Thomas Gray to James Brown, 14 August 1757

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Letter ID: letters.0278 (Source: TEI/XML)


Writer: Gray, Thomas, 1716-1771 [i]
Writer's age: 40
Addressee: Brown, James, 1709-1784 [i]
Addressee's age: 48[?]


Date of composition: 14 August 1757 [i]
Date (on letter): Aug: 14. 1757
Calendar: Gregorian


Place of composition: [Stoke Poges, United Kingdom] [i]

Physical description

Form/Extent: A.L.S.; 1 page


Language: English
Incipit: Excuse me, if I begin to wonder a little, that I have heard no news of you...
Contents: "[I]n the 1757 letter Gray asks if Brown received "Dodsley's packet," asks how the Odes has been received at Cambridge, says he has been confined at home, and notes that he has acquired "some volumes of the Great French Encyclopedie.""
In: Nelson, Christine, "extra-illustrated copy of Gray's Odes". E-mail to the editor, 14 November 2006

Holding Institution

PML 16518 (extra-illustrated copy of Gray's Odes), 3, Department of Literary and Historical Manuscripts (LHMS), Morgan Library & Museum [i], New York, NY, USA <>
Availability: The original letter is extant and usually available for academic research purposes; a photostat is in MS. Toynbee d.32, Bodleian Library, Oxford

Print Versions

  • The Correspondence of Thomas Gray and William Mason, with Letters to the Rev. James Brown, D.D. Ed. by the Rev. John Mitford. London: Richard Bentley, 1853, letter XXII, 93-94 - 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. CXLV, vol. i, 344 - 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. 245, vol. ii, 516 - view pages