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Thomas Gray to Thomas Wharton, 6 June 1765

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Dr Wharton at
Old-Park near

Dear Doctor

Here am I (thanks to Mr Precentor's hospitality) laid up with the gout: yet as today I begin to walk again about the house on two legs, I flatter myself, I shall be able to see you next week at Old-Park. as to mine Host of the Minster his eyes are very bad (in imitation of Horace) & he is besides tied down here to residence. yet he talks, as if we might chance to see him in the Bishoprick during the summer for a little while. his compliments join themselves to mine, & beg you would present them to Mrs Wharton & the numerous family. Adieu! no Mr Brown! he is immersed too deep in Quintilian & Livy.

Letter ID: letters.0460 (Source: TEI/XML)


Writer: Gray, Thomas, 1716-1771
Writer's age: 48
Addressee: Wharton, Thomas, 1717-1794
Addressee's age: 48[?]


Date of composition: 6 June 1765
Date (on letter): Thursday. 6 June. 1765
Calendar: Gregorian


Place of composition: York, United Kingdom
Address (on letter): York
Place of addressee: Durham, United Kingdom

Physical description

Form/Extent: A.L.; 1 page, 222 mm x 184 mm
Addressed: To / Dr Wharton at / Old-Park near / Durham (postmark: EASING WOULD)


Language: English
Incipit: Here am I (thanks to Mr Precentor's hospitality) laid up with...
Mentioned: Brown, James, 1709-1784
Mason, William, 1724-1797
Old Park

Holding Institution

Egerton MS 2400, ff. 166-167, Manuscripts collection, British Library , London, UK <>
Availability: The original letter is extant and usually available for academic research purposes

Print Versions

  • The Works of Thomas Gray, 2 vols. Ed. by John Mitford. London: J. Mawman, 1816, section IV, letter CXIX, vol. ii, 448
  • The Works of Thomas Gray, 5 vols. Ed. by John Mitford. London: W. Pickering, 1835-1843, section IV, letter CXXX, vol. iv, 50-51
  • The Letters of Thomas Gray, including the correspondence of Gray and Mason, 3 vols. Ed. by Duncan C. Tovey. London: George Bell and Sons, 1900-12, letter no. CCLXXII, vol. iii, 76
  • 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. 406, vol. ii, 878