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" Our friend, Dr. Hurd, having long ago desired me in your name to communicate any fragments, or sketches of a design I once had to give a history of English poetry, you may well think me rude or negligent, when you see me hesitating for so many months... "
The General Biographical Dictionary:: Containing an Historical and Critical ... - Page 169
1817
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A HISTORY OF ENGLISH POETRY

W. J. COURTHOPE, M.A. - 1895
...letter which he wrote to Warton on the occasion is as follows : — PEMBROKE HALL, i$th April 1770. or negligent, when you see me hesitating for so many...pleased than I to find this subject (surely neither uninteresting nor unuseful) had fallen into hands so likely to do it justice : few have felt a higher...
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The Letters of Thomas Gray: Including the Correspondence of Gray ..., Volume 3

Thomas Gray - Poets, English - 1912
...CCCLXII. To Thomas Warton.1 Pembroke Hall, April 15, 1770. SIB— Our friend, Dr. Hurd, having long ago desired me, in your name to communicate any fragments...a design, I once had, to give a History of English Poetry,2 you may well think me rude or negligent, 1 Mitford tells us that this letter was in the possession...
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