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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.

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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,


Your ever grateful humble Servant,


St. John's Square,

Jan. 1, 1820.


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


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

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

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


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Short narrative, concluding the Section



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


1. To his MOTHER. His voyage from Dover. Description of Calais. Abbeville. Amiens. Face of the country, and dress of the people 43 2. To Mr. WEST. Monuments of the Kings of France at St. Denis, &c. French opera and music. Actors, &c.

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3. To Mr. WEST. Palace of Versailles. Its gardens and water-works. Installation of the Knights du S. Esprit

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4. To his MOTHER. Rheims. Its cathedral. Disposition and amusements of its inhabitants

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5. To his FATHER. Face of the country between Rheims and Dijon. Description of the latter. Monastery of the Carthusians and Cis


7. From Mr. WEST.


6. To Mr. WEST. Lyons. Beauty of its environs. Roman antiquities 57 His wishes to accompany his friend. His retired Address to his Lyre, in Latin Sapphics, on the Gray's return

life in London.
prospect of Mr.

8. To his MOTHER. Lyons. Excursion to the Grande Chartreuse. Solemn and romantic approach to it. His reception there, and commendation of the monastery

9. To his FATHER. Geneva. Advantage of a free government exhibited in the very look of the people. Beauty of the lake, and plenty of its fish

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Journey over the Alps to Turin. Singular accident
Method of travelling over mount Cenis

in passing them.
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

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12. To Mr. WEST. Genoa. Music. The Doge. Churches and the Palazzo Doria




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13. To his MOTHER. Paintings at Modena. Bologna. Beauty and rich-
ness of Lombardy

14. To his MOTHER. The Appennines. Florence and its Gallery
15. To Mr. WEST. Journey from Genoa to Florence. Elegiac verses
occasioned by the sight of the plains where the battle of Trebia was

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16. From Mr. WEST. Latin Elegy, expressing his wishes to see Italy and Greece

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17. To his MOTHER. Death of the Pope. Intended departure for Rome. First and pleasing appearance of an Italian spring 18. To his MOTHER. Cathedral of Sienna. Viterbo. Distant sight of Rome. The Tiber. Entrance into the city. St. Peter's. Introduction of the Cardinal d'Auvergne into the Conclave

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19. To his MOTHER. Illumination of St. Peter's on Good Friday, &c. . 87 20. To Mr. WEST. Comic account of the palace of the Duke of Modena at Tivoli. The Anio. Its cascade. Situation of the town. Villas of Horace and Mecenas, and other remains of antiquity. Modern aqueducts. A grand Roman ball

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21. To Mr. WEST. An Alcaic Ode. Ludicrous allusion to ancient Roman customs. Albano and its lake, Castle-Gondolfo. Prospect from the palace; an observation of Mr. Walpole's on the views in that part of Italy. Latin inscriptions, ancient and modern

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22. To his MOTHER. Road to Naples. Beautiful situation of that city. Its bay. Of Baiæ, and several other antiquities. Some account of the first discovery of an ancient town, now known to be Herculaneum

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23. To his FATHER. Departure from Rome and return to Florence. No
likelihood of the Conclave's rising. Some of the cardinals dead.
Description of the Pretender, his sons, and court. Procession at

Naples. Sight of the King and Queen. Mildness of the air at

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24. From Mr. WEST. On his quitting the Temple, and reason for it 25. To Mr. WEST. Answer to the foregoing letter. Some account of Naples and its environs, and of Mr. Walpole's return to Florence 26. To his MOTHER. Excursion to Bologna. Election of a pope; description of his person, with an odd speech which he made to the cardinals in the Conclave

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27. To Mr. WEST. Description, in Latin hexameters, of the sudden rising of Monte Nuovo near Puzzoli, and of the destruction which attended it 28. To his FATHER. Uncertainty of the route he shall take in his return to England. Magnificence of the Italians in their reception of strangers, and parsimony when alone. The great applause which the new Pope meets with. One of his bon mots 29. To his FATHER. Total want of amusement at Florence, occasioned by the late Emperor's funeral not being public. A procession to avert the ill effects of a late inundation. Intention of going to Venice. An invasion from the Neapolitans apprehended. The inhabitants of Tuscany dissatisfied with the government

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30. To Mr. WEST. The time of his departure from Florence determined.



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