Chatterton's Search for a Patron
Letters to James Dodsley
Bookseller & Publisher
Chatterton Age: 16
Apprentice at Lambert's
The Search for a Patron is Underway
Chatterton's Letters to Dodsley
First published in 1813
Before he wrote to Walpole, Chatterton first wrote to James Dodsley, Bookseller and Publisher. It was only after he failed to 'hook' Dodsley with a sample of his work, that he moved his search for a Patron to Horace Walpole.
As far as is known, Chatterton wrote only two letters to Dodsley. It is highly likely that Chatterton had replies from Dodsley but the letters have never been found. It is unlikely that Dodsley kept copies, and highly likely that Chatterton binned the originals - he didn't take rejection very well! I wonder if Dodsley, in his missing replies, recommended that Chatterton approach Walpole?