The letters; with important additions and corrections from his own manuscripts selected and edited by the Rev. John Mitford

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Contents

Mr Gray to Dr Wharton Description of a new Room
335
Ditto to Ditto On Froissard Indian Boy Irish Disturb
346
Mr Gray to Mr Stonehewer On DAlembert Ossian
353
Mr Gray to Dr Clark On Dr Chapmans Death
361
XOIII Ditto to Ditto On Miss Speeds Marriage On Mr Pitt
369
Residentiary of York On Lord s Illness Reasons
390
Mr Gray to Dr Wharton Further Account of Gothic Papers
395
Mr Gray to Mr Mason On Count Algarottis Approbation
403
Mr Gray to Mr Brown Sends him a Message to write
410
Mr Gray to Count Algarotti Compliments him on his Efforts
417
Mr Gray to Mr How On publishing Count Algarottis
427
Mr Gray to Mr Nicholls On NettleyAbbey and South
436
GXVF Mr Gray to Mr Walpole Receives the Castle of Otranto
438
cxvlii Mr Gray to Dr Wharton Was at Southampton in
445
Mr Gray to Mr Beattie Invites Mr Beattie to Glamis
457
Mr Gray to Mr Bentham Various Observations on Gothic
464
t cxxvn Ditto to Ditto Description of Part of Kent On the Ministry
473
Beattie Ou Fergusons Essay on the History of Civil
479
Mr Gray to Mr Beattie On the Glasgow Edition of
490
CXXXVI Ditto to Ditto On an Edition of his own Poems Walpoles
496
Mr Gray to the Duke of Grafton Returns Thanks for
506
Ditto to Ditto On Mr Nichollss Garden Ode to the Duke
514
tvi Ditto to Ditto Intends to go towards Cambridge Journal
522
tvm Ditto to Ditto Journal continued
531
Letter Page
549
Ditto to Ditto
556
Mr Gray to Dr Wharton On Mr Brown obtaining prefer
564
Mr Brown to Dr Wharton On Mr Grays Illness
571
Mr Mason to Dr Wharton Gives an Account of what
577

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Page 129 - I, that am curtail'd of this fair proportion, Cheated of feature by dissembling Nature, Deform'd, unfinish'd, sent before my time Into this breathing world, scarce half made up, And that so lamely and unfashionable, That dogs bark at me as I halt by them...
Page 262 - Edward, lo! to sudden fate (Weave we the woof; The thread is spun;) Half of thy heart we consecrate. (The web is wove; The work is done.) — Stay, oh stay!
Page 260 - Fair laughs the morn, and soft the zephyr blows While proudly riding o'er the azure realm In gallant trim the gilded vessel goes; Youth on the prow, and pleasure at the helm; Regardless of the sweeping whirlwind's sway, That, hush'd in grim repose, expects his evening prey.
Page 165 - And wisdom's self Oft seeks to sweet retired solitude, Where, with her best nurse, contemplation, She plumes her feathers, and lets grow her wings, That in the various bustle of resort Were all too ruffled, and sometimes impaired. He that has light within his own clear breast May sit i...
Page 260 - Give ample room, and verge enough The characters of hell to trace. Mark the year, and mark the night, When Severn shall re-echo with affright The shrieks of death, thro...
Page 497 - I will be candid (for you seem to be so with me), and avow to you, that till fourscore-and-ten, whenever the humour takes me, I will write, because I like it ; and because I like myself better when I do so. If I do not write much, it is because I cannot.
Page 515 - Letters. Poor man ! he was always wishing for money, for fame, and other distinctions; and his whole philosophy consisted in living against his will in retirement, and in a place which his taste had adorned; but which he only enjoyed when people of note came to see and commend it : his correspondence is about nothing eke but this place and his own writings, with two or three neighbouring clergymen, who wrote verses too.
Page 178 - ... knowing one's handsome cat is always the cat one likes best; or if one be alive and the other dead, it is usually the latter that is the handsomest. Besides, if the point were never so clear, I hope you do not think me so ill-bred or so imprudent as to forfeit all my interest in the survivor. Oh no! I would rather seem to mistake, and imagine to be sure it must be the tabby one that had met with this sad accident. Till this affair is a little better determined, you will excuse me if I do not...
Page 8 - It is very possible that two and two make four, but I would not give four farthings to demonstrate this ever so clearly ; and if these be the profits of life, give me the amusements of it.
Page 459 - that if there was any excellence in his own numbers, he had learned it wholly from that great poet ' ; and writing to Beattie afterwards he recurs to Dryden, whom Beattie, he thought, did not honour enough as a poet : 'Remember Dryden,' he writes, 'and be blind to all his faults.

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