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Thomas Gray to Norton Nicholls, [29 May 1768]

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Addio! You will have the satisfaction of going to Fischer's concert, and hearing Pugnani without me, on Thursday; I don't believe there will be any body one knows there. My respects to Mrs Nicholls, and my cousin, Miss Floyer, not forgetting the red nightingale. I am gone tomorrow.

Here are a pair of your stray shoes, dancing attendance, till you send for them.

Letter ID: letters.0533 (Source: TEI/XML)


Writer: Gray, Thomas, 1716-1771
Writer's age: 51
Addressee: Nicholls, Norton, c. 1742-1809
Addressee's age: 26[?]


Date of composition: [29 May 1768]
Date (on letter): 29 May. Sunday
Calendar: Gregorian


Place of composition: London, United Kingdom
Address (on letter): South:n Row


Language: English
Incipit: Addio! You will have the satisfaction of going to Fischer's concert,...

Holding Institution

Availability: The original letter is unlocated, a copy, transcription, or published version survives; a photocopy is at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, OSB MSS c 467, box 1, folder 72

Print Versions

  • The Works of Thomas Gray, 5 vols. Ed. by John Mitford. London: W. Pickering, 1835-1843, letter X, vol. v, 75
  • 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. CCCXXVIII, vol. iii, 198
  • 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. 477, vol. iii, 1033