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Thomas Gray to Lawrence Brockett, [c. 1754]

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Mr Gray sends his Compliments to Mr Brocket. shall be extremely obliged to him, if he would make inquiry (when he has occasion to go into: Trin: Library) after the following old English Books

  • Paradise of dainty Devices. 1578. 4to & 1585
  • England's Helicon.... 4to
  • W: Webbe's Discourse of Eng. Poetrie. 1585. 4to
  • Fr: Meres Wit's Commonwealth 1598 Lond: & 1634
  • Sam: Daniel's Musa or Defence of Rhyme 16[11.] [8]vo
  • Steph: Hawes Pastime of Pleasure 1555. 4[to]
  • Gawen Douglas' Palace of Honour 1553 Lond: [15]79 Ed[in:]
  • Earl of Surrey's Ecclesiastes 1567 4to
  • —— 2d & 4th Books of the Æneid. 1557. 12mo
  • Gascoign's Works. 2 V: 4to. 1577. & 1587

If they should not be in the Library, Mr Gray believes that Professor Torriano could favour him with a sight of some of them for a few days. he will take all imaginable care of them.

Letter ID: letters.0214 (Source: TEI/XML)


Writer: Gray, Thomas, 1716-1771
Writer's age: 37[?]
Addressee: Brockett, Lawrence, 1724-1768
Addressee's age: 29[?]


Date of composition: [c. 1754]
Calendar: Gregorian


Place of composition: [Cambridge, United Kingdom]

Physical description

Form/Extent: A.L.; 1 page, 75 mm x 206 mm


Language: English
Incipit: Mr Gray sends his Compliments to Mr Brocket. shall be extremely...
Mentioned: England's Helicon
Paradise of Dainty Devices
Daniel, Samuel
Douglas, Gawen
Gascoigne, George
Hawes, Stephen
Meres, Francis
Surrey, Earl of
Webbe, W.

Holding Institution

Add. MSS 32329, f. 2, 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  • Gray and his Friends: Letters and Relics, in great part hitherto unpublished.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, 190-191
  • 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. CLVII, vol. ii, 1-2
  • 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. 184*, vol. i, 390