The Point of the Project:
All Chattertonian Manuscripts
To be Online
For Study & Collaboration
The Aim of the Project
Develop this website to
Include High-Quality Images
Of all Chattertonian Manuscripts
The Project needs Collaborators
To Photograph Documents Local to Them
All you need is a Smartphone;
Send me an email if you are able to help.
Are Widely Distributed
Making it extremely Difficult
To View or Study Them
We either live too far away
Or don't have the accreditation
That gets us into the
Hallowed Libraries of Massy Knowledge
As a Result, we Lose the Input of
Even Horace Walpole's 'Shade' has its hands
On Chatterton Manuscripts
Thanks to the Collecting Zeal of
Lefty-Lewis and the Lewis Walpole Library
(a department of Yale University)
I have Uploaded Numerous Manuscripts
I still have hundreds to Collate Crop
Adjust Delete Prepare & Upload
So many of the Manuscripts are
Due to George Catcott
A Friend and Mentor to Chatterton.
He seems Never to have let
The Quill Pen fall
From his Inky Fingers
Bristol & London are Key Locations
For Chatterton Related manuscripts.
Various Universities in England & America
Have some important Manuscripts too
Usually with a smaller number of pages
(Less Onerous to Photograph)
Unlike one of George Catcott's copy-books
Which has nearly 500 pages.
Do let me know if I can help your
Chatterton Researches in Any way.
The Dreaded Deluge or Infernal Inferno
The Lost Books & Manuscripts
Fire the Great Destroyer
Remember Notre Dame 2019
Remember the Cutty Sark 2007
Remember Windsor Castle 1992
Note Birmingham Library 1879
Fire Consumes too Often to be Complacent
Get Thee to the Cloud!
Consumed by Fire
Daniel Wilson's 1869 biography of Chatterton
Mentions the 1860 fire in Kerslake's Shop, Bristol
It destroyed "Manuscript Chattertoniana"
Collected by J. M. Gutch, and William Tyson
And further augmented by Thomas Kerslake'.
It also consumed the famous Fust manuscript.
Then, 20 years later, on October 9th, 1881
The 'Great Fire' in Canynges' House, Bristol
Destroyed the stock of
C. T. Jefferies, Printer & Bookseller.
Fortunately the Fabulous Canynges fireplace
Shown in the painting by E. H. Parkman
Survived the fire - See Below
Chattertonian Documents &
A.S.Catcott's Fossil Collection
Were destroyed when bombs landed
On Temple Church and Bristol Museum.
Should be Digitised ASAP!
Opt for the Cheap and Easy Answer
Use an Apple iPhone - it's good in low light
The Images on this Website
Show what can be Achieved
I think, therefore I am verbose!
However, verbosity can be wearing.
So I am experimenting a little
By centering the text that I write.
This helps me cut back on the padding
Which is the curse of documentaries on TV
I call it the Bends syndrome.
I have to say
So you know where you stand with me
I have a Real Fondness
For all Chattertonian Writers
Biographers Editors and Chancers
Whether their work be large or small
Derivative or Otherwise - at least they had a go!
As I write this I am surrounded by an array
Of Chatterton related books and periodicals
All of which I have used to work up the project
So many books and so many writers
Yet the Project is Driven, by two writers
Meyerstein, via 'A Life of Thomas Chatterton,'
Taylor, via 'The Complete Works of Thomas Chatterton'
A book I must mention is
'Thomas Chatterton 1752-1770,
An Annotated Bibliography'
by Jean C. Rowles, A.L.A,
It's a wonderful piece of work.
(I would love to hear from Jean one day)
Thanks to Dawn Dyer of (Bristol Library)
For telling me of this work.
I know that I go against the norm
With my liking for Dix, but with good reason
It was 1837 that brought me to Chatterton
I bought it for £5 from a bricks & mortar shop
In Bristol in the 1970s - Those were the Days
Yes Dix clouded the Chatterton story but
It is easy to discover the rights and wrongs of it
In any case, Meyerstein resolves the issues for us
I look at it like this: Dix was to Chatterton
What Hofmann was to the Mormons
Beyond Annoying in so many ways
But at least Dix didn't kill anyone
And he certainly Stirred things up - Just a Bit!
Over the last few years
I have taken thousands of photographs of
Manuscripts Postcards Newspapers Magazines
All sorts of Artifacts and Ephemera
I am Lucky that two of my Favourite Places
Bristol Reference Library, and Bristol Archives,
The source of most of my images to-date
Are Local and Wonderful!
Manuscripts Uploaded to the Project
Include the Following Writers:
Thomas Chatterton - obviously
George Catcott, Alexander Catcott, A. S. Catcott
William Barrett, Dr Fry, Dr Lort
Tyrwhitt, Richard Smith, William Blake
&c.; oh and Horace Walpole too!
George Played a Key role in Publicising Rowley
By Transcribing Chatterton's Works
Good old George was very, very prolific
Heads Up! So much to do and so little time