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Thomas Gray to William Cole, 22 December 1770

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How did we know, pray? No Body here remember'd another Burying of the Kind: shall be proud of your Advice the next opportunity, which (we hope) will be some Forty years hence. I am sorry you would not send for me last Night. I shall not be able to wait on you chez vous, so soon as I would wish, for I go in a few Days to Town, when I shall see Mr Walpole.

Adieu! at my Return we shall meet.
Letter ID: letters.0618 (Source: TEI/XML)


Writer: Gray, Thomas, 1716-1771
Writer's age: 54
Addressee: Cole, William, 1714-1782
Addressee's age: 56


Date of composition: 22 December 1770
Date (on letter): Sat: 22. Dec: 1770
Calendar: Gregorian


Place of composition: [Cambridge, United Kingdom]


Language: English
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Print Versions

  • The Works of Thomas Gray, 5 vols. Ed. by John Mitford. London: W. Pickering, 1835-1843, section V, letter XVI, vol. iv, 194
  • 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. CCCLXXV, vol. iii, 298
  • 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. 539, vol. iii, 1155