1762 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Whitehead

Thomas Gray to William Mason, 21 December 1762; Correspondence of Gray and Mason ed. John Mitford (1853) 292-93



Cambridge, Dec. 21, 1762.

DEAR MASON,

As to my pardon, for which you supplicate, you know too well how easily it is obtained without any reason at all; but now I have a very good one, as I have read the third book of the Ghost, where Churchill has so mumbled Mr. Whitehead, to who you owe all your principles (see the unpublished elegy de Amicitia), that it would be base in me to demand any further satisfaction. This only I shall add, that I would rather steal the Laureate's verses than his sentiments.