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Thomas Gray to Horace Walpole, [c. 28 October 1760]

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To The Honble Horace Walpole

Sr I have call'd two or three times at your house, but had not the luck to find you. I had in my pocket half a dozen Artisans for your book (tho' perhaps you may be already acquainted with them) they are Susan Hurembout, Levina Benich, two Paintresses in miniature, Torreggiano Torreggiani, Girolamo da Trevigi, Benedetto da Rovezzano, & Toto del Nunziata, Architects, Sculptors, & Painters, all of them employ'd in England by Henry 8th.

I wanted to ask also, if you would have the Wyatt-Papers now, as they are, that is, uncompared with the originals, & perhaps incorrect.

I am
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I hope, the new Reign agrees with you.

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Letter ID: letters.0373 (Source: TEI/XML)


Writer: Gray, Thomas, 1716-1771
Writer's age: 43
Addressee: Walpole, Horace, 1717-1797
Addressee's age: 43


Date of composition: [c. 28 October 1760]
Date (on letter): anno 1mo Geo: 3ii
Calendar: Gregorian


Place of composition: London, United Kingdom
Address (on letter): Southampt: Row
Place of addressee: [London, United Kingdom]

Physical description

Addressed: To The Honble Horace Walpole


Language: English
Incipit: I have call'd two or three times at your house, but had not the luck...
Mentioned: Walpole, Horace

Holding Institution

GBR/1058/GRA/3/4/83, College Library, Pembroke College, Cambridge , Cambridge, UK <>
Availability: The original letter is extant and usually available for academic research purposes

Print Versions

  • The Correspondence of Gray, Walpole, West and Ashton (1734-1771), 2 vols. Chronologically arranged and edited with introduction, notes, and index by Paget Toynbee. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1915, letter no. 216, vol. ii, 206-207
  • The Yale Edition of Horace Walpole's Correspondence. Ed. by W. S. Lewis. New Haven, Conn.: Yale UP; London: Oxford UP, 1937-83, vols. 13/14: Horace Walpole's Correspondence with Thomas Gray, Richard West and Thomas Ashton i, 1734-42, Horace Walpole's Correspondence with Thomas Gray ii, 1745-71, ed. by W. S. Lewis, George L. Lam and Charles H. Bennett, 1948, vol. ii, 116-117
  • 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. 324, vol. ii, 708-709