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The Point of the Project:

All Chattertonian Manuscripts

To be Online

For Study & Collaboration

Genius conducting the child chatterton to her altar

Genius Conducting the Child Chatterton to Her Altar

Early Transcript Songe to Ella

Early Transcript of Songe to Ella

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.

Chattertonian Manuscripts

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 

Potential collaborators.

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.

Chatterton's Signature 14th May 1770
Catcott Psalm 104

  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!

Birmingham Central Library Destroyed by Fire 1879
Chatterton's Signature 14th April - Mock Will

Chattertonian Documents

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

canynges House Fire 1881 E.H.Parkman
Canynges Fireplace

The Blitz

Chattertonian Documents &

A.S.Catcott's Fossil Collection

Were destroyed when bombs landed

On Temple Church and Bristol Museum.

Heads Up

Irreplaceable Manuscripts

Should be Digitised ASAP!

Too Costly? 

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

Project Status

& Development

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

Anagram Chatterton's Signature

Hasmot Tnchaorett - Catcott Transcription

Chatterton letter to Sarah his mother

Chatterton's letter to his Mother. 

Ex Martha (Patty) More collection

Collaborate with the Project

Heads Up! So much to do and so little time