Thomas Gray to Horace Walpole, [13 May 1747]
the Honble Horace Walpole Esq
at his House in Arlington-Street
I am not dead, neither sleep I so sound, as not to feel the Jog you give me, or to forget that I ought to have wrote before. but I have been on the Confines of that Land, where all Things are forgotten; & return'd from thence with a Loss of Appetite & of Spirits, that has made me a very silly Gentleman, & not worth your Correspondence. however I am tolerable well again, & came post hither on Friday to see my Mother [ ] she was then at the Extremity, but is far better at present: I have no Business to regale you with all [t]his, but it is only by Way of Excuse. on Monday next I hope to return home, & in my Way (probably on Tuesday Morning) to call at your Door, & that of the Chuteheds, if possible.
I am obliged to you for transcribeing Voltaire & Mr Lyttleton. the last has six good prettyish Lines. the other I do not much admire
Ni sa Flute, ni son Epée.
the Thought is Martial's, & many others after him; & the Verses frippery enough, as his easy Poetry usually is. nobody loves him better than I in his grander Style.
Gray, Mrs. (Dorothy), 1685-1753
Lyttelton, George Lyttelton, 1st Lord
GBR/1058/GRA/3/4/44, College Library, Pembroke College, Cambridge , Cambridge, UK <http://www.pem.cam.ac.uk/>
- 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. 161, vol. ii, 68-69
- 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, 25-26
- 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. 138, vol. i, 281-282