Herbert Croft Bibliography

Love and Madness 1780
?He believed that truth had a natural superiority over error, if it could only be heard; that if once discovered, it must, being left to itself, soon spread and triumph, and that the art of printing would not only accelerate this effect, but would prevent those accidents which had rendered the moral and intellectual progress of mankind hitherto so slow, irregular and uncertain.? (Hazlitt)

Croft achieved notoriety with Love and Madness, a Story too true, in a series of letters between Parties whose names could perhaps be mentioned were they less known or less lamented; a work which consisted of a collection of letters supposedly exchanged between Martha Ray, the mistress of Lord Sandwich, and a clergyman who was in love with her and eventually shot her. The book is noteworthy for containing Chatterton’s letters and a memoir based on then unpublished material.

Croft planned a revised edition of Johnson’s Dictionary and contributed a life of Edward Young to his Lives of the Poets. He also wrote a critical French dictionary and a number of other books in French. He became vicar of Prittlewell, Essex in 1786, but spent much of his time in Paris where he died on 26 April, 1816.