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HENRY KIRKE WHITE,
LATE OF ST. JOHN'S COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE
AN ACCOUNT OF HIS LIFE.
BY ROBERT SOUTHEY, LL. D.
No marble marks thy couch of lowly sleep,
FROM THE LAST LONDON EDITION
Lymen Thurston & Co. Stereotypers.
It fell to my lot to publish, with the assistance of my friend Mr. Cottle, the first collected edition of the works of Chatterton, in whose history I felt a more than ordinary interest, as being a native of the same city, familiar from my childhood with those great objects of art and nature by which he had been so deeply impressed, and devoted from my childhood with the same ardor to the same pursuits. It is now my fortune to lay before the world some account of one whose early death is not less to be lamented as a loss to English literature, and whose virtues were as admirable as his genius. In the present instance there is nothing to be recorded but what is honorable to himself, and to the age in which he lived ; little to be regretted, but that one so ripe for heaven should so soon have been removed from the world.
Henry Kirke White, the second son of Jonn and Mary White, was born in Nottingham, March 21st, 1785. His father is a butcher; his mother, whose maiden name was Neville, is of a respectable Staffordshire family.
From the years of three till five, Henry learned to read at the school of Mrs. Garrington; whose name, unimportant as it may appear, is mentioned, because she had the good sense to perceive his extraordinary ca.