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Thomas Gray to Mary Antrobus, 3 May 1759

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Dear Mary

It was I, that desired Bob to let you know, how glad I should be to see you in Town. I now repeat the same thing to you myself, & shall be obliged to your Mamma if she can spare you the beginning of next week, tho' but for a few days, the letter of Attorney, wch I send inclosed, is not meant to hinder your journey, but that in case your own inclination does not serve, or your Mamma is not able to spare you, Dolly may be empower'd to act for you, for, as you have already 50 £ N:Annuities, I thought you would like rather to buy in there (while they are so low) than into any other of the funds, the expence of this is a trifle, wch I shall be glad to pay myself, if you will come instead of it, & make it useless.

The Receipt is to be sign'd, & witness'd; the two witnesses required to the letter of Attorney should specify their place of abode, you will enclose, & send them both carefully to your Sister; but (as I said before) I should much rather see you in person. let us know by tomorrow nights post.

Adieu, I am your friend & Servt

Mrs O: is never good for any thing, but when she is laid up, & can do nothing: as she recovers, she recovers her Tantrums, & her Twegues. Compts to your Mamma, & Grand-Papa.

Letter ID: letters.0338 (Source: TEI/XML)


Writer: Gray, Thomas, 1716-1771
Writer's age: 42
Addressee: Antrobus, Mary, b. 1732
Addressee's age: 27[?]


Date of composition: 3 May 1759
Date (on letter): May 3. 1759
Calendar: Gregorian


Place of composition: London, United Kingdom
Address (on letter): Gloucester-Street


Language: English
Incipit: It was I, that desired Bob to let you know, how glad I should be...
Mentioned: Antrobus, Mrs. (Elizabeth), 1709-1773
Surrogates: Digital facsimile [JPEG] and transcription from original letter

Holding Institution

W. L. Lewis Collection, Mary Couts Burnett Library, Texas Christian University Library , Fort Worth, TX, USA <>
Availability: The original letter is extant and usually available for academic research purposes

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. 293, vol. ii, 620-621