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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 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 čaurel 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,
Your ever grateful humble Servant,
St. John's Square,
Jan. 1, 1820.
CON TEN TS.
Page INTRODUCTION. Mr. GRAY's birth. Education at Eton, where he commences a friendship with the Hon. Horace Walpole and Mr. Richard West. Account of the latter, with whom and with Mr. Walpole a correspondence begins on their leaving school, and going to the University
1. From Mr. West. Complains of his friend's silence.
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
18 6. To Mr. WALPOLE. Excuse for not writing to him, &c.
20 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.
25 9. To Mr. WALPOLE. How he spends his own time in the country, Meets with Mr. Southern, the dramatic poet
26 10. To Mr. WALPOLE. Supposed manner in which Mr. Walpole spends his time in the country
28 11. From Mr. West. Sends him a translation into Latin of a Greek epi
29 gram 12. To Mr. West. A Latin epistle in answer to the foregoing
Page 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
33 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 18. From Mr. West. Sends him a Latin Elegy in answer to Mr Gray's
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.
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 amusements 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-
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
60 8. To his Mother. Lyons. Excursion to the Grande Chartreuse. So
lemn and romantic approach to it. His reception there, and com-
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
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
69 12. To Mr. West. Genoa. Music. The Doge. Churches and the Palazzo Doria
13. To his MOTHER. Paintings at Modena. Bologna. Beauty and richness of Lombardy
74 14. To his Mother. The Appennines. Florence and its Gallery 76 15. To Mr. West. Journey from Genoa to Florence. Elegiac verses
occasioned by the sight of the plains where the battle of Trebiæ was
79 16. From Mr. West. Latin Elegy, expressing his wishes to see Italy and Greece
80 17. To his MOTHER. Death of the Pope. Intended departure for Rome. First and pleasing appearance of an Italian spring
82 18. To his Mother. Cathedral of Sienna. Viterbo. Distant sight of
Rome. The Tiber. Entrance into the city. St. Peter's. Intro-
83 19. To his MOTHER. Illumination of St. Peter's on Good Friday, &c. • 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
88 21. To Mr. West. An Alcaic Ode. Ludicrous allusion to ancient Ro
man customs. Albano and its lake, Castle-Gondolfo. Prospect from
92 22. To his MOTHER. Road to Naples. Beautiful situation of that city.
Its bay. Of Baiæ, and several other antiquities. Some account of
97 23. To his FATHER. Departure from Rome and return to Florence. No
likelihood of the Conclave's rising. Some of the cardinals dead.
99 24. From Mr. West. On his quitting the Temple, and reason for it
102 25. To Mr. West. Answer to the foregoing letter. Some account of
Naples and its environs, and of Mr. Walpole's return to Florence · 104 26. To his Mother. Excursion to Bologna. Election of a pope; des
cription of his person, with an odd speech which he made to the
108 27. To Mr. West. Description, in Latin hexameters, of the sudden rising
of Monte Nuovo near Puzzoli, and of the destruction which at-
110 28. To his FATHER. Uncertainty of the route he shall take in his return
to England. Magnificence of the Italians in their reception of
114 29. To his FATHER. Total want of amusement at Florence, occasioned
by the late Emperor's funeral not being public. A procession to
116 30. To Mr. West. The time of his departure from Florence determined.