The Rowley Poems - NOTES TO THE INTRODUCTION

NOTES TO THE INTRODUCTION

1. An extraordinary production for a boy of twelve, but we need not suppose that if 'Elenoure and Juga' were written in 1764 and not published until 1769 no alterations and improvements were made by its author in the period between these dates. Back.

2. From the engraving in Tyrwhitt's edition. Back.

3. See Southey and Cottle's edition, quoted in Skeat, ii, p. 123. Back.

4. Dean Miles has a delightful account of the reception accorded to Rowley in the Chatterton household. Neither mother nor sister would appear to have understood a line of the poems, but Mary Chatterton (afterwards Mrs. Newton) remembered she had been particularly wearied with a 'Battle of Hastings' of which her brother would continually and enthusiastically recite portions. Back.

5. Wilson believed that Chatterton never sent the Ryse, &c., at all (see page 173 of his Chatterton: A Biographical Study), but this is disposed of by the fact that the Ryse of Peyncteyning is the only piece of Chatterton's which contains Saxon words. Back.

6. March 28th, 1769. Back.

7. An account of Master William Canynge written by Thos. Rowley Priest in 1460. Skeat, Vol. III, p 219; W. Southey's edition, Vol. III, p. 75. See especially the last paragraph. Back.

8. See Letters of Horace Walpole, edited by Mrs. Paget Toynbee (Clarendon Press). Vol. XIV. pp. 210, 229 Vol. XV, p. 123. Back.

9. But attorneys are seldom 'in regrate' with the friends of Poetry. Back.

10. Masson's reconstruction of the scene between Chatterton and the editor of the Freeholder's Magazine is very convincing (see his Chatterton: a Biography, p. 160). Back.

11. Almost everything that we know of Chatterton in London was ascertained by Sir H. Croft and printed in his Love and Madness (see Bibliography). Back.

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