1778 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Chatterton

Horace Walpole to William Cole, 22 August 1778; Letters, ed. Cunningham (1906) 7:111.



Chatterton did abuse me under the title of Baron of Otranto, but unluckily the picture is more like Dr. Milles and Chatterton's own devotees, than to me, who am but a recreant antiquary, and, as the poor lad found by experience, did not swallow every fragment that was offered to me as an antique; though that is a feature he has bestowed upon me.