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Thomas Gray to Horace Walpole, [April 1769]

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To the Hon. Horace Walpole

Mr. Gray (upon the information of Mr Palgrave ) lets Mr Walpole know, that there is at Luton a Chappel built in Henry 7th's time by a Lord Hoo & Hastings & lined throughout with most beautiful Gothick woodwork: this is going to be demolish'd, & he imagines, Mr Walpole may have its inside for a song.

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Letter ID: letters.0551 (Source: TEI/XML)


Writer: Gray, Thomas, 1716-1771
Writer's age: 52
Addressee: Walpole, Horace, 1717-1797
Addressee's age: 51


Date of composition: [April 1769]
Date (on letter): Friday
Calendar: Gregorian


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

Physical description

Addressed: To the Hon. Horace Walpole


Language: English
Incipit: Mr. Gray (upon the information of Mr Palgrave) lets Mr Walpole know,...
Mentioned: Luton Hoo
Palgrave, William, 1735-1799

Holding Institution

GBR/1058/GRA/3/4/101, College Library, Pembroke College, Cambridge , Cambridge, UK <>
Availability: The original letter is extant and usually available for academic research purposes

Print Versions

  • The Correspondence of Gray, Walpole, West and Ashton (1734-1771), 2 vols. Chronologically arranged and edited with introduction, notes, and index by Paget Toynbee. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1915, letter no. 244, vol. ii, 291
  • The Yale Edition of Horace Walpole's Correspondence. Ed. by W. S. Lewis. New Haven, Conn.: Yale UP; London: Oxford UP, 1937-83, vols. 13/14: Horace Walpole's Correspondence with Thomas Gray, Richard West and Thomas Ashton i, 1734-42, Horace Walpole's Correspondence with Thomas Gray ii, 1745-71, ed. by W. S. Lewis, George L. Lam and Charles H. Bennett, 1948, vol. ii, 184
  • 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. 492, vol. iii, 1056