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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

A Bristowyan

A Poet!

A Wit.

The ultimate aim

Of the

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

Manuscript Project.

Lethargy is the death of Learning!

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Yours, &c. to the end of the chapter .Q.