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Do you know anything of the Chatterton story?
I know that it is full of confusion and conflicting views!
And I know that he did forgeries and died in London.
..and so to bed, where I lay my head, never to rise again!
On the night of the 24th August 1770,
Chatterton laid his head
On the pillow of his pallet bed
He was 12 weeks short of his 18th birthday!
But that is not the end - not even close to the end:-
In fact it was the start of it all!
Chatterton became famously famous
Dozens of books were writ
Plays were played from Spain to France
Paintings were painted
Engravings were, well, engraved
Pots were turned -it's true, I have one
& Handkerchiefs were printed
Chatterton was the Talk of the Town
and Country (magazine)
His story went viral worldwide
He was the Darling of the Romantics
A true Influencer of his own times & beyond.
More importantly he was
A Mother's Son &
A Cheeky Monkey
A Sister's Brother
The ultimate aim
Chatterton Manuscript Project
Is to present images
Of all Chatterton related manuscripts
And First Printings if
The manuscript is not extant.
This will allow you
To read the earliest documents available
Rather than someone else's Interpretation!
That being said
I recently heard Prof. Nick Groom
Recite and explain an African Eclogue
By Chatterton - A true delight!
And an eye opener.
And so, raise your head from off that bed
Join me and fulfill the promise
Of the Thomas Chatterton
Lethargy is the death of Learning!
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Yours, &c. to the end of the chapter .Q.