Thomas Gray to Thomas Wharton, [25 April 1749]

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Letter ID: letters.0169 (Source: TEI/XML)


Writer: Gray, Thomas, 1716-1771 [i]
Writer's age: 32
Addressee: Wharton, Thomas, 1717-1794 [i]
Addressee's age: 32[?]


Date of composition: [25 April 1749] [i]
Date (on letter): April 25
Calendar: Julian


Place of composition: Cambridge, United Kingdom [i]
Address (on letter): Cambridge

Physical description

Form/Extent: A.L.S.; 2 pages, 235 mm x 185 mm
Address panel: To / Dr Thomas Wharton at / Durham / By Caxton. (postmark: CAMBRIDGE)


Language: English
Incipit: I perceive, that Second Parts are as bad to write, as they can be to read;...
Mentioned: Brockett, Lawrence, 1724-1768 [i]

Holding Institution

Egerton MS 2400, ff. 35-36, Manuscripts collection, British Library [i], London, UK <>
Availability: The original letter is extant and usually available for academic research purposes

Print Versions

  • The Poems of Mr. Gray. To which are prefixed Memoirs of his Life and Writings by W[illiam]. Mason. York: printed by A. Ward; and sold by J. Dodsley, London; and J. Todd, York, 1775, letter x, section iv, 204-205 - view pages
  • The Works of Thomas Gray, 2 vols. Ed. by Thomas James Mathias. London: William Bulmer, 1814, section IV, letter X, vol. i, 316-318 - view pages
  • The Works of Thomas Gray, 2 vols. Ed. by John Mitford. London: J. Mawman, 1816, section IV, letter XIX, vol. ii, 196-199 - view pages
  • The Letters of Thomas Gray, 2 vols. in one. London: J. Sharpe, 1819, letter LXX, vol. i, 152-154 - view pages
  • The Works of Thomas Gray, 5 vols. Ed. by John Mitford. London: W. Pickering, 1835-1843, section IV, letter XXVI, vol. iii, 62-66 - view pages
  • 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. LXXXVII, vol. i, 196-200 - view pages
  • Essays and Criticisms by Thomas Gray. Ed. with Introduction and Notes by Clark Sutherland Northup. Boston and London: D. C. Heath & Co., 1911, letter excerpt, 158-159 - view pages
  • 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. 149, vol. i, 317-321 - view pages