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Chatterton's Two Letters to James Dodsley

Chatterton is 16 years old and still an Apprentice at Lambert's

Chatterton's Search for a Patron is Underway

Before he wrote to Walpole, Chatterton first wrote to James Dodsley, the 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.

It seems that Chatterton wrote only these two letters to Dodsley. Unfortunately, Dodsley's replies (if he did reply), are missing. It is likely that Chatterton didn't take rejection very well, it is also likely that he destroyed any negative replies he did get. If Dodsley did reply, I wonder if he recommended that Chatterton approach Walpole?  

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Thomas Chatterton

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Robert Dodsley brother of James Dodsley.

No image of James Dodsley. 

Here's one of his brother -

A family likeness perhaps.

Chatterton's First  Letter to Dodsley

21st Dec, 1768

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The First Printing above is from: Britton's Redcliffe Church 1813 : View

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 Location of the manuscript:  The rather fabulous

Houghton Hyde Room, Harvard University.

(Donald F. Hyde Collection)

We await the courtesy of a photograph of the original MS.

Chatterton's Second Letter to Dodsley

15th February, 1769

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 The First Printing above is from: Britton's Redcliffe Church 1813 :   View

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 Location of Manuscript: The rather grand

Historical Society of Pennsylvania

We await the courtesy of a photograph of the original MS.

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