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Record 11160

Reading Experience:

'We had much talk among us of Chatterton, &, as he was best known in this part of the world, I attended particularly to the opinion of Dr. Harrington concerning him; & the more paricularly because he is uncommonly well versed in the knowledge of English Antiquities,- therefore was I much surprised to find it [italics] his [close italics] opinion that Chatterton was no Imposter, & that the Poems were authentic & Rowley's. Much, indeed, he said they had been modernised in his Copies, not by design, but from the difficulty of reading the old manuscript.'
Century: 1700-1799
Date: Between 1 Jan 1777 and 30 Apr 1780
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: n/a
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Henry Harington
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 1755
Socio-economic group: Clergy (includes all denominations)
Occupation: priest
Religion: Christian
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Thomas Chatterton
Title: The Rowley poems
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: Thomas Tyrwhitt, 1777
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 11160  
Source - Print  
  Author: Fanny Burney
  Editor: Betty Rizzo
  Title: The Early Journals and Letters of Fanny Burney
  Place of Publication: London: Oxford University Press
  Date of Publication: 2003
  Vol: IV
  Page: 89
  Additional comments: In a letter from Fanny Burney to Susanna Elizabeth Burney, dated 30 April 1780, from Bath.

Citation: Fanny Burney, Betty Rizzo (ed.), The Early Journals and Letters of Fanny Burney (London: Oxford University Press, 2003), IV, p. 89,, accessed: 21 February 2024

Additional comments:

FB continues 'A Book, however, is now publishing, that is to entirely clear up this so long disputed & very mysterious affair, by Dr, Mills, Dn of Exeter.'



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