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Thomas Gray to Mary Antrobus, [c. November 1758]

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I have asked no body's advice: but I conclude, as poor Mrs P: died after your Aunt, her legacy must belong to her, & consequently to her husband; & this, (as I told you, & still wonder at it) is also the opinion of Mrs O: for once: she is pure & hearty again, God bless her old soul. Bob returns home tomorrow, but without any letter of attorney. I know (but this is a violent secret) she had made her will before he came. You will think consequently, that you are cut short; but be easy, & hold your tongue: it is not so.

Letter ID: letters.0327 (Source: TEI/XML)


Writer: Gray, Thomas, 1716-1771
Writer's age: 41
Addressee: Antrobus, Mary, b. 1732
Addressee's age: 26[?]


Date of composition: [c. November 1758]
Calendar: Gregorian


Place of composition: [Stoke Poges, United Kingdom]


Language: English
Incipit: I have asked no body's advice: but I conclude, as poor Mrs P: died...
Mentioned: Antrobus, Mrs. (Elizabeth), 1709-1773

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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. 283*, vol. ii, 594-595