COLTON, Caleb. 16313



Autograph Receipt Signed ‘C.Colton’, having borrowed from Mr. French “forty francs to be repaid from the first proceeds of coming Sale”. Together with a manuscript poem by Colton, in Latin, unsigned. Receipt 2 x 6 inches, formerly mounted; poem 2 pp. 8 x 6 inches. Paris, 8 April 1830. A scarce autograph. Charles Caleb Colton (1780–1832) was an English cleric, poet, gambler and collector, known for his eccentricities. Toward the end of 1820, Colton published Lacon, or Many Things in Few Words, addressed to those who think., in a small cheap edition. It attracted attention and praise, however, and five additional printings were issued in 1821. Lacon, Vol. II appeared in 1822. In 1822, Colton re-published a previous work on Napoleon, with extensive additions, under the title of The Conflagration of Moscow. In Paris he printed An Ode on the Death of Lord Byron for private circulation and continued to write. At his death he left an unpublished poem of 600 lines called Modern Antiquity.