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Thomas Gray to Thomas Wharton, 17 July 1769

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Thomas Wharton Esq of
Old-Park near Darlington
to be left at

Dear Doctor

Mason being in residence at York, I lay aside my first design of going obliquely to Aston, & thence to Keswick; & set out with Mr Brown tomorrow the common northern road. we shall probably pass two or three days at York, & then come to Old-Park. about the end of August we may cross the Apennine, & visit M: Skiddaw, when Mason may accompany or meet us on our way, & so you drop me there to find my way thro' the deserts of Lancashire in my return homewards.

I am so fat, that I have suffer'd more from heat this last fortnight, than ever I did in Italy. the Thermom: usually at 75, & (in the sun) at 116. my respects to Mrs Wh: & the family.

I am ever
T G:
Letter ID: letters.0561 (Source: TEI/XML)


Writer: Gray, Thomas, 1716-1771
Writer's age: 52
Addressee: Wharton, Thomas, 1717-1794
Addressee's age: 52[?]


Date of composition: 17 July 1769
Date (on letter): 17 July 1769
Calendar: Gregorian


Place of composition: Cambridge, United Kingdom
Address (on letter): Pemb: Coll:
Place of addressee: Durham, United Kingdom

Physical description

Form/Extent: A.L.S.; 1 page, 222 mm x 182 mm
Addressed: To / Thomas Wharton Esq of / Old-Park near Darlington / Durham / to be left at / Sunderland-Bridge (postmark: CAMBRIDGE)


Language: English
Incipit: Mason being in residence in at York, I lay aside my first design of going...
Mentioned: Aston
Brown, James, 1709-1784
Mason, William, 1724-1797
Old Park

Holding Institution

Egerton MS 2400, ff. 189-190, Manuscripts collection, British Library , London, UK <>
Availability: The original letter is extant and usually available for academic research purposes

Print Versions

  • The Works of Thomas Gray, 2 vols. Ed. by John Mitford. London: J. Mawman, 1816, section V, letter V, vol. ii, 518
  • The Works of Thomas Gray, 5 vols. Ed. by John Mitford. London: W. Pickering, 1835-1843, section V, letter VI, vol. iv, 139-142
  • 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. CCCXLIX, vol. iii, 230
  • 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. 502, vol. iii, 1072-1073