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Thomas Gray to Horace Walpole, 11 February 1762

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I have been in impatience eversince I saw your advertisement, & should have reminded you of your promise, had I not believed you would not forget me. I beg my copy may not be sewed (or at least not bound) because I intend to interleave it.

The Fly sets out for Cambridge every day from the Queens-Head in Gray's Inn Lane, & I am afraid there is no other conveyance, that comes from any place nearer to your house.

I am
Yours ever
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Letter ID: letters.0408 (Source: TEI/XML)


Writer: Gray, Thomas, 1716-1771
Writer's age: 45
Addressee: Walpole, Horace, 1717-1797
Addressee's age: 44


Date of composition: 11 February 1762
Date (on letter): Thursday. Feb: 11. 1762
Calendar: Gregorian


Place of composition: [Cambridge, United Kingdom]


Language: English
Incipit: I have been in impatience eversince I saw your advertisement, & should have...
Mentioned: Walpole, Horace, 1717-1797

Holding Institution

GBR/1058/GRA/3/4/86, 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. 219, vol. ii, 209-210
  • 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, 119-121
  • 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. 355, vol. ii, 774