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Thomas Gray to Michael Lort, [February or March 1770]

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Mr Gray presents his humble services to Prof.r Lort, is much obliged to him for his politeness in inviting Mr Bonstetten, but the day is so bad that Gentleman desires to be excused at present. Mr Gray himself intends to dine at Trinity, & will call on the Professor before one.

Letter ID: letters.0575 (Source: TEI/XML)


Writer: Gray, Thomas, 1716-1771
Writer's age: 53
Addressee: Lort, Michael, 1725-1790
Addressee's age: 45[?]


Date of composition: [February or March 1770]
Date (on letter): Saturday
Calendar: Gregorian


Place of composition: Cambridge, United Kingdom
Address (on letter): Pem Coll

Physical description

Form/Extent: A.L.S.; 1 page


Language: English
Incipit: Mr Gray presents his humble services to Prof.r Lort, is much obliged...
Mentioned: Bonstetten, Charles Victor de, 1745-1832

Holding Institution

Private collection
Availability: The original letter is extant, but there is no further information about its availability

Print Versions

  • Sotheby's sale (18 November 1929) of the library of John Gough Nichols, lot 170 (it was part of a quarto volume and was sold with other letters from Mrs Inchbald and from Johnson himself, for £140 to 'Spencer')
  • 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. 512*, vol. iii, 1112-1113