1804 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Chatterton

Robert Southey and Joseph Cottle "Chatterton's Works" Gentleman's Magazine 74 (August 1804) 722-23.



Mr. Urban,

We beg to communicate to the publick, throught the medium of your Miscellany, the result of the late subscription edition of Chatterton's Works, for the benefit of his sister, Mrs. Newton.

After using every endeavour for two years, it was found that the number of Subscribers were not sufficient to defray the expences of the proposed edition; when the Editors entered into an engagement with Messrs. Longman and Rees, who, on having the work secured to them, undertook to print it at their own expence, and to allow Mrs. Newton 350 copies gratis, for her own Subscribers, with a reversionary interest of 50 copies on the sale of every succeeding edition.

The following is a statement of the accounts [omitted; 350 copies were printed; 194 copies were sold to subscribers; an additional 17 delivered to subscribers who had not paid]. When the 128 copies, now in the hands of Booksellers, are sold, and the 17 Subscribers have paid for their copies, it will produce about 200 in addition to the above.

It will afford the Subscribers much pleasure to learn that Mrs. Newton lived to receive 184 15s. from the profits of her brother's works, which supported her in the decline of life, when (as she expressed it) she would otherwise have wanted bread.

Mrs. Newton having appointed, by will, two highly respectable Gentleman as her Executors, and as the undertaking is now brought nearly to a conclusion, the Editors have thought it proper to transfer the business to those Gentlemen, who have kindly undertaken to superintend this, and some other affairs, for the benefit of Miss Newton, the niece, and only surviving relative of Chatterton.

ROBERT SOUTHEY

JOSEPH COTTLE