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Thomas Gray to James Brown, 2 June 1767

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Dear Sir

Where are you? for I wrote to you last week to know how soon we should set out, and how we should go. Mason writes to-day, he will expect us at Aston in Whitsun-week; and has ordered all his lilacs and roses to be in flower. What can you be doing? And so as I said, shall we go in the Newcastle post-coach or the York coach? Will you choose to come to town or be taken up on the way? Or will you go all the way to Bawtry in a chaise with me and see sights? Answer me speedily. In return I will tell you that you will soon hear great news; but whether good or bad is hard to say; therefore I shall prudently tell you nothing more.

Adieu.–I am ever yours,
T. G.

Old Pa. is still here, going to Ranelagh and the Opera. Lady Strathmore is with child, and not very well, as I hear.

Letter ID: letters.0498 (Source: TEI/XML)


Writer: Gray, Thomas, 1716-1771
Writer's age: 50
Addressee: Brown, James, 1709-1784
Addressee's age: 58[?]


Date of composition: 2 June 1767
Date (on letter): June 2, 1767
Calendar: Gregorian


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


Language: English
Incipit: Where are you? for I wrote to you last week to know how soon we should...
Mentioned: Aston
Palgrave, William, 1735-1799

Holding Institution

Misc. 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 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 CVIII, 382
  • 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. CCC, vol. iii, 142-143
  • 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. 442, vol. iii, 961