Thomas Gray to Thomas Wharton, 21 June 1767
Dr Wharton at Old-Park
Here we are, Mr Brown & I, in a wilderness of sweets, an Elysium among the coal-pits, a terrestrial heaven. mind, it is not I, but Mason, that says all this, & bids me tell it you. tomorrow we visit Dovedale & the Wonders of the Peak, the Monday following we go to York to reside, & two or three days after set out for Old-Park, where I shall remain upon your hands; & Mr Brown about the time of Durham-races must go on to Gibside, & for ought I know to Glamis: Mason remains tied down to his Minster for half a year. he & Mr B: desire their best compliments to you & Mrs Wharton.
I am ever Yours,
Mr. B: owns the pleasantest day he ever past was yesterday at Roche-Abbey. it is indeed divine.
Brown, James, 1709-1784
Mason, William, 1724-1797
Egerton MS 2400, ff. 176-177, Manuscripts collection, British Library , London, UK <http://www.bl.uk/reshelp/bldept/manuscr/>
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