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Thomas Gray to Mary Antrobus, May 1767

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Dear Mary

The note I inclose to you is for money lent by poor Graves, while he lived with me, to a pot-companion of his. we look'd upon it long as a desperate debt, but of late have learn'd, that the Man is set up in a way of business, & very capable of paying it. the reason I trouble you with it is this. your Cousin T: Hide has several times mention'd it to my Servant Stephen, & was so obliging to offer his assistance in getting the money. if he will really give himself that trouble, it will be a deed of charity, & I should be very glad of his success. you will take care of the note, wch is already torn & tatter'd with age: if any little expence is incur'd, Graves will gladly satisfy it out of the money, & be very thankful.

My shirts begin exceedingly to want company, wch (I hope) they may shortly expect, & I as much want to get into the North. when you send them, you will please to add a bill of my debts to you, & insert the expence you were at for what you bought the morning I set out for Hadham: and I will send the money, & thank you. I know not, whether Dolly will want any farther intelligence from me, before I go. if she does, let her tell me soon. she has already an account of the rents of Hand-Alley; a state of the case with regard to the Conveyance, wch Worlidge ought to have got ready & sign'd; & the Extract from Mrs Rogers's Will. I would wish to send her an account of the Taxes, but have it not perfect myself. in the mean time I send her, what appears from the last account (turn over). you will give my service to your Mamma, & love to Dolly.

I am sincerely
T G:
1. Tho: Tilson (has a Lease, & pays the Taxes himself) £  .  .  S  .  .  D:
2. Hurst.
3. Tho: Abbis.
4. Mrs Humphreys 0 - - 12 - - 0
5. West 0 - - 14 - - 0
6. Crack
7. Mrs Burgess 0 - - 10 - - 0
8. Terry (will pay no rent, nor quit the house)
9. Leach 0 - - 10 - - 0
10. Davis 0 - - 10 - - 0
11. Munt, for his house, & stable-yard, has no lease, but pays taxes himself
12. Hatton (no house, but a saw-yard)
13. Mrs Richardson (has a Lease) 2 - - 0 - - 0

They all (I think) are allow'd the Tax, except Tilson, Munt, & Hatton, but in some cases I really do not know to what it amounts. observe, that what I set down belongs to Mrs Olliffe & myself jointly: so that you are only to reckon the half of it, as deducted from your part of the rents. the bills brought in by the Workmen amount in the whole (Mr Eyres included) to about 105£.

Letter ID: letters.0495 (Source: TEI/XML)


Writer: Gray, Thomas, 1716-1771
Writer's age: 50
Addressee: Antrobus, Mary, b. 1732
Addressee's age: 35[?]


Date of composition: May 1767
Date (on letter): May .. 1767
Calendar: Gregorian


Place of composition: London, United Kingdom
Address (on letter): Jermyn-Street


Language: English
Incipit: The note I inclose to you is for money lent by poor Graves, while he lived...
Mentioned: Hadham

Holding Institution

Rosenbach Museum & Library , Philadelphia, PA, USA <>
Availability: The original letter is extant and usually available for academic research purposes; a photostat is in MS. Toynbee c.2, Bodleian Library, Oxford

Print Versions

  • 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. 439, vol. iii, 954-956