1825 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Horace Walpole

Henry Mackenzie, Anecdotes and Egotisms, 1825 ca.; ed. Thompson (1927) 135.



Lord Orford blamed about Chatterton, I think unjustly; but the benevolent public, feeling for any person in distress, often takes up false impressions, and cries Shame! Shame! without any good reason. Chatterton was an unprincipled writer for newspapers and public journals, and was known in that character to Lord Orford (then Horace Walpole), and it was not wonderful that he should have been shy of patronizing the poet.