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Thomas Gray to Norton Nicholls, 28 June 1771

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[M]onsieu[r.....] Mess:s Telluson & Neckar Banquiers, Paris France

Dear Sr

The inclosed came a few days after you left us, as I apprehend, from Temple. I continue here much against my will. the gout is gone, the feverish disorder abated, but not cured; my spirits much oppress'd, & the more so, as I foresee a new complaint, that may tie me down perhaps to my bed, & expose me to the operations of a Surgeon. God knows, what will be the end of it.

It will be an alleviation to my miseries, if I can hear, you are well, & capable of enjoying those objects of curiosity, that the countries you are in promise to afford you. the greater the detail you give me of them, the happier I shall be. Mr. Clarke call'd on me yesterday, & desires to be remember'd. I know nothing new here, but that Mr. T: Pitt is going to be married to a Miss Wilkinson, the daughter of a rich Merchant, who gives her 30,000£ down, & at least as much more in expectation.

Adieu! I am faithfully
T G:

Wilkes is like to lose his election.

Letter ID: letters.0639 (Source: TEI/XML)


Writer: Gray, Thomas, 1716-1771
Writer's age: 54
Addressee: Nicholls, Norton, c. 1742-1809
Addressee's age: 29[?]


Date of composition: 28 June 1771
Date (on letter): 28 June. 1771
Calendar: Gregorian


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

Physical description

Form/Extent: A.L.S.; 1 page; part of the letter and part of the envelope are missing
Addressed: [M]onsieu[r.....] Mess:s Telluson & Neckar Banquiers, Paris France


Language: English
Incipit: The inclosed came a few days after you left us, as I apprehend, from...
Mentioned: Clark, John

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; a photocopy is at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, OSB MSS c 467, box 1, folder 115

Print Versions

  • The Works of Thomas Gray, 5 vols. Ed. by John Mitford. London: W. Pickering, 1835-1843, letter XLIII, vol. v, 142-143
  • 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. CCCLXXXV, vol. iii, 321-322
  • 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. 556, vol. iii, 1191-1192