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Thomas Gray to Norton Nicholls, [c. 2 June 1770]

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To the Revd Mr Nicholls

[Dear] Nicholls

I wrote to you from London lately not knowing but you might care to go with me into Yorkshire tomorrow, but as I neither find you here, nor any letter from you, I conclude that is not to be. I would wish by all means to oblige & serve T: in any way I am able, but it can not be in his way at present. he & you seem to think, that I have nothing else to do but to transcribe a page from some common-place-book on this head: if it were so, I should not hesitate a minute about it. but as I came from Town only on Thursday last, have only two days to pass here, & must fetch all the materials from my own recollection, he must excuse me for the present. let him begin with Ld Bacon's Henry 7th, & Ld Herbert's Henry 8th, & by that time I return from Aston (wch will be in 3 weeks or less) perhaps I may be able to help him onwards a little. I keep the letter till we meet, least it be lost. I would reply nothing to the article of separation ( [ ] for himself. [ ] point.


Direct, à Mons:r Mons: de B: chez Mess:rs Lullin, Freres, Banquiers, rue Thevenot, Paris.

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Letter ID: letters.0605 (Source: TEI/XML)


Writer: Gray, Thomas, 1716-1771
Writer's age: 53
Addressee: Nicholls, Norton, c. 1742-1809
Addressee's age: 28[?]


Date of composition: [c. 2 June 1770]
Calendar: Gregorian


Place of composition: [Cambridge, United Kingdom]
Place of addressee:

Physical description

Form/Extent: A.L.; 1 page
Addressed: To the Revd Mr Nicholls


Language: English
Incipit: I wrote to you from London lately not knowing but you might care to go...
Mentioned: Bacon, Francis

Holding Institution

College Library, Eton College , Windsor, UK <>
Availability: The original letter is extant and usually available for academic research purposes; bound into a copy of Mathias's Works of Thomas Gray (London, 1814), vol. II, part 2

Print Versions

  • The Works of Thomas Gray, 5 vols. Ed. by John Mitford. London: W. Pickering, 1835-1843, letter XVI, vol. v, 85-86
  • 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. 527, vol. iii, 1137-1138