: English
Incipit: This is to inform you that I hope to see you on Monday night at Cambridge....
Mentioned: Cambridge
Mason, William, 1724-1797
Prior Park
Wharton, Thomas, 1717-1794

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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 LV, 215
  • 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. CCVI, vol. ii, 159
  • 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. 335, vol. ii, 739-740