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Thomas Gray to William Mason, 8 December 1761

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Dear Mason

Of all loves come to Cambridge out of hand, for here is Mr Dillival & a charming set of Glasses, that sing like nightingales, & we have concerts every other night, & shall stay here this month or two, & a vast deal of good company, & a Whale in pickle just come from Ipswich. & the Man won't die, & Mr Wood is gone to Chatsworth, & there is no body but you, & Tom , & the curl'd Dog, and don't talk of the charge, for we will make a subscription: besides we know, you always come, when you have a mind.

Letter ID: letters.0402 (Source: TEI/XML)


Writer: Gray, Thomas, 1716-1771
Writer's age: 45
Addressee: Mason, William, 1724-1797
Addressee's age: 37


Date of composition: 8 December 1761
Date (on letter): Dec: 8. 1761
Calendar: Gregorian


Place of composition: Cambridge, United Kingdom
Address (on letter): Pemb: Hall


Language: English
Incipit: Of all loves come to Cambridge out of hand, for here is Mr Dillival...
Mentioned: Cambridge

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 LXXIII, 283-284
  • 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. CCXXXV, vol. ii, 246-247
  • 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. 351, vol. ii, 766