(C8 + C811 + C812)

C811

1st June 1770 - 25 August 1770

Chatterton in Brooke Street

Lodging with Mrs Angel

Age 17,  (he won't reach 18)

NO 4 BROOKE STREET WYKHAM BRITISH MUSEUM

Mr's Angel's House ?

Brooke Street (1825/30)

(John Wykeham Archer)

Brooke St Holborn EHWM 1.JPG

Meyerstein's, A Life of Chatterton

Image dated 1825

house chatterton holbor 2.jpg

Illustrated London News

1857

Chatterton has moved from the restrictions and lack of privacy of Shoreditch, to his own attic room at Broke St, Holborn, London. He can now control what his family in Bristol might be told about his situation - nobody can belie him now, but he has just 12 weeks and 1 day to live.

Brooke Street, it is said, was a somewhat sleazy and run-down area but now, at last, Chatterton had the privacy he craved. The privacy he needed to put pen to paper and bring to light the works filling his head - that's how I see it - for what it's worth!

It is not known on what date Chatterton moved to Holborn, but I have selected June 1st as  his first day, based on the following: his letter to his mother dated the 14th May, states 'Direct for me, at Mr. Walmsley's, at Shoreditch - only, so at that point in time he had no plans to be anywhere else; The Death of Nicou, was dated Brooke-Street, 12th June - so a date in-between the two dates seems reasonable enough.

 

So, Chatterton is now in Brooke Street, but which house did he actually live in?

It has been claimed to be number 4, however, in a magazine 'The Train,' dated 1858, a writer demolishes Masson's 1856 essay, 'Chatterton: A story of the Year 1770,' and states that the house was actually number 39.  It took Masson until 1874 to publish his Chatterton essay as a stand alone book, where he corrects his errors, 'Chatterton: A Story of the Year 1770.' 

A letter from Moy Thomas, in the Athenaeum, December 1857, settles it.

The British Museum has a drawing by John Wykeham Archer, which dates to around 1825/30. He states the house to be No.4, and that Chatterton died in the garret (attic room) top left of the image. The curator at the BM corrects this, stating that No. 39, on the opposite side of the road, is where Chatterton lived and died

Nothing remains of the house in Brooke Street, so it hardly matters which house it was, apart from helping to determine the depth of research  (if any) a particular editor has put into the production of his work but, it must be said, it is so much easier these days.

Hunter of Oddities.jpg

One of Chatterton's earliest works produced in Brooke Street. Part of Letter VI from A Hunter of Oddities, which appeared in the Town & Country Magazine June 1770.

It reminds me of an anecdote/story in the Town and Country magazine for 1769, about Samuel Derrick challenging someone to a duel.

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C812

Chatterton's Works

Brooke Street, Holborn

1 June 1770 - 25 August 1770

 Authentic Works 

39 While at Brooke Street

The Death of Nicou, An African Eclogue

1: Written 1770. Pub. 1770

Maria Friendless Letter

3: Written 1770. Pub. 1770

Exhibition of Sign Paintings at the West End of Town

4: Written 1770. Pub. 1770

Letters to Mary Chatterton 19 & 29 June 1770

5: Written 1770. Pub. 1803

Speech of Sir John de Beauchamp

6: Written 1770. Pub. 1770

The False Step, a Real History

7: Written 1770. Pub. 1770

To Miss B-sh, of Bristol

8: Written 1770. Pub. 1770

The Revenge, A Burletta

9: Written 1770. Pub. 1795

A Bacchanalian sung by Mr Reinhold

10: Written 1770. Pub. 1795?/1803

The Invitation to be sung by Mrs Barthelemoon....

11: Written 1770. Pub. 1795?/1803

A Bacchanalian

12: Written 1770. Pub. 1795?/1803

The Virgin's Choice

13: Written 1770. Pub. 1795?/1803

The Happy Pair

14: Written 1770. Pub. 1795?/1803

Betsy of the Hill

15: Written 1770. Pub. 1784/1795

A Burlesque Cantata

16: Written 1770. Pub. 1784

Burletta. The Woman of Spirit

17: Written 1770. Pub. 1784

To Thomas Cary, 1st July 1770

18: Written 1770. Pub. 1837/1842

Genuine Copy of a Letter from the Earl of C--d to the...

19: Written 1770. Pub. 1771

An Excelente Balade of Charitie

20: Written 1770. Pub. 1777/1803

Letter to Sarah Chatterton, 8 July 1770

21: Published 1780.

Letter to Mary Chatterton, 11 July 1770

22: Published 1780

Letter to Mary Chatterton 20 July 1770

23: Published 1780

The Art of Puffing by a Bookseller's Journeyman

24: Written 1770. Pub. 1783

Memoirs of a Sad Dog

25: Written 1770. Pub. 1770

An African Song

26: Written 1770. Pub. 1770

Menenius. To William Lord M--d

27: Written 1770. Pub. 1770

From George Catcott, 8 August 1770

28: Pub. 1930

To George Catcott, 12 August 1770

29: Pub. 1792/1803

The Happy Pair. A Tale

31: Written 1770. Pub. 1771

Gorthmund

32: Written 1770. Pub. 1770

Colin Instructed

33: Written 1770. Pub. 1784

To John Rudhall and Baster, n.d

34: Written 1770. Pub. 1803

Impromtu on the Immortality of the Soul

35: Written 1770. Pub. ????

To a Friend on his Intended Marriage

36: Written 1770. Pub. 1803

The Resignation

37: Written 1770. Pub. 1780

From an Unknown Girl, n.d. The Letter Paraphras'd

38: Written 1770. Pub. 1856 (letter) / 1933 (paraphrase).

To William Smith n.d.

39: Written 1770. Pub. 1803

Works of Doubtful Authenticity

28 While at Brooke Street

Anecdote of Lord Ch---d

40: Writ1770 - Published 1770  TP1150A

An Elegy on the Much Lamented Death

of William Beckford, Esq.

41: Writ 1770 - Published 1770  TP1150

Anecdote on Judge Jeffries

42: Writ 1770 - Published 1770  TP1151

Old Bailey Intelligence Extraordinary, for 1770

44: Writ 1770 - Published 1770  TP1153

Ambulator's Exhibition

48: Writ 1770 - Published 1770  TP1156

Atticus. To the Right Reverend the Lord Bishop of Bristol

49: Writ 1770 - Published 1770  TP1157A

Catalogue of Pictures Every Day Exhibited

50: Writ 1770 - Published 1770  TP1157B

Naked and Friendless to the World Expos'd

51: Writ 1770 - Published 1770  TP1158

Letter 8 from a Hunter of Oddities

54: Writ 1770 - Published 1770  TP1154A

The Last Verses Written by Chatterton

52: Writ 1770 - Published 1770  TP1160

Letter 9 from a Hunter of Oddities

57: Writ 1770 - Published 1770  TP1166

Letter 10 from a Hunter of Oddities

58: Writ 1770 - Published 1770  TP1167

Adventures of a Star

59: Writ 1770 - Published 1770  TP1168

Letter 11 from a Hunter of Oddities

60: Writ1770? - Published 1770  TP1171A

Letter 12 from a Hunter of Oddities

61: Writ 1770 - Published 1770  TP1171B

One Hour after Marriage. A Tale

62: Writ 1770 - Published 1770  TP1172

1792 When that day of Death shall come

64: Writ 1770? - Published 1792 TP1174A

On a very Calm Sea

66: Writ Unknown date - Published 1971  TP1175A

Lines on Mrs. Haywood

67: Writ unknown date - Published 1815  TP175B

  Works Wrongly Attributed 

8 While at Brooke Street

  Lost Works