1755 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Whitehead

William Mason to Thomas Gray, 27 June 1755; Correspondence of Thomas Gray and William Mason, ed. John Mitford (1853) 33-34.



Pray, Mr. Gray, write soon (how strangely is my style changed since the beginning!) and tell me about Rousseau, or any thing: it is great charity I do assure you. I would have written to you before, but Hamburg and Reviews prevented me. Whitehead is here [at Hanover] with his lordlings; you would delight in Lord Nuneham, he is so peevish, and hates things so much, and has so much sense; Lord Villiers is Plumer exceedingly polished. Whitehead talks rather too much of Princesses of the Blood, in a way between jest and earnest, that most people must mistake and take for admiration. The rest of the English are, Earl of Peterhouse, Sutton, and just now Bagnal of Trinity, with grooms, dogs, tutors, and all. Whitworth is also soon expected; so that I think we shall soon have a pretty party enough. O, the deuce take that confounded drum and fife! it plagues me past endurance; I cannot write a word more. Adieu, and believe me yours with the greatest sincerity,

W. MASON.