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WORKS

OF

THOMAS GRAY;

Containing his

POEMS, AND CORRESPONDENCE WITH SEVERAL EMINENT

LITERARY CHARACTERS.

To which are added,

MEMOIRS

OF

HIS LIFE AND WRITINGS,

BY W. MASON, M. A.

THE THIRD EDITION, CAREFULLY CORRECTED.

IN TWO VOLUMES.

VOL. II.

LONDON:
PRINTED FOR VERNOR, HOOD, AND SHARPE; J. AND A. ARCH;
J. WALKER; LONGMAN, HURST, REES, AND ORME;

J. MURRAY; AND J. BOOKER;
At the Union Printing-Office, St. John's Square, by W. Wilson,

1807.

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LETTER 10. To Mr. West.-Of his own peculiar species of

melancholy.-Inscription for a wood in Greek Hexameters.Argument and exordium of a Latin Heroic Epistle from Sophonisba to Massinissa

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Account of Mr. West's death.–Of Mr. Gray's English Poetry,

written about this time, with the general plan, argument of the first book, and all the parts which the Author finished of a Latin Didactic Poem, “De Principiis Cogitandi"

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Prefatory narrative.--Mr. Gray takes his degree in Civil Law,

and makes Cambridge his principal residence for the rest of his life.—The Editor of these Memoirs becomes acquainted with him in the year 1747.--He corresponds with Dr. Wharton and several other persons till the year 1768, when he is appointed Professor of Modern History

P. 23

LETTER 1. To Dr. WHARTON, on taking his degree of Bachelor

of Civil Law

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Fragment of an Hymn to Ignorance

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LETTER 2. To Dr. WHARTON.-—Ridicule on University lazi

ness.--Of Dr. Akenside’s Poem on the Pleasures of Imagi

nation LETTER 3. To Dr. WHARTON.—His amusements in Town.

Reflections on riches.-Character of Aristotle LETTER 4. To Mr. WALPOLE.-Ridicule on Cibber's Observa

tions on Cicero.-On the modern Platonic Dialogue.--Account

of his own and Mr. West's poetical compositions p. 38 LETTER 5. To Mr. WALPOLE.-Criticisms on Mr. Spence's

Polymetis LETTER 6. T. Mr. WALPOLE.—Ludicrous compliment of conCrebillion's Catalina.-Birch's State Papers.--Of his own studies, and a table of Greek Chronology, which he was then forming

dolence on the death of his favourite Cat, inclosing an Ode on

that subject LETTER 7. To Dr. WHARTON.-Loss by fire of a house in Corn

hill.--On Diodcrus Siculus.-M. Gresset's Poems.-Thomson's Castle of Indolence.--Ode to a Water-Nymph, with a character

of its Author LETTER 8. To Dr. WHARTON.-More on M. Gresset.--Account

of his own projected Poem on the alliance between government and education

p. 19

P. 45

p. 47

Fragment of that Poem, with a commentary, notes, and detached

sentiments relative to it

P. 53

LETTER 9. To Dr. WHARTON.-Character of M. de Montes

quieu's L'Esprit des Loix LETTER 10. To Dr. WHARTON.- Account of books continued.

P. 64 p. 86

p. 63 Letter 11. To Dr. WHAKTON.--Ludicrous account of the Duke

of Newcastle's Installation at Cambridge.-On the Ode then

performed, and more concerning the Author of it LETTER 12. To his MOTHER.–Consolatory on the death of her sister

p. 70 Letter 13. To Dr. WHARTON.-Wishes to be able to pay him

a visit at Durham.-On Dr. Middleton's death. Some account of the first volumes of Buffon's Histoire Naturelle

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p. 68

p. 72

Narrative of the incident which led Mr. Gray to write his

Long Story.--That Poem inserted, with Notes by the Editor, and prefaced with his idea of Mr. Gray's peculiar vein of humour

p. 74

LETTER 14. To Dr. Wharton.—On the ill reception which the

foregoing Poem met with in town when handed about in manuscript, and how much his Elegy in a Country Church-Yard was

applauded LETTER 15. To Mi. WALPOLE.-Desires him to give his Elegy

to Mr. Dodsley to be printed immediately, in order to prevent

its publication in a wa'azine LETTER 16. To Dr. WHARTON.----O Madame Maintenon's Cha

racter and Letters. His high opinion of M. Racine._Of Bishop Hall's Satires, and of a few of Plato's Dialogues

p. 89 LETTER 17. To Mr. WALPOLE.-Concerning the intention of

publishing Mr. Bentley's designs for his Poems --Refuses to have his own portrait prefixed to that work

p. 88

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