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Thomas Gray to James Brown, 18 November 1766

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[To The Revd Mr] Brown, President of Pembroke Hall, Cambridge
18 NO

Dear Sr

I paid the sum abovemention'd this morning at Gillam's Office in Bishopsgate-Street: the remittance you will please to pay out of it. I have not time to add all the bad news of the times, but in a few days you shall have some of it; tho' the worst of all is just what I can not write. I am perfectly out of humour, & so will you be.

Mason is here, & has brought his Wife, a pretty, modest, innocent, interesting figure, looking like 18, tho' she is near 28. she does not speak, only whispers, & her cough as troublesome as ever: yet I have great hopes, there is nothing consumptive. she is strong & in good spirits. we were all at the Opera together on Saturday last. they desire their loves to you. I have seen Mr Talbot, & Delaval lately.

Adieu! I am ever
T G:

I can not find Mons: de la Chalotais in any of the shops. Ld St: I am told is to be married here. I know nothing of Pa:, but that he was still at Mr Weddell's a fortnight since. Be so good to tell me you have received this (if you can) by the return of the Post.

Letter ID: letters.0487 (Source: TEI/XML)


Writer: Gray, Thomas, 1716-1771
Writer's age: 49
Addressee: Brown, James, 1709-1784
Addressee's age: 57[?]


Date of composition: 18 November 1766
Date (on letter): 18 Nov: 1766
Calendar: Gregorian


Place of composition: London, United Kingdom
Address (on letter): Jermyn-Street
Place of addressee: [Cambridge, United Kingdom]

Physical description

Addressed: [To The Revd Mr] Brown, President of Pembroke Hall, Cambridge (postmark: 18 NO)


Language: English
Incipit: I paid the sum abovemention'd this morning at Gillam's Office in...
Mentioned: Chalotais, Louis René de la
Mason, William, 1724-1797
Palgrave, William, 1735-1799
Talbot, William, d. 1811

Holding Institution

Rosenbach Museum & Library , Philadelphia, PA, USA <>
Availability: The original letter is extant, but there is no further information about its availability

Print Versions

  • The Correspondence of Thomas Gray and William Mason, with Letters to the Rev. James Brown, D.D. Ed. by the Rev. John Mitford. London: Richard Bentley, 1853, letter CI, 367-368
  • The Letters of Thomas Gray, including the correspondence of Gray and Mason, 3 vols. Ed. by Duncan C. Tovey. London: George Bell and Sons, 1900-12, letter no. CCXCI, vol. iii, 129-130
  • 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. 431, vol. iii, 945-946