1806 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Thomas Fry

Edward Rushton, note to "To the Memory of Chatterton" in Rushton, Poems (1806) 163n.



The late Dr. Fry, head of St. John's College, Oxford, went to Bristol on purpose to inquire into the particulars of Rowley's poems, and to patronize Chatterton should he prove the author, or to deserve encouragement; but alas! he was too late! all he could learn of this astonishing boy, was, that within a few days he had poisoned himself in London!