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William Mason to Thomas Gray, 1 April 1767

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To Thomas Gray Esqr at Pembroke Hall Cambridge

Dear Mr Gray

The dear testimonial of your friendship reachd Bristol about the time when the last offices were done to my lost angel at the Cathedral & was brought to me hither just now; Where I had fled to My Wadworth relations a few Hours before the Ceremony. I cannot express the State of my Mind or health, I know not what either of them are. But I think that I mean at present to steal thro London very soon & come to you at Cambridge, tho I fear it is about the time you are going to Town. I have business there with Sidney College.

I can add no more. But that I am as much Yours as I am my own
W. M.
Letter ID: letters.0494 (Source: TEI/XML)


Writer: Mason, William, 1724-1797
Writer's age: 43
Addressee: Gray, Thomas, 1716-1771
Addressee's age: 50


Date of composition: 1 April 1767
Date (on letter): April 1st 1767
Calendar: Gregorian


Place of composition: Bath, United Kingdom
Address (on letter): Bath
Place of addressee: [Cambridge, United Kingdom]

Physical description

Addressed: To Thomas Gray Esqr at Pembroke Hall Cambridge


Language: English
Incipit: The dear testimonial of your friendship reachd Bristol about the time...
Mentioned: Bristol Hot Wells

Holding Institution

Henry W. And Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature, Humanities and Social Sciences Library, New York Public Library , New York, NY, USA <>
Availability: The original letter is extant and usually available for academic research purposes

Print Versions

  • The Correspondence of Thomas Gray and William Mason, with Letters to the Rev. James Brown, D.D. Ed. by the Rev. John Mitford. London: Richard Bentley, 1853, letter CVI, 379
  • 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. CCXCVII, vol. iii, 137
  • 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. 438, vol. iii, 954