First Sample of Chatterton's Handwriting?
A Compleat History of the Holy Bible
There are three editions, 1737, 1739, 1740
It has been assumed that the bible
Is the 1737 edition - but is it?
Many pages & engravings are missing
As well as the Dated Title Page
The image below
Is from my own imperfect copy of 1737
Chatterton was taught his ABC
From an old French Music Folio
His Mother was tearing up for
Was taught to read
Using this bible
It is likely that he was influenced
By the now missing engravings
It would be useful to see the bible
In Original Condition &
Determine his earliest influences
I have Obtained Copies of
The 1739 & 1740 editions
And an imperfect 1737
I plan to Compare and Collate them
With the Family Bible
With Luck I will Recreate
The family bible resolves itself to be
The Rediscovery in 1881
Strangely Dilapidated old Bible
Created Much Excitement
It was claimed to be the Original
Chatterton Family Bible
Complete with Handwritten Details.
Vitriolic Arguments Ensued
In a magazine of the day
For & Against
The Genuineness of the Bible
Enter the Protagonists
The Bristol Librarian & Author
Author of The Life of Thomas Chatterton.
A Famous Bristol Book Dealer
Printed a Pamphlet About the Argument
New Facts Relating to The Chatterton Family.
His Family Donated the Bible
To Bristol Library in 1900
Figure out which Edition
The Family Bible is
Analyse the handwriting
Determine who wrote what!
There are five Contenders
Chatterton's Mother & Father
Mary, his sister; his Grandmother
And young Thomas himself
Does the Bible contain
The earliest sample of Thomas's handwriting?
Examine the Manuscript
Decide for Yourself!
When you Analyse old documents
It is as well to note the career of
The American counterfeiter & murderer
His Counterfeiting Shenanigans
Should give you pause for thought!
Hofmann was in Bristol in 1973
For his two-year Mormon mission
While in Bristol
He Bought an Old Bible from a shop
On the Christmas Steppes
It formed part of one of his infamous Frauds
Upon the Mormon Church.
He probably helped himself to
Blank pages from Antiquarian books
In Bristol Reference library
It is Likely that Chatterton
Was his inspiration
And why he chose Bristol
for his mission