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WILLIAM FOWLE MIDDLETON, ESQ.
SHRUBLAND PARK, SUFFOLK.
Impelled by feelings of the sincerest regard for your great and continued Support since my commencement in Business, I have been anxious to testify my grati tude 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 obligation and respect) is the sincere and constant wish of,
INTRODUCTION. Mr. GRAY's birth.
commences a friendship with the Hon. Horace Walpole and Mr.
Richard West. Account of the latter, with whom and with Mr. Wal-
pole a correspondence begins on their leaving school, and going to the
1. From Mr. WEST. Complains of his friend's silence.
2. To Mr. WEST. Answer to the former. A translation of some lines
3. From Mr. WEST. Approbation of the version. Ridicule on the
Cambridge Collection of Verses on the marriage of the Prince of
Preface of the Editor to the subsequent letter
4. To Mr. WEST. On the little encouragement which he finds given to
classical learning at Cambridge. His aversion to metaphysical and
5. From Mr. WEST. Answer to the former, advises his correspondent
not to give up poetry when he applies himself to the law
6. To Mr. WALPOLE. Excuse for not writing to him, &c.
7. From Mr. WEST. A poetical epistle addressed to his Cambridge
friends, taken in part from Tibullus and a prose letter of Mr. Pope. 21
8. To Mr. WEST. Thanks him for his poetical epistle. Complains of
low spirits. Lady Walpole's death, and his concern for Mr. H.
9. To Mr. WALPOLE. How he spends his own time in the country.
Meets with Mr. Southern, the dramatic poet
10. To Mr. WALPOLE. Supposed manner in which Mr. Walpole spends
11. From Mr. WEST. Sends him a translation into Latin of a Greek epi-
13. From Mr. WEST, on leaving the University, and removing to the
14. To Mr. WEST. A Sapphic Ode, occasioned by the preceding letter,
with a Latin postscript, concluding with an Alcaic fragment
15. From Mr. WEST. Thanks for his Ode, &c. His idea of Sir Robert
16. To Mr. WALPOLE. Congratulates him on his new place. Whimsical
description of the quadrangle of Peter-house
17. To Mr. WEST. On his own leaving the University 18. From Mr. WEST.
Short narrative, concluding the Section
Sends him a Latin Elegy in answer to Mr Gray's
Connecting narrative. Mr. Gray goes abroad with Mr. Walpole.
1. To his MOTHER. His voyage from Dover. Description of Calais.
4. To his MOTHER. Rheims. Its cathedral. Disposition and amuse
ments of its inhabitants
5. To his FATHER. Face of the country between Rheims and Dijon.
Description of the latter.
Monastery of the Carthusians and Cis
6. To Mr. WEST. Lyons. Beauty of its environs. Roman antiquities 57
8. To his MOTHER. Lyons. Excursion to the Grande Chartreuse. So
lemn and romantic approach to it. His reception there, and com-
9. To his FATHER. Geneva. Advantage of a free government exhi-
10. To his MOTHER. Journey over the Alps to Turin. Singular accident
19. To Mr. WEST. Genoa. Music. The Doge. Churches and the Pa