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694. Robert Southey to Joseph Haslewood, 12 July 1802 ⁠* 

Sir

I feel myself greatly obliged for the list of publications wherewith you have favoured me, & think it should be printed at full length with the observations as you have written it. [1]  Collectors will value the minuteness – & those who are not Collectors will have a compleat view of the controversy.

The pieces signed Asaphides in the Miscellanies [2]  have already been printed. it would perhaps then be proper to print all the others that have that signature at the end of Chattertons known poems. [3]  Whoever the writer was he certainly imitated Chatterton. there are some “Saxon poems” like Ethelgar & Gorthmond [4]  in the Ladys Magazine. [5] 

Those parallel passages which appeared worth reprinting I have placed as notes to the passage in the text. I am now sorry that this method was adopted before I could profit by those which you have collected.

For the assistance Sir which you have given & for what you may yet give, I shall make public acknowledgement [6]  – & feel private obligation.

I am Sir with respect

your obliged humble servant

Robert Southey.


Kingsdown. Bristol.

July 12. 1802.

Notes

* Address: To/ J Haslewood Esqr/ 46. Conduit Street
Stamped: Two Penny/ Post/ Ludgate Hill
Postmark: [partial] o’Clock/ JY 20/ 1802 EV
Watermark: 1801/ E & P
MS: British Library, C.39.h.20(1)
Unpublished. BACK

[1] ‘A Complete List Of the Various Publications incidental to the Works of CHATTERTON, and Upon the Subject of the Poems attributed to ROWLEY, for and against their Authenticity’, in Southey and Cottle’s The Works of Thomas Chatterton, 3 vols (London, 1803), III, pp. 526-537. BACK

[2] Miscellanies in Prose and Verse; by Thomas Chatterton (London, 1778), p. 84. BACK

[3] Southey and Cottle, The Works of Thomas Chatterton, 3 vols (London, 1803), III, p. 251 and n. *. BACK

[4] See Southey and Cottle’s The Works of Thomas Chatterton, 3 vols (London, 1803), III, pp. 5-11, 52-63. BACK

[5] The only work from the Lady’s Magazine, a monthly periodical that ran from 1770 to 1800, that Cottle and Southey attributed to Chatterton was ‘Cutholf’, The Works of Thomas Chatterton, 3 vols (London, 1803), III, pp. 251-258. BACK

[6] Haslewood was thanked in the ‘Preface’ to Southey and Cottle’s The Works of Thomas Chatterton, 3 vols (London, 1803), I, unpaginated. BACK

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