9. Horace Walpole in a letter to the Reverend William Cole, 13 March 1780 in Correspondence, ed. W.S.Lewis, vol. 2, London: Oxford University Press, 1937, 155-156. The "defence" referred to by Walpole was his own against charges that he contributed to Chatterton's death by contumacious statements concerning him. Variations in the spelling of Martha Ray's name such as those found here and elsewhere are unsurprising in an eighteenth-century context.


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