Thomas Gray to Thomas Wharton, 25 March 1756

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Letter ID: letters.0245 (Source: TEI/XML)


Writer: Gray, Thomas, 1716-1771 [i]
Writer's age: 39
Addressee: Wharton, Thomas, 1717-1794 [i]
Addressee's age: 39[?]


Date of composition: 25 March 1756 [i]
Date (on letter): March 25. 1756
Calendar: Gregorian


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

Physical description

Form/Extent: A.L.S.; 2 pages, 225 mm x 183 mm
Address panel: To / Dr Thomas Wharton M:D: / in Kings-Arms Yard / Coleman Street / London (postmark: 26 MA)


Language: English
Incipit: Tho' I had no reasonable excuse for myself before I received your last letter,...
Mentioned: Ashton, Thomas, 1715-1775 [i]
Stonhewer, Richard, 1728-1809 [i]

Holding Institution

Egerton MS 2400, ff. 81-82, 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 xxii, section iv, 241-243 - view pages
  • The Works of Thomas Gray, 2 vols. Ed. by Thomas James Mathias. London: William Bulmer, 1814, section IV, letter XXII, vol. i, 350-352 - view pages
  • The Works of Thomas Gray, 2 vols. Ed. by John Mitford. London: J. Mawman, 1816, section IV, letter LII, vol. ii, 270-273 - view pages
  • The Letters of Thomas Gray, 2 vols. in one. London: J. Sharpe, 1819, letter XC, vol. ii, 8-10 - view pages
  • The Works of Thomas Gray, 5 vols. Ed. by John Mitford. London: W. Pickering, 1835-1843, section IV, letter LX, vol. iii, 148-151 - 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. CXXIX, vol. i, 292-298 - 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, 183-184 - 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. 214, vol. ii, 458-461 - view pages