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THE

POEMS AND LETTERS

THOMAS GRAY.

WITH

MEMOIRS OF HIS LIFE AND WRITINGS,

WILLIAM MASON, M. A.

LONDON:

PRINTED BY J. F. DUVL, ST. JOHN'S SQUARE;

FOR K. PRIESTLEY, HIGH HOLBORN; AND W. CLARKE,
NEW BOND STREET.

MDCCCXX.

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TO

WILLIAM FOWLE MIDDLETON, ESQ.

SHRUBLAND PARK, SUFFOLK.

SIR,

Impelled by feelings of the sincerest regard for your great and continued Support since my commencement m Business, I have been anxious to testify my gratitude in a manner not unworthy your acceptance:and I indulge a hope, that, in dedicating to you the present Edition of the Writings of the illustrious Gray, my desire may in

some measure be accomplished. What he was as a Poet

and a Man has justly entitled him to a laurel lasting as Time itself; and, Sir, let it not be considered an unmerited encomium to remark, that the same benevolent virtues, -which so eminently adorned and distinguished him, now shine with corresponding lustre and energy in yourself.

That Providence may long preserve you to your Family (to every branch of which I am bound by the strongest sense of obligation and respect) is the sincere and constant wish of,

SIR,
Your ever grateful humble Servant,

THE PRINTER.

St. John's Square,
Jao. 1, 1820.

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