Thomas Gray to James Brown, 14 August 1757
To The Revd Mr Brown M:A: President of Pembroke Hall Cambridge
Excuse me, if I begin to wonder a little, that I have heard no news of you in so long a time. I conclude, you received Dodsley's packet at least a week ago, & made my presents. you will not wonder therefore at my curiosity, if I enquire of you, what you hear said? for tho' in the rest of the world I do not expect to hear, that any body says much, or thinks about the matter yet among mes Confreres, the Learned, I know there is alway leisure at least to find fault, if not to commend.
I have been lately much out of order; & confined at home, but now I go abroad again. Mr Garrick & his Wife have pass'd some days at my Lady Cobham's, & are shortly to return again; they & a few other people, that I see there, have been my only entertainment till this week: but now I have purchased some volumes of the Great French Encyclopedie, & am trying to amuse myself within doors.
In: Nelson, Christine, "extra-illustrated copy of Gray's Odes". E-mail to the editor, 14 November 2006
PML 16518 (extra-illustrated copy of Gray's Odes), 3, Department of Literary and Historical Manuscripts (LHMS), Morgan Library & Museum , New York, NY, USA <http://www.themorgan.org/collection>
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- 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. 245, vol. ii, 516