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Thomas Gray to Thomas Percy, [after 26 January 1769]

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P: 339, & 340. The Abbot of Mesx

Look in a Map of the East-riding of Yorkshire, & you will see that at a few miles distance North of Lekenfield lies Watton; to the South lies Beverley (the usual Burying-Place of the Percies); & to the S: East the Abbey of Meaux, of which there are still some remains visible: the name is pronounced Meuss. (Mr Mason dictates this note)

Mr Percy's note therefore is wrong.

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Letter ID: letters.0550 (Source: TEI/XML)


Writer: Gray, Thomas, 1716-1771
Writer's age: 52
Addressee: Percy, Thomas, 1729-1811
Addressee's age: 39


Date of composition: [after 26 January 1769]
Calendar: Gregorian


Place of composition: [unknown]

Physical description

Form/Extent: A.L.; 1 page, 65 mm x 160 mm


Language: English
Incipit: Look in a Map of the East-riding of Yorkshire, & you will see that...
Mentioned: Farmer, Richard, 1735-1797
Mason, William, 1724-1797
Meaux, Abbey of
Percy, Thomas, 1729-1811

Holding Institution

Add. MSS 32329, f. 1, Manuscripts collection, British Library , London, UK <>
Availability: The original letter is extant and usually available for academic research purposes

Print Versions

  • Gray and his Friends: Letters and Relics, in great part hitherto unpublished. Ed. by Duncan C. Tovey. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1890, section IV, 190
  • 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. 491*, vol. iii, 1055-1056