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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

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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.

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CON TEN T S.

SECTION I.

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

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LETTER

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1. From Mr. West. Complains of his friend's silence.
2. To Mr. West. Answer to the former. A translation of some lines

from Statius
3. From Mr. West. Approbation of the version. Ridicule on the

Cambridge Collection of Verses on the marriage of the Prince of
Wales

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Preface of the Editor to the subsequent letter

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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. Walpole

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 11. From Mr. West. Sends him a translation into Latin of a Greek epi

gram 1%. To Mr. West. A Latin epistle in answer to the foregoing

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

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Short narrative, concluding the Section

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SECTION II.

Connecting narrative. Mr. Gray goes abroad with Mr. Walpole.

Corresponds, during his tour, with his parents and Mr. West

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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 cathedrali 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-
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
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

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