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WILLIAM FOWLE MIDDLETON, ESQ.

SHRUBLAND PARK, SUFFOLK.

SIR,

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 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,

Jan. 1, 1820.

3761

CONTENTS.

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LETTER

13. From Mr. West, on leaving the University, and removing to the

Temple . . . . . . . . . . 32 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

Walpole . . . . . . . . . : 36 16. To Mr. WALPOLE. Congratulates him on his new place. Whimsical

description of the quadrangle of Peter-house · · · · 37 17. To Mr. West. On his own leaving the University

· 38 18. From Mr. West. Sends him a Latin Elegy in answer to Mr Gray's Sapphic Ode . . .

. . . . . 39 Short narrative, concluding the Section . . . . . 41

SECTION II.

Connecting narrative. Mr. Gray goes abroad with Mr. Walpole.
· Corresponds, during his tour, with his parents and Mr. West : 42

1. To his MOTHER. His voyage from Dover. Description of Calais.

Abbeville. Amiens. Face of the country, and dress of the people 2. To Mr. West. Monuments of the Kings of France at St. Denis, &c.

French opera and music. Actors, &c. . . . . . 46 3. To Mr. West. Palace of Versailles. Its gardens and water-works.

Installation of the Knights du S. Esprit . . . . 50 4. To his MOTHER. Rheims. Its cathedral. Disposition and amuse

ments of its inhabitants . . . . . . . 53 5. To his Father. Face of the country between Rheims and Dijon.

Description of the latter. Monastery of the Carthusians and Cis

tertians . . . . . . . . . . 56 6. To Mr. West. Lyons. Beauty of its environs. Roman antiquities 57 7. From Mr. West. His wishes to accompany his friend. His retired

life in London. Address to his Lyre, in Latin Sapphics, on the

prospect of Mr. Gray's return · · · · · · 60 8. To his MOTHER. Lyons. Excursion to the Grande Chartreuse. So

lemn and romantic approach to it. His reception there, and com

mendation of the monastery . . . . . . 61 9. To his FATHER. Geneva. Advantage of a free government exhi

bited in the very look of the people. Beauty of the lake, and

· plenty of its fish · · · · · · · · 64 10. To his MOTHER. Journey over the Alps to Turin. Singular accident

in passing them. Method of travelling over mount Cenis . . 66 11. To Mr. West. Turin. Its carnival. More of the views and scenery

on the road to the Grande Chartreuse. Wild and savage prospects

amongst the Alps agreeable to Livy's description . . . 69 1%. To Mr. West. Genoa. Music. The Doge. Churches and the Pa lazzo Doria . .

. . . . . . 72

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