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Thomas Gray to Thomas Wharton, 21 June 1767

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Dr Wharton at Old-Park
near Darlington

Dear Doctor

Here we are, Mr Brown & I, in a wilderness of sweets, an Elysium among the coal-pits, a terrestrial heaven. mind, it is not I, but Mason, that says all this, & bids me tell it you. tomorrow we visit Dovedale & the Wonders of the Peak, the Monday following we go to York to reside, & two or three days after set out for Old-Park, where I shall remain upon your hands; & Mr Brown about the time of Durham-races must go on to Gibside, & for ought I know to Glamis: Mason remains tied down to his Minster for half a year. he & Mr B: desire their best compliments to you & Mrs Wharton.

I am ever Yours,

Mr. B: owns the pleasantest day he ever past was yesterday at Roche-Abbey. it is indeed divine.

Letter ID: letters.0501 (Source: TEI/XML)


Writer: Gray, Thomas, 1716-1771
Writer's age: 50
Addressee: Wharton, Thomas, 1717-1794
Addressee's age: 50[?]


Date of composition: 21 June 1767
Date (on letter): Sunday. 21 June. 1767
Calendar: Gregorian


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

Physical description

Form/Extent: A.L.S.; 1 page, 232 mm x 189 mm
Addressed: To / Dr Wharton at Old-Park / near Darlington / Durham (postmark: ROTHERHAM)


Language: English
Incipit: Here we are, Mr Brown & I, in a wilderness of sweets,...
Mentioned: Aston
Brown, James, 1709-1784
Mason, William, 1724-1797
Peak, The
Roche Abbey

Holding Institution

Egerton MS 2400, ff. 176-177, 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 CXXIX, vol. ii, 478
  • The Works of Thomas Gray, 5 vols. Ed. by John Mitford. London: W. Pickering, 1835-1843, section IV, letter CXL, vol. iv, 86-87
  • 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. CCCIII, vol. iii, 146
  • 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. 445, vol. iii, 964