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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 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,
Your ever grateful humble Servant,
St. John's Square,
Jan. 1, 1820.
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
mathematical studies 5. From Mr. West. Answer to the former, advises his correspondent not to give up poetry when he applies himself to the law
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 epigram
29 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 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
S7 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
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 amuse
ments of its inhabitants
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
plenty of its fish 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 Pa