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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Eng 1279

Thomas Chatterton Bristol forgeries


The "Bristol forgeries" of English poet Thomas Chatterton.


  • Creation: 1768-1915

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.


.1 linear feet (1 volume)

Includes autograph manuscripts of Chatterton's forgeries of a fifteenth-century treatise and a fifteenth-century poem. Also includes published poems by Sir Ernest Clarke as well as two letters from Thomas Percy concerning Chatterton's forgeries.

Biographical / Historical

Chatterton was an English poet.


Arranged chronologically.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

68M-62. Gift of Arthur A. Houghton, Jr.; received: 1968 November 26.

Chatterton, Thomas, 1752-1770. Thomas Chatterton Bristol forgeries, 1768-1915: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
Language of description

Repository Details

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