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Thomas Gray to James Brown, [c. 3 June 1764]

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the Revd Mr Brown
President of Pembroke Hall,
JV 7

Dear Sr

        I received Mr Talbot's letter from Bath, & hear today, that he is return'd to Cambridge. I should write to him, had I anything worth his notice, that I could tell him in a letter. I hope, he continues to feel the good effects of his journey.
        You probably know as well as I do, that the M: of Rockingham has given a considerable living, Keeton (I think, is its name) in Huntingd:n[s?] worth near 300£ a-year, tenable with his Mastership, to the V: Chancellour. it is just under the nose of Hinchinbroke & Kimbolton, & comes very a-propos in all respects. I desire to know the policy of Trinity-Hall. there are 10 fellows (not insane) that elect, and I hear 5, if not 6, of them are Candidates for the Mastership, among wch Mat. Robinson is one. Dr Calvert (I hear) has got the Chancellorship of Worcester.

        I am sorry to tell you, that the tragical story of the Prisoners in India, with those sad circumstances you saw in the Papers comes from Mr Pigot lately return'd from thence. it is true, he had his intelligence from a Black Native of the Country concerning their fate: but it is generally believed here. Clive embarks on Tuesday.
        You will oblige me in sending Sally's account (I mean the sum total) as soon as you are able, for I know not how soon I shall leave London. Nicholls tells me, you are well, & walk to Ditton.

Adieu! I am sincerely
Letter ID: letters.0643 (Source: TEI/XML)


Writer: Gray, Thomas, 1716-1771
Writer's age: 47
Addressee: Brown, James, 1709-1784
Addressee's age: 55[?]


Date of composition: [c. 3 June 1764]
Calendar: Gregorian


Place of composition: [London, United Kingdom]

Physical description

Form/Extent: A.L.; 2 pages
Addressed: To / the Revd Mr Brown / President of Pembroke Hall, / Cambridge (postmark: JV 7)


Language: English
Incipit: I received Mr Talbot's letter from Bath, & hear today, that he is...
Mentioned: Ditton
Keeton (Keyston)
Nicholls, Norton, c. 1742-1809
Talbot, William, d. 1811

Holding Institution

Houghton Library, Harvard University , Cambridge, MA, USA <>
Availability: The original letter is extant, but there is no further information about its availability

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. 388*, vol. iii, 1320-1322