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Thomas Gray to Thomas Percy, [c. 2 September 1761]

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Mr Gray presents his compliments to Mr Piercy & is very sorry for the mistake he has made. concluded that he was lodged at Maudlin, & therefore sent the book this morning to Mr Blakeway's Chambers, where he imagined Mr Piercy to be.

The Messenger is a little in liquor, therefore have a care of sending him to fetch it. the letter* was in the book, wch Mr Gray thought was deliver'd to Mr P: own hands

Letter ID: letters.0391 (Source: TEI/XML)


Writer: Gray, Thomas, 1716-1771
Writer's age: 44
Addressee: Percy, Thomas, 1729-1811
Addressee's age: 32


Date of composition: [c. 2 September 1761]
Calendar: Gregorian


Place of composition: [Cambridge, United Kingdom]

Physical description

Form/Extent: A.L.; 1 page, 105 mm x 160 mm


Language: English
Incipit: Mr Gray presents his compliments to Mr Piercy & is very sorry...
Mentioned: Cambridge
Evans, Evan
Farmer, Richard, 1735-1797
Percy, Thomas, 1729-1811

Holding Institution

Add. MSS 32329, f. 1, Manuscripts collection, British Library , London, UK <>
Availability: The original letter is extant and usually available for academic research purposes

Print Versions

  • Gray and his Friends: Letters and Relics, in great part hitherto unpublished. Ed. by Duncan C. Tovey. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1890, section IV, 190
  • 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. CCXXVI, vol. ii, 223-224
  • 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. 340, vol. ii, 746-747