15. The attack was led by Robert Southey in the Monthly Review for November 1799. Southey accused Croft of having obtained material from Chatterton's mother and sister under false pretenses, of having printed it without their permission and of having enjoyed large profits while the family remained unremunerated. Croft also stood accused of having kept the material for twenty-one years. Southey himself later published three volumes of Chatterton's work and gave the profits to Chatterton's sister. See the article on Croft in the Dictionary of National Biography, 1888 ed., p. 109.


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