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Horace Walpole to Thomas Gray, [August 1760]

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I forgot to tell you the only thing I had worth telling you, that in a pocket book of Vertue, who you know was a rigid catholic & who woud no more have invented a falshood on that side, than He coud invent, there is an Extract from a Copy taken by Martin Folkes of a Letter in the possession of the late Duke of Montagu; it was to the Duke's Ancestor Sr Ralph Winwood from the Duke of Buckingham, telling him how impatient the King was, & how much he complained that Winwood had not yet disclosed to Gondomar the purport & design of Sr Walter Raleigh's expedition to the West Indies!

Letter ID: letters.0367 (Source: TEI/XML)


Writer: Walpole, Horace, 1717-1797
Writer's age: 42
Addressee: Gray, Thomas, 1716-1771
Addressee's age: 43


Date of composition: [August 1760]
Calendar: Gregorian


Place of composition: [Strawberry Hill, United Kingdom]


Language: English
Incipit: P.S. I forgot to tell you the only thing I had worth telling you,...
Mentioned: Hume, David
Vertue, George
Surrogates: Digital facsimile [JPEG] from original letter

Holding Institution

HW MSS, Manuscript Collections, The Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University Library , New Haven, CT (Beinecke)/Farmington, CT (Lewis Walpole), USA <>
Availability: The original letter is extant and usually available for academic research purposes

Print Versions

  • 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. 214, vol. ii, 185-186
  • 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, 106-107
  • 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. 319, vol. ii, 694