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membered what the reverend Dr. Joseph Warton thought proper to tell the world of almost all his brother's writings, and even of his own " Ode to Fancy.” I

Let me now make your acquainted with the indisputable history of this boy till he left Briftol. As he says, in his “ story of Canynge,”

In all his theepen gambols, and child's play, At every merry-making, fair or wake, I kenn a purpled light of wisdom's ray ; He ate down learning with the wafle cake. As wife as any of thu aldermen, "He'd wit enough to make a mayor at ten, Beattie has hardly been able to invent a more firiking picture of his minstrel, than is exhibited of C. in a letter written by his fister, last year, to a gentleman who defired her to recollect every circuinstance concerning him, however trifting it might feem to her. The letter is lent to me, with " under the borrowed personage of a translator." He should not fo very uncharitally condemn the fui gery, whose respectable example gave a function to it, and might pollibly suggest the originab idea of it--for when C. ridicules Mr. W. in the story of “ Harry “4. Wildfire,” he calls him Baron Otranto : And, in the Eebruary before C.'s deceit began, Mr. W. published “ Historic doubes on « the life and reign of Richard' ini.” which C. perhaps considered as a bolder attempt than the creation of Rowley. The Editor.

I Warton's “ Essay on the Writings and Genius of Pope.". Cooper. 1756. P; 33, 243, &c.

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many charges of care. Pray be careful of it. In transcribing it, you will naturally preserve the false fpellings and stops. Let Ci's sister tell her own story in her own way. Sir Horace Warpool, for Mr. H. Walpole, &c. stamps authenticity on her artless tale. The anxiety shown in this letter to prove “he was a lover of truth from the earliest dawn of reasons,” is owing to what these two poor women (the mother and fifter) have heard about deceit, impostor and forgery. For Chatterton's fake, the English language should add another word to its dictionary; and thould not suffer the same term to signify a crime for which a man suffers the most ignominious punishment, and the deception of ascribing a false antiquity of two or three centuries to compositions for which the author's name deserves to live for ever. Suffer me to ask what the prudery of our critics would have faid had the song to Ella, or the chorus to Godwin, been. "produced by Mr. Warton's nephew, or by a reJation of Mr. Walpole? Should we then have been stunned in this manner with repetitions of impostor and forgery? The fins of the forgery. and the impostor would then have been boasted: by the child's most diftant relations, unto the third and fourth generations. Is Lady A. L. ac:


cused of forgery for her “ Auld Robin Gray?" Is Macpherson's name mentioned in the fame fentence with this unfeeling word forgery, even by those who believe Macpherson and Ofian to' be the same? “ When a rich man speaketh,' fays the fons of Sirach (you see I have not taken orders in vain), “every man holdeth his tongue: and lo! what he says is extolled to the clouds: but if a poor man speak, they fay, " What fellow is this ?---For the same reason the letter is careful to mention the copy-book covers, which C. told Catcott, &c. were, many of them, Rowley's MSS. But you will recollect that the father, by whom thefe MSS. are faid to have been cut up for this purpose, was himself a bit of a poet.

A gentleman, who saw these two women laft year, declares he will not be sure they might not easily have been made to believe that injured justice demanded their lives at Tyburn, for being, the mother and sister of him who was suspected to have forged the poems of Rowley. Such terror had the humanity of certain curious enquirers impressed upon their minds, by worrying them to declare the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth about the forgery---Strange-fated Ghatterton ! Hadft theu pofseffed fewer and less



eminent abilities, the world would now give thee credit for more and for greater abilities.

With regard to the fact, the mother and fifter either believe, or pretend to believe, with the pewterer, that all Rowley's poems came out of the old cheft in the church. - The cafe is, none of the three knows any thing of the matter.' Most readily I admit that, if Chatterton be arr impostor (i. es the wonderful human being 1 firmly believe him) he imposed upon every soul who knew him. This, with me, is one trait of his greatness.

It has been thought that murders and other crimes are pointed out to discovery by the finger of Providence. But “God's revenge against murder” is, in fact, only the fociableness of man's difpofition. That we may have been wisely made thus for this purpofe, among others, I do not deny. But Tyburn would see fewer exe-: cutions were man a less fociable animal. It is not good for him to be alone. Joy or forrow, villáiny or otherwise, we muft have fociety, we must communicate it. Man, in spite of grammar, is a rioun adjective. Does any one admire Junius for : faying that his fecret should die with him, and for keeping his word ? But this was only saying he would not enlarge the circle of those to whom


his secret was already known; for, that he wasy aş as he says, " the fole depofitary of his own fecret,” I cannot think. The original letters are clearly written in a female hand---But, Junius, is now known.

Let any man, at any time of life, make an ex. periment of not communicating to a single indie vidual, during twelve months, a single scheme, a single prospect, a single circumstance respecting himself, Let him try how it is to lock up every thing, trifling or serious, sad or merry, within, his own folitary breast. There are eafier tasks ---This boy did it during his whole life.

Very few fuch men as John the Painter* have appeared in the world, from whom his secret was only stolen by the traiterous hand of friendship: No such human being as this boy, at any period of life, has ever been known, or possibly ever will be known. The Spartan lad was far infe

rior, at my in till you fider how it applies. "His Secrecy was wonderful; yet lers wonderful than c.'s in exact proportion as his fecret was more criminal, and went more to his life. But you will not deny to be odd. what I know for a fact, that, among his papers, were some observations on Rowley's poems : if they have not been destroyed, they might surely be published. They could not endanger our dockyards, though written by John the Painter.-Can't you give a hint of this kind, Tome day, at your house 2 "Molt probably beli has them.

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