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Thomas Gray to Edward Bedingfield, 12 February 1757

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Tho' I do not know whether you are yet return'd from Bath, I can not help addressing this to York (for where else can I find you?) & enquiring after your health, especially as I recollect, you told me you were but lately recover'd from a fit of illness, when I had the pleasure of seeing you. I have too numberless excuses to make for the very free & unceremonious reception I then gave you, & the many liberties I took with you in the first conversation we ever had. perhaps there is no other excuse to be made for them, than that I then regarded you as a Person I had long known, & one, to whom I might speak my mind, without danger of offending you. I should be glad to know, where you are, what you are doing, & even what you are thinking of? if you are at home, I beg you would present my respects to the Ladies, & believe me

Your most obliged humble Servt
Letter ID: letters.0264 (Source: TEI/XML)


Writer: Gray, Thomas, 1716-1771
Writer's age: 40
Addressee: Bedingfield, Edward, b. 1730
Addressee's age: 27


Date of composition: 12 February 1757
Date (on letter): Feb: 12. 1757
Calendar: Gregorian


Place of composition: Cambridge, United Kingdom
Address (on letter): Camb: Pemb: Hall


Language: English
Incipit: Tho' I do not know whether you are yet return'd from Bath, I can not help...

Holding Institution

HM 21914, Huntington Manuscripts, Department of Manuscripts, The Huntington , San Marino, CA, USA <>
Availability: The original letter is extant and usually available for academic research purposes; a photostat is in MS. Toynbee c.2, Bodleian Library, Oxford

Print Versions

  • 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. 232, vol. ii, 494