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2010

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Table of Contents

Introduction
A   William Godwin, correspondence & papers, 1772-1836
    A.1   Diaries, 1788-1836
    A.2   Correspondence, [1780]-1835, n.d.
        A.2.1   Original correspondence [1780]-1835, n.d.
        A.2.2   Draft & fair copy, [1784]-1834, n.d.
        A.2.3   Letterpress ('wet-transfer') copies, 1795-1805, n.d.
    A.3   Literary papers, 1788-1836, n.d.
        A.3.1   Plays, 1790, n.d.
        A.3.2   Poems, n.d.
        A.3.3   Novels and fiction fragments, ?1805-c. 1830, n.d.
        A.3.4   Non-fiction, 1793-c. 1834, n.d.
        A.3.5   Essays & non-fiction fragments, 1797-1824, n.d.
        A.3.6   Prefaces, prospectuses, plans, 1816-33, n.d.
        A.3.7   Obituaries & reviews by Godwin, c. 1797-1820
        A.3.8   Open letters, 1785-[1821]
        A.3.9   Sermons & speeches (including juvenilia), 1772-c. 1831-2, n.d.
        A.3.10   Advertisements of Godwin's works, 1806-30, n.d.
    A.4   Criticism, c. 1784-1835, n.d.
        A.4.1   Critique by others of Godwin's works, c. 1784-1835, n.d.
        A.4.2   Critique of others' works, 1826, n.d.
    A.5   Notes, 1788-1831, n.d.
        A.5.1   Autobiographical, 1788-1831
        A.5.2   Writing notes, c. 1790-c. 1836 (mainly undated)
        A.5.3   Reading notes, n.d.
        A.5.4   Historical, n.d.
        A.5.5   Philosophical, n.d.
        A.5.6   Religious, n.d.
        A.5.7   General criticism and biography, 1814, n.d.
        A.5.8   Political, n.d.
        A.5.9   Miscellaneous notes, n.d.
    A.6   Legal & financial papers, 1793-1834, n.d.
        A.6.1   Book proposals, 1798-?1807, n.d.
        A.6.2   Contract agreements, 1793-1834
        A.6.3   Business papers, 1811-c. 1825, n.d.
        A.6.4   Fundraising, c. 1811-23
        A.6.5   Miscellaneous legal, 1834, n.d.
    A.7   Copies & extracts, 1793-1836
        A.7.1   Copied letters, 1798-1820, n.d.
        A.7.2   Extracts of poetry, plays, memoirs etc., 1793-1835
B   Mary Wollstonecraft, correspondence & papers, [1785]-1797, n.d.
    B.1   Correspondence, [1785]-1797, n.d.
    B.2   Papers, 1795
C   Wollstonecraft sisters, correspondence & papers, 1783-1843
    C.1   Mary to Everina Wollstonecraft & Eliza Bishop, 1783-94, n.d.
    C.2   Letters to Everina Wollstonecraft, 1786-1843
        C.2.1   Original correspondence, 1786-1843
        C.2.2   Copy letters, 1838
    C.3   Letters to Eliza Bishop, 1785, n.d.
    C.4   Papers, 1798
D   Mary Jane Godwin correspondence & papers, 1801-36, n.d.
    D.1   Original correspondence, 1801-36
    D.2   Papers, 1817, n.d.
E   Letters & papers between third parties (Godwin era), [1786]-1832, n.d.
    E.1   Letters, [1786]-1832, n.d.
        E.1.1   Original letters, [1786]-1832, n.d.
        E.1.2   Drafts, n.d.
    E.2   Papers, c. 1799-1800, n.d.
F   Mary Shelley, correspondence and papers, ?1782-1876
    F.1   Journals of Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Shelley, 1814-76
    F.2   Original correspondence, [1816]-1850, n.d.
    F.3   Copied material, mainly for the 'Life of William Godwin' ?1782-1820
    F.4   Manuscripts, 1818-c. 1849, n.d.
        F.4.1   Novels & short stories, 1818-19, n.d.
        F.4.2   Poem, 1825
        F.4.3   Translations, c. 1844-9
        F.4.4   'Life of William Godwin', c. 1836-40
        F.4.5   Non-fiction works, [1816], n.d.
        F.4.6   Greek studies, [1821], n.d.
    F.5   Poems by others, 1809-44, n.d.
    F.6   Personal papers, 1821-49, n.d.
        F.6.1   Drawings & prints, 1832, n.d.
        F.6.2   Inventories & lists, 1822, n.d.
        F.6.3   Extracts & printed ephemera, 1821-36, n.d.
        F.6.4   Financial, 1849, n.d.
G   Percy Bysshe Shelley, correspondence & papers, 1810-22, n.d.
    G.1   Correspondence, 1810-22, n.d.
        G.1.1   Original correspondence, 1810-22, n.d.
        G.1.2   Drafts, [1820]
    G.2   Papers, ?1817, n.d.
H   Jane Williams, correspondence & papers, 1819-60, n.d.
    H.1   Correspondence, 1819-60, n.d.
        H.1.1   Letters to Jane Williams, 1819-33, n.d.
        H.1.2   Drafts, 1843-60, n.d.
    H.2   Papers, n.d.
I   Letters & papers between third parties (Percy and Mary Shelley era), 1815-?1838, n.d.
    I.1   Journals of John Gisborne, 1827-31, n.d.
    I.2   Original letters, 1815-?1838, n.d.
    I.3   Drafts, n.d.
J   Sir Percy Florence and Jane, Lady Shelley correspondence & papers, 1810-98, n.d.
    J.1   Correspondence of Jane, Lady Shelley, 1851-98, n.d.
        J.1.1   Letters to Jane, Lady Shelley, 1851-98, n.d.
        J.1.2   Drafts, [1878]-1892, n.d.
    J.2   Sir Percy Florence Shelley correspondence, 1834-c. 1886, n.d.
        J.2.1   Letters to Sir Percy Florence Shelley, 1834-58
        J.2.2   Outgoing, draft, [1839]-c. 1886, n.d.
    J.3   Copied material (for 'Shelley Memorials' and 'Shelley and Mary'), 1810-?1850
        J.3.1   Letters, 1810-?1850
        J.3.2   Papers, 1814-20, n.d.
    J.4   Literary manuscripts, 1838-96, n.d.
        J.4.1   'Shelley Memorials', notes and drafts, c. 1859
        J.4.2   'Shelley and Mary', notes and drafts, c. 1882-1885
        J.4.3   Notes and drafts (unknown works), [1819]-1896, n.d.
        J.4.4   Plays, stories, poems, 1830, n.d.
    J.5   Literary papers, 1845-87, n.d.
        J.5.1   Criticism, 1862-c. 1885, n.d.
        J.5.2   Notes, c. 1886, n.d.
        J.5.3   Lists, n.d.
        J.5.4   Extracts & ephemera, 1845-87, n.d.
    J.6   Personal papers, 184[?5]-98, n.d.
        J.6.1   Legal, c. 1848-98, n.d.
        J.6.2   Miscellaneous, 1857-83
        J.6.3   Drawings & prints, c. 1892, n.d.
        J.6.4   Photographs, n.d.
K   Letters & papers between third parties (Sir Percy and Jane Shelley era, and later), 1857-1937, n.d.
    K.1   Letters, 1857-1937, n.d.
    K.2   Papers, 1904-5
L   Secondary materials, n.d.
    L.1   Wrappers, labels & lists, n.d.
    L.2   Boxes & folders, n.d.


The Abinger Papers, 1780-1937

Abstract:
Correspondence and papers of the Godwin and Shelley families, chiefly William Godwin (1756-1836), philosopher and author; with the correspondence and papers of his family, including his wife, the novelist and essayist Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-97); daughter, the author Mary Shelley (1797-1851); her husband, the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822); and Mary and Percy Bysshe Shelley's son Sir Percy Florence Shelley (1819-89), and his wife, Jane, Lady Shelley (d. 1899)


Shelfmarks: MS. Abinger b. 1-6; c. 1-31, 31*, 32-92; d. 1-38; e. 1-69

Extent: 206 shelfmarks

Note: The 'Dep.' shelfmarks have been superceded by the shelfmark 'MS. Abinger'. Please see the Conspectus of shelfmarks from 'Dep' to 'MS. Abinger'..

Biographical History

The Abinger collection comprises the correspondence and papers of three generations of the Godwin & Shelley families. This includes the majority of the surviving correspondence and papers of the philosopher and author William Godwin and his first wife, the feminist author Mary Wollstonecraft, and second wife, the translator and bookshop owner Mary Jane Clairmont, as well as the correspondence of Everina Wollstonecraft and Eliza Bishop, Mary Wollstonecraft's sisters. The remainder of the collection includes those letters and papers of Godwin and Wollstonecraft's daughter, Mary Shelley, and her husband Percy Bysshe Shelley, not given to the Bodleian Library in the nineteenth- and early twentieth centuries (see MS. Shelley and MS. Shelley adds.). Finally, the collection contains the (mainly Shelley-memoir related) correspondence and papers of Percy and Mary Shelley's son Sir Percy Florence Shelley, and his wife Jane Shelley.

As reflected in the current arrangement of the collection, each generation of the family was involved in the copying, description and organisation of these papers, mainly in order to write or expedite family memoirs and biographies. William Godwin arranged the correspondence of his wife Mary Wollstonecraft in order to write 'Memoirs of the Author of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman' (1798). Mary Shelley collected William Godwin's correspondence (which involved recalling Godwin's outgoing correspondence from his friends) in order to write the, unfinished, 'Life of William Godwin' (c. 1836-40). Mary Shelley also edited her husband, Percy Bysshe Shelley's works. Jane, Lady Shelley edited two Shelley-related works, 'Shelley Memorials' (1859) and 'Shelley and Mary' (1882). Sir Percy and Jane Shelley also commissioned or loaned material to the authors of several other Shelley-related works, including Thomas Jefferson Hogg for 'Life of Shelley' (1858) and Edward Dowden for 'Life of Percy Bysshe Shelley' (1886).

Please see the provenance section, below, for more information about the history of the collection. For further information about the Godwin & Shelley family, please see the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Scope and Content

The papers are arranged generationally, and comprise first: William Godwin's diaries, correspondence and papers; Mary Wollstonecraft's correspondence and papers; Everina Wollstonecraft & Eliza Bishop correspondence and papers; Mary Jane Godwin correspondence and papers; third-party correspondence and papers from the Godwin period. Second: Mary Shelley correspondence and papers; Percy Bysshe Shelley correspondence and papers; Jane Williams Hogg correspondence; third-party diaries and correspondence from the Shelley period. Third: Jane Shelley correspondence; Sir Percy Florence Shelley correspondence; Sir Percy Florence and Jane Shelley papers; third-party correspondence and papers from the Shelley/Abinger period. Fourth: secondary materials (original wrappers, labels, lists, boxes).

Select Bibliography

Bennett, Betty, Letters of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, 1980-88.

Clemit, Pamela, The letters of William Godwin. Volume I: 1778-1797, 2011

Note: The first volume of the definitive edition of William Godwin's letters was published after the completion of this online catalogue. It contains much additional research to provide new identifications and datings for his outgoing and incoming correspondence, which may supplement and extend the information provided here.

Clemit, Pamela, William Godwin and Jame Watt's copying Machine: wet-transfer copies in the Abinger Papers in The Bodleian Library Record, 18/5 (April 2005), pp 532-60

Garrett, Martin Mary Shelley Chronology, 2002

Shelley, Mary Life of William Godwin, ed. Judith Barbour, 1998 [http://setis.library.usyd.edu.au/godwin/]

St Clair, William The Godwins and The Shelleys, 1989

Stocking, Marion, The Clairmont Correspondence, 1995

Arrangement

Most material in each series is arranged chronologically.

History and Provenance of the Abinger Collection

The Abinger papers are the residue of the collection of Shelley family papers from Boscombe Manor (near Bournemouth, Dorset), the home of Sir Percy Florence Shelley, 3rd Baronet of Castle Goring (1819-1889), and his wife Jane, Lady Shelley (1820-1899). Sir Percy had inherited the family archive from his mother, Mary Shelley (1797-1851). She was the central figure in its initial formation, for alongside her own papers she had accumulated those of her husband, Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), her parents William Godwin (1756-1836) and Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797), and her aunt Everina Wollstonecraft (1765-1843). She also added further papers from other members of the Shelley and Godwin circles, including returned letters, through her editorial and biographical researches on her husband and father.

In the last years of her life, Mary Shelley developed a close relationship with her daughter-in-law. Accordingly, it was Lady Shelley who took the lead after 1851 in caring for and augmenting the family papers. She established within Boscombe Manor a shrine-like 'Sanctum' to house and display papers, portraits and relics, accessible only to the family and their chosen visitors. Biographical projects encouraged the collection of further papers and relics, still from personal contacts but also increasingly through the saleroom. Lady Shelley herself drew extensively on the augmented family archive for her Shelley Memorials (1859) and the privately-printed Shelley and Mary (4 vols., 1882).Over the years, Sir Percy and Lady Shelley also encouraged biographies and editions by friends such as Thomas Jefferson Hogg (until the inevitable quarrel), Richard Garnett, Charles Kegan Paul, Edward Dowden and Florence Marshall, whilst keeping other would-be editors and biographers such as Henry Buxton Forman and William Michael Rossetti at arm's length. Papers and correspondence for some of these negotiations duly entered the archive.

After Sir Percy's death in 1889, Lady Shelley spent her last decade in finding homes for parts of the Boscombe collection, concentrating especially on the literary papers of Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Shelley. At Oxford, following the centenary of Shelley's birth, she endowed the Shelley Memorial at University College (1893) and gave selected notebooks, letters and relics to the Bodleian Library (1893 and 1894). She bequeathed most of Shelley's other working notebooks, with further relics and papers, to her husband's cousin and the heir to his baronetcy, John Courtown Edward Shelley, who later changed his name to Sir John Shelley-Rolls (1871-1951). Sir John gave the notebooks to the Bodleian Library in 1946, and bequeathed the rest to the Library, subject to his wife's life-interest (received 1961). All these earlier, non-Abinger donations from the Boscombe collection are preserved at the Bodleian as 'MSS. Shelley' and [printed] 'Shelley', and (amongst accessions from other sources) as 'MSS. Shelley adds.' and [printed] 'Shelley adds.'

The Abinger collection thus comprises all those items which were not specifically allocated by Lady Shelley, either during her lifetime or in her will: the remainder of the family archive, including the great mass of William Godwin papers and the scantier remnants of Mary Wollstonecraft's; the Shelleys' incoming correspondence; and three major treasures, Godwin's 32-volume journal, the 5-volume journal of Mary (with Percy) Shelley, and the surviving fragments of the draft and fair-copy manuscripts of Frankenstein. Lady Shelley bequeathed her houses with their residual contents to her two eldest grandsons (by adoption), Shelley Scarlett and Robert Scarlett. These were the children of her niece, Bessie Florence Scarlett (née Gibson), whom she and Sir Percy had adopted. Bessie had married Leopold Scarlett, in whose family lay the barony of Abinger. Leopold died in 1888 before he could inherit the title, but Shelley Scarlett and Robert Scarlett became respectively the 5th and 6th Barons Abinger, both childless. Their deaths in 1917 and 1927 provided some leakage onto the market -- notably printed books from the Shelley family library -- but the papers were passed down en masse to their brother Hugh, the 7th Baron Abinger.

When Hugh's son James became the 8th Baron Abinger on his father's death in 1943, he took a serious and well-informed interest in the family papers. He arranged or rearranged some papers into folders, made typescript lists of the folders' contents and combined them into a typescript catalogue. In 1948 and 1952 he allowed all or nearly all the papers to be microfilmed at his house at Clees Hall, Bures, Suffolk, for Duke University Library. This project was initiated in 1948 by Professor Newman I. White of Duke University and completed in 1952 by Marion Kingston. The Bodleian owns a copy of her typescript list (MS. Shelley adds. d. 11 = R.6.112), and a positive copy of the entire film in 16 reels (MSS. Film 58-68, 72-76). A list based on the film was also published by Lewis Patton, 'The Shelley-Godwin collection of Lord Abinger', Library News 27 (April 1953), pp. 11-17 (an annotated copy is available at R.6.112a). In 1954, Lord Abinger took the whole collection temporarily to New York, to enable a short-term display of selected items at the New York Public Library; the papers were then again microfilmed for the Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle, but in a different order.

In the early 1970s, Lord Abinger gave permission for an edition of the Shelleys' joint journal to be prepared for publication by Oxford University Press, and deposited the original journals at the Bodleian for the editors' use (published as The Journals of Mary Shelley 1814-1844, ed. Paula R. Feldman & Diana Scott-Kilvert, 2 vols., Oxford 1987). This led to Lord Abinger's further decision to deposit almost the entire collection on long-term loan at the Bodleian. However, this was not accomplished as a single deposit, but in a series of nine batches over some 20 years, 1974-1993. The arrangement of the loose papers in their folders, as they arrived batch by batch, corresponded only partially with the arrangements of the two microfilm projects of the 1950s. The folders and notebooks were allocated 'Dep.' numbers as they arrived, but were not sorted or fully catalogued. Not quite all the collection was deposited at the Bodleian, since some papers and relics remained with Lord Abinger (along with printed books) and others had been lent by him to other institutions such as the former Shelley Museum at Boscombe.

Lord Abinger's son James succeeded him as the 9th Baron in 2002. He decided to put the papers on the market, but gave first refusal to the Bodleian Library, which thereupon launched a national and international campaign to raise the purchase-money. This mission was accomplished in 2004, when the Abinger collection was bought outright by the Bodleian Library with generous donations from the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation, and many other institutional and individual donors. Cataloguing of the papers was completed in 2010 with the aid of a grant from the John R. Murray Charitable Trust, and the papers were redistributed from their former 'Dep.' numbers into new 'MS. Abinger' shelfmarks.

The provenance of any single item in the Abinger collection may often be inferred, but never taken for granted. Although Sir John Shelley-Rolls continued to add purchases to his share of the Boscombe collection well into the 20th century, there is no evidence that the successive Lords Abinger added to theirs: accordingly, it may be assumed that every item now in the Abinger papers was already present in the Boscombe collection by the time of Lady Shelley's death in 1899, apart from secondary papers concerning the later arrangement and administration of the collection. Most of the papers will have been inherited by Sir Percy and Lady Shelley from Mary Shelley in 1851: so the default provenance of most Godwin items, especially the file copies of his outgoing letters, is from his own personal archive, as inherited by Mary Shelley in 1836. However, each piece of paper must be examined on its own terms. An original letter from William Godwin, as posted, might have been returned to Mary Shelley by its recipient after 1836. Similarly, original letters from Mary Shelley might well have been returned later to Sir Percy and Lady Shelley, who certainly bought further letters of Percy Bysshe Shelley. The large batch of Gisborne notebooks in the Abinger papers was bought by them at auction in 1878 from the Gisbornes' servant, Elizabeth Rumble (though original letters from P. B. Shelley to the Gisbornes had already been obtained from her by Mary Shelley in the late 1830s). Sir Percy and Lady Shelley bought the manuscripts of Frankenstein before 1887 through Richard Garnett from a Mr. A. H. Bradford, who had in turn obtained them from 'a picture-cleaner named Godwin [sic]'. A skirmish in the courts in 1897 over ownership of some Shelley letters to T. J. Hogg, from the estate of Hogg's daughter, Prudentia Lonsdale, allowed Lady Shelley the opportunity for one last purchase.

Acquisition

The Abinger collection was deposited in the Bodleian Library by James Scarlett, 8th Lord Abinger (unless otherwise stated).

Batch I deposited 17 June 1974. Shelfmarked as: Dep. b. 210/1-9, Dep. b. 211-12, Dep. b. 214-15, Dep. c. 477-8, Dep. d. 311/1-5, Dep. d. 374/1-3

Batch II deposited 22 April 1975. Shelfmarked Dep. c. 507-22, Dep. d. 390-3, Dep. e. 196-229

Batch III deposited 30 July 1975. Shelfmarked Dep. c. 523-30, Dep. d. 398-414, Dep. e. 230-243, Dep. f. 32-41

Batch IV, deposited 22 January 1976. Shelfmarked Dep. c. 531, Dep. c. 531/1-9, Dep. c. 533-8, Dep. d. 474-5

Batch IVa (loaned to the Bodleian Library by Lord Abinger 5 Dec 1968, and transferred to long-term deposit 10 Aug 1977). Shelfmarked Dep. e. 246

Batch V, deposited 22 Feb. 1979. Two letters to Everina Wollstonecraft, 7 Nov. [1787] and 14 March 1788 (second leaf lost); one to Mrs. Eliza Bishop, 5 Nov. [no year]. Letter (signed 'Mary Imlay') to Everina Wollstonecraft, 20 Sept. [1793].returned to Dep. b. 210 (Batch I). Other deposits shelfmarked Dep. b. 226/1-16, Dep. b. 227/1-8, Dep. b. 228/1-9, Dep. b. 229/1-11, Dep. c. 601-3, Dep. c. 604/1-3, Dep. c. 605, Dep. c. 606/1-5, Dep. c. 607/1-8, Dep. c. 608/1-3, Dep. c. 609-12, Dep. d. 562-7, Dep. e. 203, Dep. e. 273-4, Dep. f. 65-9

Batch VI, deposited by Mr William St. Clair, 5 June 1982. Shelfmarked Dep. c. 663/1-6

Batch VII, deposited through Dr. Betty T. Bennett, 13 August 1984. Shelfmarked Dep. c. 674

Batch VIII, deposited through Mr John Buxton, 22 February 1989. Shelfmarked Dep. c. 766/1-6, Dep. c. 767/1-7, Dep. c. 768, Dep. c. 769/1-5

Batch IX, deposited through Dr Betty T. Bennett, 16 Aug 1993. Shelfmarked Dep. c. 810/1-3, Dep. c. 811/1-4, Dep. c. 812/1-6, Dep. c. 813/1-5, Dep. c. 814

Access Restrictions

The manuscript of Frankenstein, the Shelley and Mary journals, and holograph letters of Allegra Byron; George Gordon, Lord Byron; Washington Irving; John Keats; Thomas Malthus; Percy Bysshe Shelley; Robert Louis Stevenson, Mary Wollstonecraft and William Wordsworth are restricted.

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Abinger c. 14, fols. 1-2].

Related Material

See also:

The Shelley collection: MSS. Shelley and MSS. Shelley adds.

MS. Shelley adds. c. 13, a guard-book of original and facsimile items relating to P. B. Shelley and his circle, 1833-93, n.d.

Papers of Samuel Parr

The Burdett-Coutts collection (Sir Francis Burdett)

Papers of the Publishing House of Bentley

Note

Names of authors and recipients of letters have frequently been listed in accordance with published editions of the correspondence, as well as evidence from handwriting, addresses and Godwin's journal. The authors and recipient are therefore listed less conservatively (in the form of square brackets, question marks and the provision of alternate identifications) than the names of people listed in the contents descriptions.

Most names have been listed as written, an exception has been made in five cases (below). For your convenience, please use the following versions of these individuals' names when searching:

Family names (NCA Rules)

Godwin | family
Wollstonecraft | family
Shelley | family

Personal names (NCA Rules)

Bishop | Elizabeth | b 1763 | nee Wollstonecraft
Godwin | Mary Jane | 1768-1841 | formerly Clairmont | nee de Vial | translator and bookseller
Godwin | William | 1756-1836 | philosopher and novelist
Johnson | Jane | 1798-1884 | nee Cleveland | x Williams | x Hogg
Shelley | Jane | d 1899 | nee Gibson | 1st wife of 3rd Baronet | x St. John
Shelley | Mary Wollstonecraft | 1797-1851 | nee Godwin | author
Shelley | Percy Bysshe | 1792-1822 | poet
Shelley | Sir | Percy Florence | 1819-1889 | 3rd Baronet
Wollstonecraft | Everina | 1765-1841
Wollstonecraft | Mary | 1759-1797 | later Godwin | novelist and essayist

Subjects (LCSH)

Authors
Biography -- 18th century
Biography -- 19th centiry
Diaries
English literature
Feminism
Fiction
Playwriting -- Drama
Poetry
Political science -- Philosophy
Liberalism
Romanticism



A  William Godwin, correspondence & papers, 1772-1836

A.1  Diaries, 1788-1836

Manuscript: [William Godwin]

Date written: 1788-9

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger e. 1

Former shelfmark: Dep. e. 196

Fol(s).: 1-30

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

No. I. 6 Apr. 1788-4 Apr. 1789

Note: See also an electronic transcript and images at http://godwindiary.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/

Manuscript: [William Godwin]

Date written: 1789-90

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger e. 2

Former shelfmark: Dep. e. 197

Fol(s).: 1-38

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

No. II. 6 Apr. 1789-21 Aug. 1790

Note: See also an electronic transcript and images at http://godwindiary.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/

Manuscript: [William Godwin]

Date written: 1790-91

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger e. 3

Former shelfmark: Dep. e. 198

Fol(s).: 1-36

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

No. III. -22 Aug. 1790-17 Sept. 1791

Note: See also an electronic transcript and images at http://godwindiary.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/

Manuscript: [William Godwin]

Date written: 1791-2

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger e. 4

Former shelfmark: Dep. e. 199

Fol(s).: 1-22

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

No. IV. 4 Sept. 1791-30 June 1792

Note: See also an electronic transcript and images at http://godwindiary.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/

Manuscript: [William Godwin]

Date written: 1792-3

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger e. 5

Former shelfmark: Dep. e. 200

Fol(s).: 1-22

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

No. V. 1 July 1792-20 Apr. 1793

Note: See also an electronic transcript and images at http://godwindiary.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/

Manuscript: [William Godwin]

Date written: 1793-5

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger e. 6

Former shelfmark: Dep. e. 201

Fol(s).: 1-48

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

No. VI. 21 Apr. 1792-21 Jan. 1795

Note: See also an electronic transcript and images at http://godwindiary.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/

Manuscript: [William Godwin]

Date written: 1793

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger e. 33

Former shelfmark: Dep. e. 273

Fol(s).: 1-24

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Supplement to journal 1793. 23-24 Mar. 1793, 5 Apr. 1793, 10 Jan. 1795

Note: See also an electronic transcript and images at http://godwindiary.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/

Manuscript: [William Godwin]

Date written: 1795-6

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger e. 7

Former shelfmark: Dep. e. 202

Fol(s).: 1-48

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

No. VII. 1 Feb. 1795-24 Sept. 1796

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Manuscript: [William Godwin]

Date written: 1796-8

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger e. 8

Former shelfmark: Dep. e. 203

Fol(s).: 1-48

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

No. VIII. 25 Sept. 1796-14 July 1798

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Manuscript: [William Godwin]

Date written: 1798-1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger e. 9

Former shelfmark: Dep. e. 204

Fol(s).: 1-48

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

No. IX. 15 July 1798-10 May 1800

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Manuscript: [William Godwin]

Date written: 1800-02

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger e. 10

Former shelfmark: Dep. e. 205

Fol(s).: 1-46

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

No. X. 11 May 1800-30 Jan. 1802

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Manuscript: [William Godwin]

Date written: 1802-3

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger e. 11

Former shelfmark: Dep. e. 206

Fol(s).: 1-48

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

No. XI. 31 Jan. 1802-19 Nov. 1803

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Manuscript: [William Godwin]

Date written: 1803-5

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger e. 12

Former shelfmark: Dep. e. 207

Fol(s).: 1-46

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

No. XII. 20 Nov. 1803-10 Aug. 1805

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Manuscript: [William Godwin]

Date written: 1805-7

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger e. 13

Former shelfmark: Dep. e. 208

Fol(s).: 1-46

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

No. XIII. 11 Aug. 1805-2 May 1807

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Manuscript: [William Godwin]

Date written: 1807-9

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger e. 14

Former shelfmark: Dep. e. 209

Fol(s).: 1-46

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

No. XIV. 3 May 1807-21 Jan. 1809

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Manuscript: [William Godwin]

Date written: 1809-10

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger e. 15

Former shelfmark: Dep. e. 210

Fol(s).: 1-46

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

No. XV. 22 Jan. 1809-13 Oct. 1810

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Manuscript: [William Godwin]

Date written: 1810-12

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger e. 16

Former shelfmark: Dep. e. 211

Fol(s).: 1-38

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

No. XVI. 14 Oct. 1810-14 Mar. 1812

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Manuscript: [William Godwin]

Date written: 1812-13

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger e. 17

Former shelfmark: Dep. e. 212

Fol(s).: 1-38

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

No. XVII. 15 Mar. 1812-14 Aug. 1813

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Manuscript: [William Godwin]

Date written: 1813-15

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger e. 18

Former shelfmark: Dep. e. 213

Fol(s).: 1-38

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

No. XVIII. 15 Aug. 1813-14 Jan. 1815

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Manuscript: [William Godwin]

Date written: 1815-16

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger e. 19

Former shelfmark: Dep. e. 214

Fol(s).: 1-38

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

No. XIX. 15 Jan. 1815-15 June 1816

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Manuscript: [William Godwin]

Date written: 1816-17

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger e. 20

Former shelfmark: Dep. e. 215

Fol(s).: 1-38

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

No. XX. 16 June 1816-15 Nov. 1817

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Manuscript: [William Godwin]

Date written: 1817-19

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger e. 21

Former shelfmark: Dep. e. 216

Fol(s).: 1-36

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

No. XXI. 16 Nov. 1817-20 Mar. 1819

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Manuscript: [William Godwin]

Date written: 1819-20

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger e. 22

Former shelfmark: Dep. e. 217

Fol(s).: 1-38

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

No. XXII. 21 Mar. 1819-19 Aug. 1820

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Manuscript: [William Godwin]

Date written: 1820-21

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger e. 23

Former shelfmark: Dep. e. 218

Fol(s).: 1-38

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

No. XXIII. 20 Aug. 1820-31 Dec. 1821

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Manuscript: [William Godwin]

Date written: 1822-3

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger e. 24

Former shelfmark: Dep. e. 219

Fol(s).: 1-40

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

No. XXIV. 1 Jan. 1822-28 June 1823

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Manuscript: [William Godwin]

Date written: 1823-5

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger e. 25

Former shelfmark: Dep. e. 220

Fol(s).: 1-40

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

No. XXV. 29 June 1823-1 Jan. 1825

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Manuscript: [William Godwin]

Date written: 1825-6

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger e. 26

Former shelfmark: Dep. e. 221

Fol(s).: 1-40

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

No. XXVI. 2 Jan. 1825-1 July 1826

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Manuscript: [William Godwin]

Date written: 1826-7

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger e. 27

Former shelfmark: Dep. e. 222

Fol(s).: 1-40

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

No. XXVII. 2 July 1826-29 Dec. 1827

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Manuscript: [William Godwin]

Date written: 1827-9

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger e. 28

Former shelfmark: Dep. e. 223

Fol(s).: 1-44

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

No. XXVIII. 30 Dec. 1827-22 Aug. 1829

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Manuscript: [William Godwin]

Date written: 1829-31

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger e. 29

Former shelfmark: Dep. e. 224

Fol(s).: 1-44

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

No. XXIX. 23 Aug. 1829-16 Apr. 1831

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Manuscript: [William Godwin]

Date written: 1831-2

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger e. 30

Former shelfmark: Dep. e. 225

Fol(s).: 1-44

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

No. XXX. 17 Apr. 1831-8 Dec. 1832

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Manuscript: [William Godwin]

Date written: 1832-4

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger e. 31

Former shelfmark: Dep. e. 226

Fol(s).: 1-44

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

No. XXXI. 9 Dec. 1832-2 Aug. 1834

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Manuscript: [William Godwin]

Date written: 1834-6

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger e. 32

Former shelfmark: Dep. e. 227

Fol(s).: 1-45

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

No. XXXI. 3 Aug. 1834- 26 Mar. 1836

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A.2  Correspondence, [1780]-1835, n.d.

A.2.1  Original correspondence [1780]-1835, n.d.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically with incoming and outgoing correspondence interleaved. Undated items have been arranged alphabetically by recipient. Undated letters only questionably to William Godwin are at the end of the sequence. This series excludes Godwin's letters to Mary Wollstonecraft, Mary Jane Godwin and Mary & Percy Bysshe Shelley - for those see their respective correspondence (below)

? to William Godwin

Date written: [1780-2]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 1

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 527(b)

Fol(s).: 1-2

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Concerning health and domestic matters; et al.

Incipit: As it is the sacred...

Images

fol. 1r

fol. 1v

fol. 2r

fol. 2v

[William Godwin] to [Ann] Godwin

Date written: ?1782-3

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 1

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 516/1

Fol(s).: 3-4

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

On quitting as a dissenting minister; et al.

Mentions [James] M[arshall]

Incipit: I am exceedingly sorry...

Note: See also a Mary Shelley-era copy in MS. Abinger c. 53, fols. 31-3

Images

fol. 3r

fol. 3v

fol. 4r

fol. 4v

Father Paul [James Marshall] to [William Godwin]

Date written: 7 Jan. 1783

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 1

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/5

Fol(s).: 5

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the imminent publication of Godwin's anonymous 'Life of William Pitt, Earl of Chatham' (1783); child expected of Mrs M[arshal]

Incipit: Fear not, mon cher ami...

Image

fol. 5r

Frederick Norman to William Godwin

Date written: 12 Jan. 1783

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 1

Former shelfmark: Dep .b. 214/3

Fol(s).: 6-7

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Godwin's situation at Beaconsfield; Norman's congregation

Incipit: I have been out on a Journey...

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fol. 6r

fol. 7r

fol. 7v

[James Marshall] to William Godwin

Date written: 25 Jan. [1783]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 1

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/5

Fol(s).: 8-9

Document type: original, initialled

Contents

Concerning the publication of Godwin's anonymous 'Life of William Pitt, Earl of Chatham' (1783); child expected of Mrs M[arshal]

Mentions Hearsley; Mrs M[arshall]

Incipit: Six days are almost...

Images

fol. 8r

fol. 8v

fol. 9r

fol. 9v

[James Marshall] to [William Godwin]

Date written: Sat., [1783]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 1

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/5

Fol(s).: 10

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the imminent publication of Godwin's anonymous 'Life of William Pitt, Earl of Chatham' (1783)

(Also includes a short list of proof corrections in William Godwin's hand)

Mentions Hearsley

Incipit: Ecce homo!...

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fol. 10r

fol. 10v

?James Marshall to [William Godwin]

Date written: Sat., ?1783

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 1

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 607/2

Fol(s).: 11

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Concerning the 'Life of Lord Chatham' (1783)

Mentions Hearsley; Camden (either Charles Pratt, 1st Earl Camden or John Pratt, 1st Marquess Camden); Shelburne [William] Petty; [Edmund] Burke; [Charles] Fox; [?Joseph] Johnson

Incipit: I have been just saying...

Images

fol. 11r

fol. 11v

Richard Watson to [William Godwin]

Date written: 5 July 1784

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 1

Former shelfmark: Dep.b.214/6(a)

Fol(s).: 12-13

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Thanking Godwin for the gift of a book

Incipit: I have just received at Cambridge the...

Image

fol. 12r

James Marshall to William Godwin

Date written: 23 July 1784

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 1

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/5

Fol(s).: 14-15

Document type: original, signed

Contents

On Marshall's admiration for Godwin; experiences in the Caribbean; request for books and journals etc.

Mentions Mr Collins; Mr Smith

Incipit: This burning climate totally...

Images

fol. 14r

fol. 14v

fol. 15r

fol. 15v

M. Marshall to William Godwin

Date written: 4 Sept. 1784

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 1

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/5

Fol(s).: 16-17

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Mr. Marshall's tailor's bill

Mentions [James] Marshall; Mr Dobbins

Incipit: Mr Godwin will excuse the liberty...

Images

fol. 16r

fol. 17v

William Godwin to [M. Marshall]

Date written: 6 Sept. 1784

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 1

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/5

Fol(s).: 18

Document type: original or fair copy, signed

Contents

Concerning Mr. Marshall's tailor's bill

Mentions [James] Marshall; Mr Dobbins

Incipit: I am extremely sorry that...

Images

fol. 18r

fol. 18v

Thomas Harris to [William Godwin]

Date written: 19 Oct. 1784

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 1

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/1(d)

Fol(s).: 19

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Refusing to perform [Godwin's] tragedy

Incipit: After so much trouble as...

Image

fol. 19r

Hannah Godwin to William Godwin

Date written: 8 Feb. 1785

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 1

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 508

Fol(s).: 20-1

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning H Godwin's love of letters; William Godwin's relationship with Miss Jay

Mentions Mrs Hoyle

Incipit: Sweet! Surely, sweet...

Images

fol. 20r

fol. 20v

fol. 21r

fol. 21v

Hannah Godwin to William Godwin

Date written: 21 Apr. 1785

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 1

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 508

Fol(s).: 22-3

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the loss of Conyers [?Godwin]

Mentions Miss Jay

Incipit: Oh! My dear...

Images

fol. 22r

fol. 22v

fol. 23r

fol. 23v

Hannah Godwin to William Godwin

Date written: 29 June 1785

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 1

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 508

Fol(s).: 24-5

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the possibility of H Godwin living with William Godwin

Mentions Miss Jay; Mrs Hoyle; Mr Wilkins; Mr Church

Incipit: What do you say now...

Images

fol. 24r

fol. 24v

fol. 25r

fol. 25v

Hannah Godwin to William Godwin

Date written: 20 Aug. 1785

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 1

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 508

Fol(s).: 26-7

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning prospective visits to William Godwin; people with whom H Godwin can speak honestly; H Godwin's search for a position; et al.

Mentions Wilkins; [?Frederick] Norman; Denning; Mrs Hague

Incipit: This letter is not to tell...

Images

fol. 26r

fol. 26v

fol. 27r

fol. 27v

[Hannah Godwin] to William Godwin

Date written: 29 Aug. 1785

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 1

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 508

Fol(s).: 28-9

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Concerning the death of Mr Sothren

Mentions Mrs Sothren; ?Ann Godwin; [?Frederick] Norman

Incipit: When you receive this my...

Images

fol. 28r

fol. 28v

fol. 29r

fol. 29v

Hannah Sothren to William Godwin

Date written: 13 Oct. 1785

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 1

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/9(d)

Fol(s).: 30-1

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning an offer of assistance Godwin has made to Sothren; Godwin's successor at Stowmarket

Mentions Mr Sothren

Incipit: I must own I am very much...

Images

fol. 30r

fol. 31r

fol. 31v

Hannah Godwin to William Godwin

Date written: [1785]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 1

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 508

Fol(s).: 32-3

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning H Godwin's current situation; a list of women who will try to assist her

Mentions [?Frederick] Norman; Mrs ?Hague; Mrs Mitchell; Mrs Philips; Mrs Wilson; Mrs Vina; Mr Jacobs; Mrs Branford; Mrs Callow; [Samuel] Parr

Incipit: If you do not receive a Letter...

Images

fol. 32r

fol. 32v

fol. 33r

fol. 33v

Hannah Godwin to William Godwin

Date written: c. 1785

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 1

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 508

Fol(s).: 34-5

Document type: original, initialled

Contents

Enclosing reading matter for William Godwin

Mentions Conyers [Godwin]

Incipit: Read the inclosed my...

Images

fol. 34r

fol. 34v

fol. 35v

Hannah Godwin to [William Godwin]

Date written: c. 1785

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 1

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 508

Fol(s).: 36

Document type: original, initialled

Contents

Concerning H Godwin's journey to Norwich

Incipit: We arrived safe at N--...

Mentions Mr Jay

Images

fol. 36r

fol. 36v

William Thomson to William Godwin

Date written: Fri., [1785-6]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 1

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 528(b)

Fol(s).: 37

Document type: original, initialled

Contents

Concerning a work by Thomson

Incipit: I am very Sorry that I am...

Images

fol. 37r

fol. 37v

William Thomson to William Godwin

Date written: Fri., [1785-6]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 1

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 528(b)

Fol(s).: 38-9

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Concerning newspaper reporting; et al.

Incipit: Dr. Thomson's Compliments...

Images

fol. 38r

fol. 38v

fol. 39r

fol. 39v

William Thomson to [William Godwin]

Date written: Fri., [1785-6]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 1

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 528(b)

Fol(s).: 40

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning an essay Thomson has written

Mentions [?John] Murray

Incipit: I received yours of this day...

Images

fol. 40r

fol. 40v

George Macartney to William Godwin

Date written: 27 July 1786

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 1

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 514(b)

Fol(s).: 41-2

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a research query relating to India

Incipit: The letter with which you...

Image

fol. 41r

William Thomson to William Godwin

Date written: Wed., 4 Oct. [1786]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 1

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 528(b)

Fol(s).: 43

Document type: orignal, unsigned

Contents

Concerning criticism of [William] Paley

Incipit: Dr. Thomson's Compliments...

Images

fol. 43r

fol. 43v

Andrew Kippis to William Godwin

Date written: 27 Nov. 1786

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 1

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 811/1

Fol(s).: 44r & 45r

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Concerning [?Henry] Beaufoy's wish to call on Godwin

Incipit: Dr Kippis's compliments to...

Images

fol. 44r

fol. 45r

William Godwin to Andrew Kippis

Date written: n.d.

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 1

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 811/1

Fol(s).: 45v

Document type: draft, in the hand of William Godwin

Contents

Agreeing to meet Beaufoy

Incipit: Mr. G presents his c's to Dr. K...

Image

fol. 45v

William Thomson to William Godwin

Date written: Thur., [1786]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 1

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 528(b)

Fol(s).: 46

Document type: original, initialled

Contents

Concerning a speculation on the public economy; Commercial Treaty; et al.

Incipit: Enclosed is the promised speculation...

Images

fol. 46r

fol. 46v

William Thomson to William Godwin

Date written: Wed., [1786]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 1

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 528(b)

Fol(s).: 47-8

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning criticism of [William] Paley; the 'Political Herald'; et al.

Incipit: You will perceive I have been...

Mentions [Gilbert] Stuart; [George] Robinson

Images

fol. 47r

fol. 47v

fol. 48r

fol. 48v

William Thomson to William Godwin

Date written: Fri., [1786]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 1

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 528(b)

Fol(s).: 49-50

Document type: original, initialled

Contents

Concerning the 'Herald'; a review of Playfair; et al.

Mentions [Gilbert] Stuart; [John] Playfair; [William] Paley

Incipit: I received y[ou]r Letter...

Images

fol. 49r

fol. 49v

fol. 50v

William Thomson to [William Godwin]

Date written: Tue., [1786]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 1

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 528(b)

Fol(s).: 51

Document type: original, initialled

Contents

Concerning the posthumous disposition of [Gilbert] Stuart's manuscripts; the 'Political Herald'; et al.

Mentions Dr. Grant; J[ohn] Murray

Incipit: Some of poor Dr. Stuart's Friends...

Images

fol. 51r

fol. 51v

William Thomson to William Godwin

Date written: Fri., [1786]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 1

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 528(b)

Fol(s).: 52

Document type: original, initialled

Contents

Asking for political publications to review; et al.

Incipit: I thought a small slip of paper...

Images

fol. 52r

fol. 52v

William Thomson to William Godwin

Date written: [1786]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 1

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 528(b)

Fol(s).: 53-4

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a speculation on the character of the present age; reviewing arrangements; et al.

Mentions [?John] Playfair; [Gilbert] Stuart; [George] Robinson

Incipit: I have received yours and will not...

Images

fol. 53r

fol. 53v

fol. 54r

fol. 54v

William Thomson to William Godwin

Date written: Sun., [1786]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 1

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 528(b)

Fol(s).: 55-6

Document type: original, initialled

Contents

Concerning a speculation for the last number of the 'Political Herald'

(Also includes notes (arithmetic) in William Godwin's hand)

Mentions [George] Robinson

Incipit: I have sent you a Speculation...

Images

fol. 55r

fol. 55v

fol. 56r

fol. 56v

William Thomson to William Godwin

Date written: Tue., [1786]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 1

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 528(b)

Fol(s).: 57-8

Document type: original, initialled

Contents

Concerning signed articles in the 'Political Herald'

Mentions Macrae; [John] Murray

Incipit: I received your note. All is well...

Images

fol. 57r

fol. 57v

fol. 58r

fol. 58v

Hannah Godwin to William Godwin

Date written: Wed., Thur., [1786-1787]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 1

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 508

Fol(s).: 59-60

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning William Godwin's displeasure with H Godwin

Mentions [James] Marshal [Marshall]

Incipit: I know not my dear Brother...

Images

fol. 59r

fol. 59v

fol. 60r

fol. 60v

[Hannah Godwin] to William Godwin

Date written: [1786-1787]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 1

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 508

Fol(s).: 61-2

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Concerning H Godwin's visits to stay with William Godwin

Mentions [James] Marshal [Marshall]

Incipit: Amongst all my Failings...

Images

fol. 61r

fol. 61v

fol. 62r

fol. 62v

Willis Webb to William Godwin

Date written: 18 Mar. [1787]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 1

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/8(b)

Fol(s).: 63r & 64v

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Thank you letter for Godwin's instruction of Webb

Incipit: Now that the first leisure...

Images

fol. 63r

fol. 64v

[William Godwin] to Willis Webb

Date written: [1787]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 1

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/8(b)

Fol(s).: 63v-64r

Document type: draft, in the hand of William Godwin

Contents

Response to Webb's thank you letter

Incipit: I am much obliged to you for...

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Willis Webb to [William Godwin]

Date written: 29 Apr. [1787]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 1

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/8(b)

Fol(s).: 65

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Godwin's teaching: response to Godwin's reply to Webb's letter of 18 March

Incipit: I was favoured with your kind...

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Willis Webb to William Godwin

Date written: 14 June 1787

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 1

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/8(b)

Fol(s).: 66-7

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the suppression of his paper on the shield of ?Aeneas

Incipit: When I was last in town...

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fol. 67r

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Willis Webb to William Godwin

Date written: 8 July 1787

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 1

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/8(b)

Fol(s).: 68

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Response to Godwin's letter of 6 July 1787

Incipit: I have been favoured with your letter of the 6th...

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Willis Webb to William Godwin

Date written: 25 Oct. 1787

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 1

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/8(b)

Fol(s).: 69-70

Document type: original, signed

Contents

On Webb's favoured Classical authors; experiences at Hitcham school; wish to go to university

Incipit: It would perhaps be presumptuous in me to renew a correspondence...

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fol. 70r

fol. 70v

Willis Webb to William Godwin

Date written: 11 Nov. 1787

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 1

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/8(b)

Fol(s).: 71-2

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concering Webb's wish for Godwin to speak to his step-father regarding university; his studies

(Also includes notes (arithmetic) in William Godwin's hand)

Incipit: I was not aware, when I last wrote to you...

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fol. 72r

fol. 72v

Richard Price to William Godwin

Date written: 26 Nov. 1787

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 1

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 766/2

Fol(s).: 73

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Introducing the bearer, Mr Van-Effin

(Also includes note (furniture prices) in William Godwin's hand)

Incipit: Dr. Price presents his...

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Hannah Sothren to William Godwin

Date written: 7 Mar. 1788

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 1

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/9(d)

Fol(s).: 74-5

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Godwin's family; Godwin's work

Mentions [Hannah Godwin]; Joseph [Godwin]

Incipit: I was indeed much surprised...

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fol. 75r

?William Godwin to [George] Robinson

Date written: Mon., 12 May 1788

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 1

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 527(b)

Fol(s).: 76-7

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Concerning the treatment of a manuscript of a work on literature

Incipit: I am so much surprised at the...

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fol. 77v

[Ann Godwin] to William [Godwin]

Date written: 29 May 1788

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 1

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 516/1

Fol(s).: 78

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Concerning hopes for children; et al.

Mentions Hannah [Godwin]; Anna French; Frances French; Joseph [Godwin]; Jack [?John Godwin]; Natty [Nathaniel Godwin]

Incipit: Your letter to be sure could...

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Thomas Holcroft to William Godwin

Date written: 24 July 1788

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 1

Former shelfmark: Dep.b.214/6(b)

Fol(s).: 79-80

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the publication of 'Trenck'; political results

Mentions [?Alexander] Hood; Lord John Townshend; [William] Pitt; Sir Sampson Wright; [Richard Brinsley] Sheridan; James P[?e]rry; Lord William Russel [Russell]

Incipit: I am greatly obliged by your kind...

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fol. 80r

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Thomas Holcroft to [William Godwin]

Date written: 4 Aug. 1788

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 1

Former shelfmark: Dep.b.214/6(b)

Fol(s).: 81

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the election of Lord John Townshend

Mentions [?Alexander] Hood

Incipit: As I know Dear Sir you interest...

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[William Godwin] to [Thomas Holcroft]

Date written: [5] [Aug.] [1788]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 1

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 607/2

Fol(s).: 82

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Fragment, on not writing letters; et al.

Mentions [?Joseph] Addison

Incipit: Though I am flattered...

Note: Paginated 125-6 for Mary Shelley's 'Life of William Godwin'

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William Godwin to Thomas Holcroft

Date written: 5 Aug. 1788

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 1

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 227/2(a)

Fol(s).: 83

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Fragment, on not writing letters; et al.

Mentions Lord John Townshend

Incipit: commentator. Nay if...

Note: Paginated 127 for Mary Shelley's 'Life of William Godwin'

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Thomas Holcroft to William Godwin

Date written: 6 Sept. 1788

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 1

Former shelfmark: Dep.b.214/6(b)

Fol(s).: 84-5

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning news of [Archibald] Hamilton; et al.

Mentions [George] Robinson

Incipit: Having no opportunity of enquiring before...

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fol. 85r

fol. 85v

Willis Webb to William Godwin

Date written: 24 Feb. c. 1788-90

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 1

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/8(b)

Fol(s).: 86-7

Document type: original, signed

Contents

On leaving Hitcham Hall school; life at university

Incipit: It would have been incumbent...

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fol. 87r

fol. 87v

J[oseph] Priestley to William Godwin

Date written: 9 Feb. 178[?5]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 1

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 514(a)

Fol(s).: 88-9

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the 'English Review' and the 'Monthly Review'

Incipit: Tho, I believe, that not...

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fol. 89r

fol. 89v

Hannah Godwin to William Godwin

Date written: [178[?5]]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 1

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 508

Fol(s).: 90-1

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning H. Godwin's recent activities

Mentions Mr Jacobs; Mr & Miss Jay; Mr Wilkins

Incipit: On Wednesday Evening you said...

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fol. 91v

Hannah Godwin to William Godwin

Date written: 22 Dec. 178[?6]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 1

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 508

Fol(s).: 92-3

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a lady whom H Godwin has suggested as William Godwin's wife

Mentions Mr & Miss Jay

Incipit: I received yours yesterday...

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fol. 93r

fol. 93v

Richard Watson to William Godwin

Date written: 18 May 1790

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 1

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/6

Fol(s).: 94

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Refusing to contact the Archbishop of Canterbury on Godwin's behalf

Incipit: I would not have hesitated...

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Henry Beaufoy to [William Godwin]

Date written: Tue., ?1790

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 1

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 529(a)

Fol(s).: 95-6

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a position for in the [British] Museum

Mentions The Speaker ?Henry Addington; Dr [?George] Prettyman

Incipit: I have applied, with all diligence...

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Thomas Brand Hollis to [William Godwin]

Date written: 10 Jan. 1791

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 1

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 229/1(b)

Fol(s).: 97

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the situation in Europe

Mentions [Charles] Calonne

Incipit: I expressed my self...

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[Grace Mary Cooper] to William Godwin

Date written: Fri., 14 Jan. [1791]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 1

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/1(b)

Fol(s).: 98

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Cooper family news

Incipit: I have this minute receiv'd a...

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John Hollis to [William Godwin]

Date written: 18 Jan. 1791

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 1

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 527(b)

Fol(s).: 99

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a disagreement with a Mr [?James] Barry; et al.

Incipit: Yours, which I rec[eive]d this morning...

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[Thomas Holcroft] to William Godwin

Date written: [1791]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 1

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/6

Fol(s).: 100

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Concerning the acquisition of Thomas Paine's pamphlet

Incipit: "I have got it...

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John Stewart to [William Godwin]

Date wriiten: [1791-1800]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 1

Former shelfmark: Dep.b.214/6(a)

Fol(s).: 101

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Stewart's work in America; et al.

Mentions [?James] Ridgway [Ridgeway]

Incipit: If you hold the same opinion...

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Ann Godwin to William Godwin

Date written: 5 Apr. 1792

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 1

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 516/1

Fol(s).: 102-3

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Ann Godwin's hopes for her children's spiritual wellbeing; family news; Discourse on psalms 68 and 69

Mentions Natty [Nathaniel Godwin]; Mr Finch; John [Godwin]; Mrs & Miss Cooper; Hannah [Godwin]; Miss Green; Mr Venning; Mr Jacob; [Hannah] Sothren; Mrs A.. Hill

Incipit: I earnestly pray you may be making...

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Thomas Cooper to William Godwin

Date postmarked: 27 July 1792

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 1

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/1(a) (fasc 1)

Fol(s).: 104-5

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Cooper's acting

Mentions [Sarah] Siddons; [?John Philip] Kemble

Incipit: I arrived here last night...

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fol. 105r

fol. 105v

Thomas Cooper to William Godwin

Date written: 1 Aug. 1792

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 1

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/1(a) (fasc 1)

Fol(s).: 106-7

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Cooper's acting

Mentions [?John Philip] Kemble

Incipit: I should have written before but...

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fol. 107v

Thomas Cooper to William Godwin

Date written: 6, 7 Aug. 1792

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 1

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/1(a) (fasc 1)

Fol(s).: 108-9

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Cooper's acting

Mentions [Charles] Lee Lewis [Lewes]; [Sarah] Siddons; [Thomas] Holcroft; [?John Philip] Kemble

Incipit: I did not receive your epistle...

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fol. 109r

fol. 109v

Thomas Cooper to William Godwin

Date written: 13 Aug. 1792

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 1

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/1(a) (fasc 1)

Fol(s).: 110-11

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Cooper's acting

Mentions Mr Woods; Mr Bell; Mr Sparks; [Sarah] Siddons; [?John Philip] Kemble

Incipit: I did leave such directions at...

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fol. 111r

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Thomas Cooper to William Godwin

Date written: 16 Aug. 1792

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 1

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/1(a) (fasc 1)

Fol(s).: 112-13

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Cooper's acting

Mentions [?John Philip] Kemble; [Thomas] Holcroft; Mr Chateris

Incipit: The die is cast...

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fol. 113r

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Thomas Cooper to William Godwin

Date written: 24 Aug. 1792

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 1

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/1(a) (fasc 1)

Fol(s).: 114

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Cooper's acting

Mentions [?John Philip] Kemble

Incipit: My last letter departed from...

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Elizabeth Inchbald to [William Godwin]

Date written: 3 Nov 1792

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 1

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 509

Fol(s).: 115-16

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning critique from the recipient

Incipit: There is so much tenderness mixed with the justice...

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Elizabeth Cooper to William Godwin

Date written: 14 Nov. 1792

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 1

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/1(b)

Fol(s).: 117-18

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Elizabeth Cooper's present life [with enclosure to Thomas Cooper, below]

Incipit: If I remember aright...

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fol. 118r

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Elizabeth Cooper to [Thomas Cooper]

Date written: 15 Nov. n.y.

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 1

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/1(b)

Fol(s).: 119-20

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Elizabeth Cooper's present life [enclosed with letter to William Godwin, above]

(Also includes note (arithmetic) in William Godwin's hand)

Mentions [Thomas] H[olcroft]; [William] G[odwin]

Incipit: These you will own...

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fol. 120r

fol. 120v

Elizabeth Inchbald to William Godwin

Date written: c. 1792

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 1

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 509

Fol(s).: 121-2

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a play ['Everyone has his Fault' (1792)]

Mentions [?Thomas] Harris

Incipit: I should have written before...

Note: See also a Mary Shelley-era copy in MS. Abinger c. 53, fols. 58-9

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fol. 122r

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George Dyson to William Godwin

Date written: Fri., [1792-7]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 1

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/9(a)

Fol(s).: 123-24

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning personal dishonour

Incipit: Oil may smooth the quivering...

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fol. 124r

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[Elizabeth Inchbald] to William Godwin

Date written: [1792-7]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 2

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 509

Fol(s).: 1-2

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Concerning a novel by Godwin

Incipit: "God Bless You"...

Note: See also a Mary Shelley-era copy in MS. Abinger c. 54, fol. 23

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fol. 2r

fol. 2v

Elizabeth Cooper to William Godwin

Date written: 27 Feb. c. 1792-6

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 2

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/1(b)

Fol(s).: 3-4

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a letter intended for Thomas Cooper; questions on politics et al.

Mentions Mrs Heston; ?Thomas Cooper; [Samuel] Whitbread; [Charles] Fox

Incipit: Had I imagined I should have...

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fol. 4r

fol. 4v

Elizabeth Cooper to William Godwin

Date written: 6 Mar. c. 1792-6

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 2

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/1(b)

Fol(s).: 5-6

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Elizabeth Cooper's own behaviour

Incipit: The actions of my life...

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fol. 6r

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Elizabeth Cooper to [William Godwin]

Date written: Sun., c. 1792-6

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 2

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/1(b)

Fol(s).: 7-8

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Elizabeth Cooper's relationship with Mr Dorsett

Incipit: I called here to-day...

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fol. 8r

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Frederick Norman to William Godwin

Date written: 12 Feb. 1793

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 2

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 527(b)

Fol(s).: 9-10

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Godwin's 'Political Justice' (1793)

Incipit: I received your letter with singular...

Note: Paginated 70-1 for Mary Shelley's 'Life of William Godwin'

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fol. 10r

fol. 10v

Grace Mary Cooper to William Godwin

Date written: 1 Mar. 1793

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 2

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/1(b)

Fol(s).: 11-12

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Godwin's services to the Cooper family; G.M. Cooper's children; et al.

Mentions [Elizabeth Cooper]; [James] Marshall; Mr Collins; Thomas [Cooper]; [Thomas] Holcroft; [?Hannah] Godwin; Mr Holman

Incipit: I wished much to answer...

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fol. 12r

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Thomas Cooper to William Godwin

Date written: 1 Mar. 1793

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 2

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/1(a) (fasc 1)

Fol(s).: 13-14

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Cooper's acting

Mentions [James] Marshal [Marshall]; Mr Collins; [Thomas] Holcroft

Incipit: Well here I am...

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fol. 14r

fol. 14v

Thomas Cooper to William Godwin

Date written: 21 Mar. 1793

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 2

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/1(a) (fasc 1)

Fol(s).: 15-16

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Cooper's theatre company

Mentions Tyler; Curtis; Gille; Stanarix; Maxfield; Kelly; Woolley; Baker; Mr. & Mrs. Davies; Barrett; Mrs. Rivers

Incipit: I gave my mother...

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William Godwin to [George Robinson]

Date written: 29 Mar. 1793

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 2

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 227/2(a)

Fol(s).: 17-19

Document type: original or fair copy, signed

Contents

Proposal to write a history of Roman empire

Also includes an editor's note, in the hand of Mary Shelley

Incipit: The work I proposed to you this...

Note: Paginated 92-4 for Mary Shelley's 'Life of William Godwin'

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fol. 19r

Thomas Cooper to William Godwin

Date written: 8 Apr. 1793

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 2

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/1(a) (fasc 1)

Fol(s).: 20-1

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Cooper's acting

Mentions Mr. Maxfield; Masters

Incipit: I received your last on...

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fol. 21r

fol. 21v

James Marshal [Marshall] to William Godwin

Date written: Fri., 31 May 1793

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 2

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/5

Fol(s).: 22-3

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Marshall's opinion of a manuscript by Godwin [?Caleb Williams]

Also includes an editor's note by Mary Jane Godwin

Incipit: I inclose you three guineas...

Note: See also a Mary Shelley-era copy in MS. Abinger c. 53, fols. 4-6

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fol. 23r

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Thomas Cooper to William Godwin

Date written: 13 July 1793

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 2

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/1(a) (fasc 1)

Fol(s).: 24-5

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Cooper's acting

Incipit: You say in your last...

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William Ogilvie to [William Godwin]

Date written: 28 July 1793

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 2

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 527(b)

Fol(s).: 26

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a reference to the 'Essay on the Right of Property in Land' in the 'Enquiry [Concerning Political Justice]'

Incipit: As a new edition of your Enquiry...

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Thomas Cooper to William Godwin

Date written: 18 Oct. 1793

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 2

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/1(a) (fasc 1)

Fol(s).: 27-8

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Cooper's acting

Mentions Mrs Ward; Davies; [Thomas] H[olcroft]; Tyler

Incipit: Glory be to thee...

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fol. 28r

fol. 28v

Thomas Cooper to William Godwin

Date written: 2 Nov. 1793

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 2

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/1(a) (fasc 1)

Fol(s).: 29-30

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Cooper's acting

Mentions Davies; [Thomas] H[olcroft]; [?Thomas] Harris

Incipit: If there were an...

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fol. 30r

fol. 30v

Frederick Norman to William Godwin

Date written: 5 Nov. 1793

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 2

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 527(b)

Fol(s).: 31-2

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Godwin's ['Political Justice' (1793)]; an invitation to visit Godwin

Mentions Mrs. Mannings

Incipit: I am very sorry to find by...

Note: Paginated 74-5 for Mary Shelley's 'Life of William Godwin'

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fol. 32r

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[Frederick Norman] to William Godwin

Date postmarked: 27 Nov. 1793

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 2

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 527(b)

Fol(s).: 33-4

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Concerning barbarism; the French Revolution

Incipit: I find the incorrect manner...

Note: Paginated 77-80 for Mary Shelley's 'Life of William Godwin'

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Samuel Newton to William Godwin

Date written: 4 Dec. 1793

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 2

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 228/2

Fol(s).: 35-6

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning 'Political Justice' (1793)

Incipit: I naturally contract a friendship...

Note: Paginated 67-9 for Mary Shelley's 'Life of William Godwin'

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[Samuel Newton] to William Godwin

Date written: 14 Dec. 1793

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 2

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 228/2

Fol(s).: 37-8

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Concerning 'Political Justice' (1793)

Mentions [David] Hume; [Samuel] Johnson

Incipit: Since, Sir, you have been so...

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[Samuel Newton] to William Godwin

Date written: 27 Dec. 1793

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 2

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 766/2

Fol(s).: 39-40

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Concerning Christian attitudes towards liberty; et al.

Mentions [David] Hume; [Samuel] Johnson; [Thomas] Paine; [Joseph] Priestly [Priestley]; [Richard] Price; Lord Shaftesbury [Anthony] Cooper; [?Anthony] Collins

Incipit: It certainly afford me no pleasure...

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William Godwin to William Nicholson

Date written: Wed., c. 1793-1796

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 2

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/5(a)

Fol(s).: 41-2

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Godwin's wish to know Nicholson's ideas on the origin of language

Incipit: I am now upon the point...

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Thomas Cooper to William Godwin

Date written: 12 Jan. 1794

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 2

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/1(a) (fasc 2)

Fol(s).: 43-4

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Cooper's acting

Mentions [Thomas] Holcroft

Incipit: In enquiring into the causes...

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Thomas Holcroft to [William Godwin]

Date written: 7 July 1794

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 2

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 513(b)

Fol(s).: 45-6

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the progress of war in France

Mentions [Betrand] Barrere [Barere de Vieuzac]; Robert Merry

Incipit: Not to write seems to be a want of that...

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fol. 45r

fol. 45v

fol. 46r

Samuel Parr to William Godwin

Date written: 4 Sept. 1794

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 2

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 512

Fol(s).: 47

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Parr's fall from a horse; itinerary; Parr's philosophical views

Incipit: During my ramble in Wales...

Note: See also a Mary Shelley-era copy in MS. Abinger c. 52, fol. 8

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fol. 47r

fol. 47v

[William Godwin] to [-] Holcroft

Date written: Thur., 9 Oct. 1794

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 2

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 531

Fol(s).: 48 & 49v

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Concerning Godwin's wish to visit Thomas Holcroft in prison

Mentions [James] Marshal [Marshall]; [Thomas] Erskine

Incipit: I beg the favour of you...

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fol. 48v

fol. 49v

William Godwin to The Lords of His Majesty's Privy Council

Date written: 9 Oct. 1794

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 2

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 531

Fol(s).: 49r

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Request to the Privy Council for Godwin to visit Thomas Holcroft in prison

Incipit: William Godwin of Chatton...

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fol. 49r

[Thomas Holcroft] to ?

Date dated: 10 Oct. 1794

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 2

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 511

Fol(s).: 50

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Concerning the recipient's failure to help

Also includes an editor's note in the hand of Mary Shelley

Mentions John Gill

Incipit: Instead of your receiving an...

Note: Paginated 131 for Mary Shelley's 'Life of William Godwin'

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fol. 50r

Thomas Cooper to William Godwin

Date written: 21 Oct. 1794

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 2

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/1(a) (fasc 2)

Fol(s).: 51-2

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Cooper's acting

Mentions [Thomas] Holcroft; [Maria] Reveley

Incipit: Whether the god of wisdom...

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fol. 51v

fol. 52r

fol. 52v

Maria Reveley to William Godwin

Date written: 27 Oct. [1794]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 2

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 513(c)

Fol(s).: 53-4

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the possibility of Holcroft's life being in danger; the evidence Reveley could give

Incipit: I was very much surprised last night...

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fol. 53r

fol. 53v

fol. 54r

fol. 54v

Elizabeth Cooper to [William Godwin]

Date written: 27, 28 Oct. 1794

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 2

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/1(b)

Fol(s).: 55-6

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Regarding one of Godwin's books

Mentions Miss White; Miss Kingston; Mrs Addison

Incipit: I have read two hundred...

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fol. 55v

fol. 56r

fol. 56v

[Grace Mary Cooper] to [Elizabeth Cooper]

Date written: [1794]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 2

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/1(b)

Fol(s).: 57-8

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Concerning a Mr Harrison

Mentions [William] Godwin

Incipit: I had y[ou]rs yester[da]y...

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fol. 57v

fol. 58r

fol. 58v

[Thomas Cooper] to William Godwin

Date written: 28 Oct. 1794

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 2

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/1(a) (fasc 2)

Fol(s).: 59-60

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Concerning Cooper's acting

Incipit: All the devils in Hell...

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fol. 59v

fol. 60r

fol. 60v

[Elizabeth Inchbald] to William Godwin

Date postmarked: 6 Nov. 1794

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 2

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 509

Fol(s).: 61-2

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Concerning 'Caleb Williams' (1794)

Incipit: In the midst of your triumphs...

Note: See also a Mary Shelley-era copy in MS. Abinger c. 53, fol. 62

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fol. 61r

fol. 61v

fol. 62r

fol. 62v

William Godwin to [Thomas Wedgwood]

Date written: 7 Nov. 1794

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 2

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 228/3

Fol(s).: 63-4

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning questions of philosophy; presents

Incipit: I will attempt, as you desire it, to...

Note: Paginated 26-7 for ?Mary Shelley's 'Life of William Godwin'

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fol. 63r

fol. 63v

fol. 64v

Samuel Parr to William Godwin

Date postmarked: 10 Nov. 1794

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 2

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 527(b)

Fol(s).: 65-6

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the Hardy trial

Mentions [Thomas] Hardy; Sir [James] Eyre; [Thomas] Erskine; [John] Horne Tooke; [Charles] Fox

Incipit: Your anxiety Dear Mr Godwin...

Note: Paginated 155-8 for Mary Shelley's 'Life of William Godwin'

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fol. 65r

fol. 65v

fol. 66r

fol. 66v

Elizabeth Inchbald to William Godwin

Date postmarked: 22 Dec. 1794

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 2

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 509

Fol(s).: 67-8

Document type: original, initialled

Contents

Concerning the sentiments of a particular lady towards Godwin

Incipit: I have received a note...

Note: See also a Mary Shelley-era copy in MS. Abinger c. 53, fol. 63

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fol. 67r

fol. 67v

fol. 68r

fol. 68v

Joseph Gerrald to William Godwin

Date written: [1794]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 2

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/8(d)

Fol(s).: 69-70

Document type: original, signed

Contents

War plans of the French; the opposing army; possible invasion of Britain; possibility of being sent to Sierra Leone

Incipit: From some circumstances I...

Note: See also a Mary Shelley-era copy in MS. Abinger c. 53, fols. 44-5

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fol. 69r

fol. 69v

fol. 70r

fol. 70v

[Elizabeth Inchbald] to William Godwin

Date written: Thur., [1794]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 2

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 509

Fol(s).: 71-2

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Waiting for all volumes of Godwin's novel before reading it

Mentions Mr. Merlow

Incipit: Unless my Curiosity should...

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fol. 71r

fol. 71v

fol. 72r

fol. 72v

[Elizabeth Inchbald] to William Godwin

Date written: [1794]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 2

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 509

Fol(s).: 73-5

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Requesting a volume of Godwin's novel [Caleb Williams (1794)]

Incipit: Pray send me the 2d vol as...

Note: Fol. 75 was a detached fragment of this letter, which has now been reattached to fol. 74

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fol. 73r

fol. 74-5r

fol. 74v (without the loose fragment 75v)

[Elizabeth Inchbald] to William Godwin

Date written: Tue., [1794]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 2

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 509

Fol(s).: 76-7

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Concerning 'Caleb Williams' (1794)

Incipit: Your first volume is far...

Note: See also a Mary Shelley-era copy in MS. Abinger c. 53, fols. 71-2

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fol. 76r

fol. 76v

fol. 77r

fol. 77v

J[oseph] R[itson] to [William Godwin]

Date written: c. 1794

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 2

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 227/2(c)

Fol(s).: 78

Document type: original, initialled

Contents

Concerning a poaching law ('The Black Act') as it applies to characters in 'Caleb Williams' (1794)

Incipit: By 9 G.I.C.22. commonly called...

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fol. 78v

Lord Lauderdale James Maitland to William Godwin

Date written: Thur., 5 ?June ?1794

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 2

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 514(b)

Fol(s).: 79

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Concerning Lauderdale's usefulness to [Joseph] Gerald [Gerrald]

Also includes an editor's note in the hand of Mary Shelley

Incipit: Lord Lauderdale's comp[limen]ts...

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William Godwin to Joseph Fawcett

Date written: Sat., 20 Dec. ?1794

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 2

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/5(a)

Fol(s).: 80-1

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Godwin's opinion of one of Fawcett's poems

Incipit: I took your poem...

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fol. 80v

fol. 81v

[Joseph Fawcett] to [William Godwin]

Date written: ?1794

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 2

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 607/2

Fol(s).: 82

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Concerning differing opinions on the merit of poetry

Incipit: I thank you for your honest opinion...

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J[ohn] Taylor to [William Godwin]

Date written: 13 Jan 1795

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 2

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/5(a)

Fol(s).: 83

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning [Godwin's] book

Incipit: I have read your ingenious...

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fol. 83v

Thomas Cooper to William Godwin

Date written: 20 Jan. 1795

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 2

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/1(a) (fasc 2)

Fol(s).: 84-6

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Cooper's new position as a clerk for Mr Dorset

Mentions Dorset ?Dorsett; [Thomas] Holcroft

Incipit: The die I believe is now finally cast...

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fol. 84v

fol. 85r

fol. 85v

fol. 86r

[?T] Moore to [William Godwin]

Date written: 24 Jan. 1795

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 2

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 227/2(d)

Fol(s).: 87

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Regarding an invitation from Lord Lauderdale for Godwin to dine with him

(Also includes notes (list of names) in William Godwin's hand)

Mentions Lord Lauderdale [James] Maitland

Incipit: I supped yesterday with Lord...

Note: See also a Mary Shelley-era copy of this letter in MS. Abinger c. 53, fol. 7

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fol. 87v

[Sarah Anne Parr] to William Godwin

Date postmarked: 21 Apr. 1796

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 2

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 513(b)

Fol(s).: 88-9

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Concerning Godwin's response to a previous letter; Godwin's lack of reason

Mentions Mr. Cordy

Incipit: Did I not send you a most pastoral...

Note: Note: This item's year was identified after foliation, so it is shelfmarked out of sequence. This entry has now been copied to the correct sequence in the catalogue.

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fol. 88r

fol. 88v

fol. 89r

fol. 89v

James Marshall to William Godwin

Date written: 27 Apr. 1795

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 2

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/5

Fol(s).: 90-1

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Marshall's debts; Godwin's disapproval of Marshal's plan to publish some letters

Mentions James Robinson

Incipit: I am not a match...

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fol. 90v

fol. 91r

fol. 91v

Lord Lauderdale, James Maitland to William Godwin

Date written: Wed., 6 May [1795]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 2

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/8(d)

Fol(s).: 92

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

On a visit by Godwin to Lauderdale and future communication on the subject of [Joseph] Gerald [Gerrald]

Incipit: Lord Lauderdale's compliments...

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fol. 92v

Thomas Lawrence to [William Godwin]

Date written: 25 May 1795

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 2

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 507/17

Fol(s).: 93

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Postponing a meeting

Incipit: I am compell'd to take...

Note: See also a Mary Shelley-era copy in MS. Abinger c. 53, fol. 16

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fol. 93v

J[ane] Parr to [William Godwin]

Date written: 5 June 1795

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 2

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 512

Fol(s).: 94

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the keeping of promises; travel arrangments

Mentions Mr Greene.

Incipit: Many years of my life have...

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fol. 94v

Elizabeth Inchbald to William Godwin

Date postmarked: 13 June 1795

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 2

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 509

Fol(s).: 95-6

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a critique of Godwin's novel 'Caleb Williams' (1794)

Mentions ?William Beloe

Incipit: As I expect Sir Charles...

Note: See also a Mary Shelley-era copy in MS. Abinger c. 53, fol. 55

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fol. 95v

fol. 96r

fol. 96v

Samuel Parr to [William Godwin]

Date written: 17 June 1795

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 2

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 514(a)

Fol(s).: 97

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning travel arrangments

Incipit: Take a place I beseech you...

Note: See also a Mary Shelley-era copy in MS. Abinger c. 52, fol. 10

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Samuel Parr to William Godwin

Date written: 19 June 1795

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 2

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 514(a)

Fol(s).: 98

Document type: original, signed

Contents

[Contents unclear]

Incipit: I write to you, as by this Post...

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fol. 98v

Thomas Wedgwood to William Godwin

Date written: 25 June 1795

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 2

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 507/11

Fol(s).: 99-100

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Wedgwood's failure to see Godwin while in London; travel plans

Mentions [Erasmus] Darwin.

Incipit: I am afraid you will...

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fol. 100v

Thomas Holcroft to William Godwin

Date written: 22 July 1795

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 2

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 511

Fol(s).: 101-2

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Holcroft's fall from a ladder; gout; et al.

Mentions [Samuel] Parr; [Thomas] Cooper

Incipit: Had I not forgotten the place of Dr Parr's residence...

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fol. 101r

fol. 101v

fol. 102r

fol. 102v

[Thomas Cooper] to William Godwin

Date postmarked: 24 July 1795

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 2

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/1(a) (fasc 2)

Fol(s).: 103

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Concerning Cooper's studies

Mentions [Thomas] Holcroft.

Incipit: I suppose you are ignorant...

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fol. 103v

Thomas Cooper to William Godwin

Date written: 25 July 1795

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 2

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/1(a) (fasc 2)

Fol(s).: 104-5

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Cooper's travel plans

Mentions [Thomas] Holcroft.

Incipit: I am at a loss to discover wherein consists...

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fol. 104v

fol. 105r

fol. 105v

[?J] Tucker to William Godwin

Date written: 29 July 1795

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 2

Former shelfmark: Dep .b. 214/3

Fol(s).: 106-7

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Godwin's bachelor status; religion and atheism

Letter delivered by Mr Cooper, [?Thomas Cooper]; Mentions Mrs Cole; Miss Braddock.

Incipit: This is not the first time I ...

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fol. 106r

fol. 106v

fol. 107r

fol. 107v

Amelia Alderson to William Godwin

Date written: Fri., 28 Aug. 1795

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 2

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 210/6

Fol(s).: 108-9

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the health of Godwin's friend Mrs Southern; et al.

Mentions [Thomas] Holcroft; [Hannah] Southern [Sothren]; Annabella Plumpton; Dr. Moore; [Thomas] Palmer.

Incipit: I am just return'd from...

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fol. 108v

fol. 109r

fol. 109v

William Godwin to Thomas Wedgwood

Date written: 22 Sept. 1795

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 2

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 228/3

Fol(s).: 110-11

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Regarding Wedgwood's questions to Godwin about the cultivation of the mind; pleasure; charitable institutions; et al.

Incipit: I received great pleasure...

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fol. 110v

fol. 111r

fol. 111v

William Godwin to George Dyson

Date postmarked: 26 Sept. 1795

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 2

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/9(a)

Fol(s).: 112-13

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Dyson's character and vices

Incipit: I have just received a note from you full of vice...

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fol. 112v

fol. 113v

Samuel Parr to William Godwin

Date written: 27 Sept. 1795

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 2

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 512

Fol(s).: 114-15

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Godwin's letters

Incipit: I am just returned...

Note: See also a Mary Shelley-era copy in MS. Abinger c. 52, fol. 9

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fol. 114r

fol. 114v

fol. 115v

George Dyson to William Godwin

Date postmarked: 28 Sept. 1795

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 2

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/2

Fol(s).: 116-17

Document type: original, signed

Contents

On Godwin's opinion of Dyson

Incipit: Surely your feelings are inspired ...

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fol. 116v

fol. 117r

fol. 117v

Thomas Wedgwood to William Godwin

Date written: 29 Sept. [1795]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 2

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/5(a)

Fol(s).: 118-19

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Fragment concerning population and happiness; the effect of factories on health; et al.

Incipit: to days & Morrow, the seeds & nourishment...

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fol. 118v

fol. 119r

fol. 119v

William Dunlap to William Godwin

Date written: 1 Oct. 1795

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 2

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 227/2(d)

Fol(s).: 120-1

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Regarding Godwin's 'Political Justice'; Godwin's plans for the second edition of 'Political Justice'; critique of certain passages in 'Political Justice'; Holcroft; Dunlap's own literary efforts; et al.

(Also includes notes (jottings, figures) in William Godwin's hand)

Mentions [Thomas] Holcroft.

Incipit: You have address'd yourself...

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fol. 120v

fol. 121v

Thomas Wedgwood to [William Godwin]

Date written: 4 Nov. 1795

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 2

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 507/11

Fol(s).: 122

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning copying paper and ink; the likely sufferings of the poor that winter due to the price of wheat; a subscription to [John Horne] Tooke's work; et al.

Incipit: I am afraid it will not be in my power...

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fol. 122v

Thomas Wedgwood to William Godwin

Date written: 6 Nov. 1795

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 2

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 228/3

Fol(s).: 123-4

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning questions of philosophy; presents

Also includes an editor's note in the hand of Mary Shelley

Incipit: It was not my meaning that your...

Note: Paginated 24-5 for ?Mary Shelley's 'Life of William Godwin'

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fol. 123v

fol. 124v

William Godwin to ?

Date written: 5 Nov. 1795

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 2

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/5(a)

Fol(s).: 125

Document type: original or fair copy, signed

Contents

Concerning the interference of the government in the price of corn; Godwin's opinions on commerce

(Also includes an endorsment in unknown hand)

Mentions [George] Robinson; [John Horne] Tooke

Incipit: You suggest the idea of my offering some hints...

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fol. 125v

Thomas Wedgwood to [William Godwin]

Date written: 9 Nov. 1795

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 2

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 228/3

Fol(s).: 126-7

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning questions of philosophy; presents

Also includes editor's notes in hand of Mary Shelley

Incipit: You have now sufficiently...

Note: An additional editor's note was originally attached, and is now in MS. Abinger c. 62, fol. 73

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fol. 126v

fol. 127r

fol. 127v

William Godwin to Thomas Wedgwood

Date written: 10 Nov. 1795

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 2

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 228/3

Fol(s).: 128-9

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning questions of philosophy; presents

Incipit: I am charmed with the...

Note: Paginated 32-4 for ?Mary Shelley's 'Life of William Godwin'

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fol. 128v

fol. 129r

fol. 129v

Samuel Parr to William Godwin

Date received: 25 Nov. 1795

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 2

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 512

Fol(s).: 130-1

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Godwin's desertion by friends since the publication of 'Political Justice' (1793); Parr's opinion of Morley

Incipit: Do not suppose that...

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fol. 130r

fol. 130v

fol. 131r

fol. 131v

George Dyson to William Godwin

Date postmarked: 30 Nov. 1795

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 2

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/2

Fol(s).: 132-3

Document type: original, initialled

Contents

On Godwin's latest work

Incipit: Recent from the...

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fol. 133r

fol. 133v

Samuel Parr to William Godwin

Date written: 2 Dec. 1795

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 2

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 512

Fol(s).: 134-5

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Thanking Godwin for some books; Godwin's pamphlet about [William] Pitt's two bills ['Considerations on Lord Grenville's and Mr Pitt's Bills' (1795)]; other political matters

Mentions Mr Faulder; Dr Jeddes; [Charles] Fox; Mr Malone.

Incipit: Permit me to return my respectful and thankful...

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fol. 135r

fol. 135v

[Samuel Parr] to William Godwin

Date received: 16 Dec. 1795

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 2

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 512

Fol(s).: 136-7

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Concerning Greek translations

Mentions Mr Faulder; Dr Walker; Mr Bacon.

Incipit: I thank you for executing the...

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fol. 136v

fol. 137r

fol. 137v

James Mackintosh to [William Godwin]

Date received: 16 Dec. 1795

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 3

Former shelfmark: Dep.b.214/6(a)

Fol(s).: 1

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Letter of introduction for the bearer

Mentions G[eorge] Robinson

Incipit: The bearer is a young Man of good...

Note: See also a Mary Shelley-era copy in MS. Abinger c. 53, fol. 14

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fol. 1r

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[Amelia Alderson] to William Godwin

Date postmarked: 27 Dec. 1795

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 3

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 210/6

Fol(s).: 2

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Fragment, concerning mutual acquaintances; et al

Mentions Mrs Robinson; Mary Hays; Lady Sophia Butler

Incipit: for Lady Sophia Butler...

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John Fenwick to William Godwin

Date postmarked: 29 Dec. 1795

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 3

Former shelfmark: Dep .b. 214/3

Fol(s).: 3-4

Document type: original, initialled

Contents

Concerning a pamphlet

Incipit: The following is an extract from a letter...

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fol. 3v

fol. 4r

fol. 4v

William Godwin to ?

Date written: Thur., 31 Dec. 1795

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 3

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/5(a)

Fol(s).: 5

Document type: original or fair copy, signed

Contents

Concerning a prospective tenancy

Incipit: I received your letter Tuesday...

Note: See also a Mary Shelley-era copy in MS. Abinger c. 53, fol. 15

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fol. 5r

Joseph Fawcett to [William Godwin]

Date written: 10 Mar. ?1795

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 3

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 514(a)

Fol(s).: 6

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the printing of Fawcett's 'Elegies'

(Also includes notes on Shakespeare etc. in William Godwin's hand)

Mentions [Joseph] Johnson

Incipit: It seems as I were...

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J[ohn] Stoddart to [William Godwin]

Date dated: 15 Jan. 1796

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 3

Former shelfmark: Dep .b. 214/3

Fol(s).: 7

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a meeting; improving character

Incipit: It was not certainly my...

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fol. 7v

? to William Godwin

Date postmarked: 22 Jan. 1796

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 3

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 607/2

Fol(s).: 8-9

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Concerning the writer's health; Godwin's proposal of a walk to the Temple

(Also includes notes (a list of names) in William Godwin's hand)

Incipit: To use at third hand the metaphor...

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fol. 8r

fol. 8v

fol. 9r

fol. 9v

[Elizabeth Inchbald] to William Godwin

Date written: Fri., 22 Jan. [1796]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 3

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 509

Fol(s).: 10-11

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Seeking Godwin's opinion of a work

(Also includes notes (arithmetic) in William Godwin's hand)

Mentions [Thomas] Holcroft

Incipit: I have finished my Book...

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fol. 11r

fol. 11v

John King to [William Godwin]

Date written: 26 Jan. 1796

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 3

Former shelfmark: Dep .b. 214/3

Fol(s).: 12-13

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning [Godwin's] doctrine of non-partisanship

Incipit: There are qualities enough...

Note: See also letterpress copies of the drafts of the letter from Godwin to King that elicited this response in MS. Abinger c. 22, fols. 13-17. A Mary Shelley-era copy of Godwin's letter is in MS. Abinger c. 53 (fols. 24-7)

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fol. 12v

fol. 13r

Thomas Lawrence to [William Godwin]

Date written: 2 Feb. 1796

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 3

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 507/17

Fol(s).: 14

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Lawrence's inability to keep an appointment to dine

Mentions [John Horne] Tooke.

Incipit: The enclos'd Paper...

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fol. 14v

Lord Lauderdale, James Maitland to [William Godwin]

Date dated: 4 Feb. 1796

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 3

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 514(b)

Fol(s).: 15

Document type: original, signed

Contents

An invitation to dine; a research enquiry

Incipit: You may upon commanding every...

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fol. 15v

Amelia Alderson to William Godwin

Date written: 5 Feb. [1796]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 3

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 210/6

Fol(s).: 16-17

Document type: original, initialled

Contents

Concerning Godwin's 'Considerations'; Godwin's friend Mrs Southern; Holcroft and his daughter

Mentions Mrs Southern, probably Hannah Sothren; Mentions [Thomas] Holcroft; (?the politician) Thomas Hardy

Incipit: As I should find it very...

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fol. 16v

fol. 17r

fol. 17v

Richard Twiss to William Godwin

Date written: Sat., 6 Feb. 1796

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 3

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 766/2

Fol(s).: 18r & 19v

Document type: original, signed

Contents

An invitation to dine

Incipit: Do me the favour to come...

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fol. 19v

[William Godwin] to [Thomas Lawrence]

Date written: [20] [Feb.] [1796]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 3

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 766/2

Fol(s).: 18v-19r

Document type: draft, in the hand of William Godwin

Contents

Concerning the recipient's state of mind and health

Also includes an editor's note in the hand of ?Mary Shelley

Mentions [John] Horne Tooke

Incipit: I have felt considerable anxiety...

Note: See also a Mary Shelley-era copy in MS. Abinger c. 53, fols. 28-30

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fol. 19r

Amelia Alderson to William Godwin

Date written: 12 Feb. 1796

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 3

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 210/6

Fol(s).: 20-1

Document type: original, initialled

Contents

Concerning Alderson's work 'Tiberius Gracchus'; Alderson's dramatization of 'The Sorcerer'; failure to secure a theatre for the play; Alderson's wish that Godwin could review and correct her script; request for news of acquaintances

Mentions [Thomas] Cooper; [?Thomas] Harris; [?John Philip] Kemble; [Thomas] Holcroft; [?John] Thelwal [Thelwall]; [John] Horne Tooke.

Incipit: "It cannot rain but...

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fol. 21r

fol. 21v

J[ohn] Stoddart to William Godwin

Date written: 17 Feb. 1796

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 3

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/6

Fol(s).: 22-3

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the despotism of talent; views on Burke and the Bishop of Durham; a response to Boaden's pamphlet on Shakespeare; et al.

Mentions [Edmund] Burke; Bishop of Durham [Shute Barrington]; [James] Boaden

Incipit: The only difficulty that I feel...

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fol. 23r

fol. 23v

Thomas Lawrence to [William Godwin]

Date written: Wed., 17 [Feb.] 1796

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 3

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 507/17

Fol(s).: 24

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Giving the reasons why Lawrence cannot keep an appointment

Incipit: An affair of a domestic nature...

Note: See also a Mary Shelley-era copy in MS. Abinger c. 54, fol. 24

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fol. 24v

Edward Henry [Illiff] to William Godwin

Date postmarked: 27 Feb. [1796]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 16

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 527(b)

Fol(s).: fol(s). 3-4

Note: This item's date was identified after foliation, so it is shelfmarked out of sequence. See MS. Abinger. c. 16, fols. 3-4 for the full description.

[Sarah] Anne [Parr] to William Godwin

Date postmarked: 23 Mar. 1796

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 3

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 227/2(d)

Fol(s).: 25-6

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Regarding her opinions of truth and precision; et al.

Incipit: They say I must date this thing so...

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fol. 26r

fol. 26v

[Thomas Cooper] to William Godwin

Date written: 26 Mar. 1796

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 3

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/1(a) (fasc 2)

Fol(s).: 27-8

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Concerning Cooper's acting

(Also includes notes (arithmetic) in William Godwin's hand)

Mentions Thomas Holcroft; Mrs Robinson

Incipit: I do not know exactly how...

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fol. 28r

fol. 28v

Amelia Alderson to [William Godwin]

Date written: 1 Apr. 1796

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 3

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 210/6

Fol(s).: 29

Document type: original, initialled

Contents

Regarding Alderson's play; et al.

Mentions [Robert] Merry; Mrs [?Ann] M[?erry]

Incipit: You are very imprudent to say...

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fol. 29v

[Amelia Alderson] to [William Godwin]

Date dated: 11 Apr. 1796

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 3

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 607/2

Fol(s).: 30

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Fragment, concerning the recipient's criticism of the author's play

Mentions R[ichard] Twiss

Incipit: I think it necessary to...

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[Sarah Anne Parr] to William Godwin

Date postmarked: 21 Apr. 1796

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 2

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 513(b)

Fol(s).: 88-9

Note: This item's year was identified after foliation, so it is shelfmarked out of sequence. See MS. Abinger c. 2, fols. 88-9 for the full description.

Elizabeth Cooper to William Godwin

Date written: 13 May 1796

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 3

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/1(b)

Fol(s).: 31-2

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Thomas Cooper's performance in a play

Mentions [?William] Dimond

Incipit: "I tremble for...

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fol. 32r

fol. 32v

Amelia Alderson to William Godwin

Date postmarked: 17 Aug. 1796

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 3

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 210/6

Fol(s).: 33-4

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Godwin's failure to meet Alderson; opinion of Mrs. Imlay; et al.

Mentions [Mary] Imlay [Mary Wollstonecraft]; [James Alderson]

Incipit: You are right in thinking it wrong...

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fol. 33v

fol. 34r

fol. 34v

Robert Merry to William Godwin

Date written: 19 Sept. 1796

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 3

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 514(a)

Fol(s).: 35-6

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Merry's departure for America; the distribution of money

Mentions [?Thomas] Cooper

Incipit: I am going for America...

Note: See also a Mary Shelley-era copy in MS. Abinger c. 52, fol. 7

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fol. 36v

William Godwin to [Robert Merry]

Date written: 20 Sept. 1796

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 3

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 514(a)

Fol(s).: 37

Document type: original or fair copy, signed

Contents

On the Merrys' voluntary banishment

Incipit: Yesterday evening I heard of your...

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Amelia Alderson to William Godwin

Date postmarked: 14 Oct. 1796

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 3

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 210/6

Fol(s).: 38-9

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Merry's plan to leave England; Alderson's play; et al.

Mentions [Thomas] Holcroft; [Ann] Merry; [James Alderson]; Richardson; Miss Hayes probably Mary Hays; Rigby; [?John] Thelwall; [Mary] Imlay [Mary Wollstonecraft]

Incipit: I consider you as so...

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fol. 39r

fol. 39v

[Amelia Alderson] to William Godwin

Date written: Wed., 1 Nov. 1796

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 3

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 210/6

Fol(s).: 40-1

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Concerning Godwin's silence and sarcasm; [Alderson's] play; Mrs Imlay; news of acquaintances

Also includes note initialled M.J.G [Mary Jane Godwin]

Mentions [Mary] Imlay [Mary Wollstonecraft]; R[ichard] Twiss; B[asil] Montague [Montagu]; [John Horne] Tooke; [Robert] Merry; [Ann] Merry; Miss Hayes probably Mary Hays

Incipit: What a sweet tempered creature...

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fol. 41r

fol. 41v

Amelia Alderson to William Godwin

Date written: Sun., 13 Nov. 1796

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 3

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 210/6

Fol(s).: 42-3

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Godwin's opinion of Alderson's play; new ideas for the play; et al.

Mentions Mrs Pocklington; John Taylor; B Malkin; D[?octor] Morgan

Incipit: Miss Alderson has received the parcel...

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fol. 43r

fol. 43v

[Amelia Alderson] to [William Godwin]

Date written: 18 Nov. 1796

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 3

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 210/6

Fol(s).: 44-5

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Concerning apples from Norfolk; alterations to a play; a report of Mrs Imlay's need for money; et al.

Mentions [Mary] Imlay [Mary Wollstonecraft]

Incipit: I think I see y[ou]r wonder...

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fol. 45r

fol. 45v

[Amelia Alderson] to [William Godwin]

Date written: 22 Dec. 1796

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 3

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 210/6

Fol(s).: 46-7

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Concerning displeasure with [Godwin]; his critique of [Alderson's] play; a benefactor; et al.

Mentions [Dorothy] Jordan; Richardson; [Mary] Imlay [Mary Wollstonecraft]

Incipit: "Never 'till now" did I feel any...

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fol. 47r

fol. 47v

J[ohn] Taylor to [William Godwin]

Date written: Mon., 22 Feb. ?1796

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 3

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/4

Fol(s).: 48

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Returning a book (mostly unread); quarrel with [Robert] Merry

Incipit: I am heartily ashamed of having...

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William Godwin to Thomas Wedgwood

Date written: 30 Jan. 1797

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 3

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/5(a)

Fol(s).: 49-50

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the quality of Wedgwood's mind and metaphysical observations

Mentions [David] Hartley; [David] Hume

Incipit: I am much pleased with the perusal...

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fol. 50r

fol. 50v

William Godwin to Thomas Wedgwood

Date written: 28 Feb. 1797

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 3

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 513(a)

Fol(s).: 51-2

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Attempting to borrow money from Wedgwood

Incipit: I write to you now...

Note: See also a Mary Shelley-era copy in MS. Abinger c. 54, fols. 30-1

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fol. 52v

William Godwin to Thomas Wedgwood

Date written: 4 Mar. 1797

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 3

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 507/13

Fol(s).: 53-4

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Acknowledging receipt of a letter; claiming to be a sceptic

Incipit: You desire me to acknowledge...

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Samuel Parr to William Godwin

Date dated: 7 Mar. 1797

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 3

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 528(a)

Fol(s).: 55-6

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Catholic doctrine; et al.

Incipit: Last night I returned from...

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fol. 56r

fol. 56v

Thomas Holcroft to William Godwin

Date written: 6 Apr. 1797

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 3

Former shelfmark: Dep.b.214/6(b)

Fol(s).: 57-8

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Godwin's marriage

Mentions [Mary Wollstonecraft]

Incipit: From my very heart and soul I give you...

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fol. 58r

[Elizabeth Inchbald] to William Godwin

Date dated: 11 Apr. 1797

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 3

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 509

Fol(s).: 59

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Wishing the Godwins joy; rearranging an engagement

Mentions [?Frederick Mansel] Reynolds; [Mary] Godwin [Mary Wollstonecraft]

Incipit: I most sincerely wish you...

Note: See also a Mary Shelley-era copy in MS. Abinger c. 52, fol. 6

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fol. 59v

William Godwin to Thomas Wedgwood

Date written: 19 Apr. 1797

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 3

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 227/2(a)

Fol(s).: 60-1

Document type: original, signed

Contents

On works considering emotion; perception and sensation; Wedgwood's health; Godwin's marriage; opinions of marriage in 'Political Justice'; et al.

Mentions [David] Hume; [Erasmus] Darwin; B[asil] Montagu

Incipit: Previous to my taking up...

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fol. 61r

fol. 61v

Hugh Skeys to William Godwin

Date written: 2 May 1797

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 3

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/2(a)

Fol(s).: 62-3

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning losses in Skeys' family; news of [Eliza] Bishop

Incipit: I do now find myself...

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fol. 62v

fol. 63r

fol. 63v

Ann Godwin to William Godwin

Date written: 3 May 1797

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 3

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 516/1

Fol(s).: 64-5

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the death of Godwin's cousin; William Godwin's marriage; et al.

Mentions ?Hannah Sothren; Mrs Jo. Godwin; Hannah [Godwin]; [James] Marshal [Marshall]

Incipit: What you say respecting your dear Cousin's...

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fol. 64v

fol. 65v

Thomas Wedgwood to William Godwin

Date written: 26 May 1797

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 3

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 507/11

Fol(s).: 66-7

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Accusing Godwin of distance of manner; et al.

Incipit: When I last called upon you...

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fol. 67r

fol. 67v

William Godwin to Thomas Wedgwood

Date written: 30 May 1797

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 3

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/5(a)

Fol(s).: 68-9

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning visits from the recipient; on the recipient's power of disquisition

Incipit: I received your letter of Friday...

Note: See also a Godwin letterpress copy in MS. Abinger c. 22, fols. 33-4 and a Mary Shelley-era copy in MS. Abinger c. 54, fols 32-3

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fol. 68v

fol. 69v

Thomas Holcroft to William Godwin

Date written: 26 July 1797

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 3

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 511

Fol(s).: 70-1

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Holcroft's visit to Godwin's mother; et al.

Mentions [Ann Godwin]; Major Harwood; [Anne] Harwood; Fanny [Holcroft]

Incipit: It was my intention...

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fol. 71r

fol. 71v

G[eorge] Colman to [William Godwin]

Date written: 30 July 1797

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 3

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/1(l)

Fol(s).: 72

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning free theatre admission

Incipit: I acknowledge your claim upon me...

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Thomas Wedgwood to William Godwin

Date written: 31 July 1797

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 3

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 507/11

Fol(s).: 73-4

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Wedgwood's plan to create grand experiments in education

Mentions [Thomas] Beddoes; [John Horne] Tooke; [Thomas] Holcroft; [Samuel Taylor] Coleridge; [William] Wordsworth; [George] Dyson; [John] Stoddart

Incipit: Fortune has placed a considerable...

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fol. 74r

fol. 74v

Charlotte Smith to William Godwin

Date written: 1 Sept. 1797

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 3

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/6

Fol(s).: 95-6

Note: Note: This item's date was identified after foliation, so it is shelfmarked out of sequence. See MS. Abinger c. 3, fols. 95-6 for the full description.

Thomas Holcroft to William Godwin

Date written: 10 Sept. [1797]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 3

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 511

Fol(s).: 75-6

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning [the death of Mary Wollstonecraft]

Mentions [George] Tuthill

Incipit: I am so overwhelmed by the intelligence...

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[Elizabeth Inchbald] to William Godwin

Date written: [10-11 Sept. 1797]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 3

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 509

Fol(s).: 120-1

Note: This item's date was identified after foliation, so it is shelfmarked out of sequence. See MS. Abinger c. 3, fols. 120-1 for the full description.

Elizabeth Inchbald to [William Godwin]

Date written: Mon., 11 Sept. 1797

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 3

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 509

Fol(s).: 77-8

Document type: original, initialled

Contents

Offering condolences

Mentions [Mary Wollstonecraft]; [Richard] Twiss; Mrs Twiss

Incipit: The ceremony of condolence...

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fol. 78r

fol. 78v

Joseph Johnson to William Godwin

Date written: [10-12] [Sept.] [1797]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 3

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/2(a)

Fol(s).: 97-8

Note: Note: This item's date was identified after foliation, so it is shelfmarked out of sequence. See MS. Abinger c. 3, fols. 97-8 for the full description.

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Joseph Johnson to William Godwin

Date written: 12 Sept. 1797

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 3

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/2(a)

Fol(s).: 79-80

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning [Henry] Fuseli's relationship with Mrs Godwin [Mary Wollstonecraft]

Incipit: In the list you shew'd this morning...

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Samuel Parr to William Godwin

Date written: 12 Sept. [1797]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 3

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/2(a)

Fol(s).: 81-3

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the practice of justice; the birth of Godwin's child; Parr's opinion of Godwin's book

Mentions [?Thomas] Wedgwood; [Mary Wollstonecraft]; [David] Hume

Incipit: When your letter came...

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fol. 82r

fol. 82v

fol. 83r

fol. 83v

Joseph Johnson to [William Godwin]

Date written: 13 Sept. 1797

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 3

Former shelfmark: Dep .b. 214/3

Fol(s).: 84

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning ?Mary Wollstonecraft's funeral

Incipit: I will certainly be ready in time...

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M. Cotton to [William Godwin]

Date written: 13 Sept. [1797]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 3

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/6

Fol(s).: 85

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the death of Mrs Godwin

Mentions [Mary] Godwin [Mary Wollstonecraft]

Incipit: A paragraph in ye papers...

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Samuel Parr to William Godwin

Date written: 13 Sept. [1797]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 3

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 514(a)

Fol(s).: 86

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the [death of Mary Wollstonecraft]

Incipit: With great sincerity...

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Charlotte Fawcett to William Godwin and James Marshall

Date postmarked: 14 Sept. 1797

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 3

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 514(a)

Fol(s).: 87-8

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning [Joseph Fawcett's] imminent arrival

Mentions [Mary Wollstonecraft]

Incipit: With a hand trembling...

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[Elizabeth Inchbald] to William Godwin

Date postmarked: 14 Sept. 1797

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 3

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 509

Fol(s).: 89-90

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Concerning friendship with Mrs Godwin

Mentions [Mary] Godwin [Mary Wollstonecraft]

Incipit: I could refute every charge you allege...

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William Nicholson to William Godwin

Date written: 18 Sept. 1797

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 3

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/2(a)

Fol(s).: 91-2

Document type: original, signed

Contents

On the physiognomy of the infant [Mary Shelley]

Incipit: When I had the pleasure of seeing...

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Hugh Skeys to William Godwin

Date written: 29 Sept. 1797

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 3

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/6

Fol(s).: 93-4

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the death of Mrs Godwin; invitation to Godwin to visit Skeys

Mentions [Mary] Godwin [Mary Wollstonecraft]; [Eliza] Bishop; [Everina] Wollstonecraft; Mrs Skeys

Incipit: I am unable to conjecture whether...

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fol. 94r

fol. 94v

Charlotte Smith to William Godwin

Date written: 1 Sept. 1797

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 3

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/6

Fol(s).: 95-6

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the marriage of Smith's daughter; seeking help finding a house for her daughter and son-in-law; et al.

Mentions [Mary] Godwin [Mary Wollstonecraft]

Incipit: Will you forgive me if...

Note: Note: This item's date was identified after foliation, so it is shelfmarked out of sequence. This entry has now been copied to the correct sequence in the catalogue.

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fol. 96r

fol. 96v

Joseph Johnson to William Godwin

Date written: [10-12] [Sept.] [1797]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 3

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/2(a)

Fol(s).: 97-8

Document type: original, initialled

Contents

Concerning the death of [Mary Wollstonecraft]

Incipit: I have had daily notices...

Note: Note: This item's date was identified after foliation, so it is shelfmarked out of sequence. This entry has now been copied to the correct sequence in the catalogue.

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fol. 98v

Amelia Alderson to William Godwin

Date written: 11 Oct. 1797

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 3

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/2(a)

Fol(s).: 99-100

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the death of [Mary Wollstonecraft]

Mentions [Thomas] Holcroft

Incipit: Before I obtained leave...

Note: See also an unaddressed reply by William Godwin in MS. Abinger c. 22, fols. 67-9, and a Mary Shelley-era copy of the reply in MS. Abinger c. 55, fols. 17-20

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fol. 100v

Anthony Carlisle to William Godwin

Date written: Sat., 14 Oct. [1797]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 3

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 514(a)

Fol(s).: 101

Document type: original, signed

Contents

A dinner invitation; requesting a set of Mrs Godwin's works; extract of letter from Thomas Wedgwood

Mentions [Mary] Godwin [Mary Wollstonecraft]

Incipit: I wish you would dine...

Note: See also a Mary Shelley-era copy in MS. Abinger c. 53, fol. 18

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I.B. Johnson to William Godwin

Date written: 13 Nov. 1797

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 3

Former shelfmark: Dep .b. 214/3

Fol(s).: 102-3

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the death of Mrs Godwin; her travels in France

Mentions [Mary] Godwin [Mary Wollstonecraft]; Thomas Christie; George Foster; [Gilbert] Imlay; [Thomas] Paine; [Maximin] Isnard; [Pierre] Roederer; Miss Christie; [Marie-Jeanne] Rolande [Roland]

Incipit: A Tour I was making...

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fol. 103r

fol. 103v

Everina Wollstonecraft to William Godwin

Date written: 24 Nov. 1797

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 3

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 523

Fol(s).: 104-5

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Godwin's intention of publishing a life of Mary [Wollstonecraft]; correcting mistakes in the record

(Also includes notes (a list of place names) in William Godwin's hand)

Mentions Eliza [Bishop]; [Hugh] Skeys; [Sarah] Burgh; Mr Church; Fanny Blood [Skeys]; Mrs Campbell; [Susanna] Home; [Edward Wollstonecraft]

Incipit: I have delayed writing to you a long time...

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fol. 105r

fol. 105v

Hugh Skeys to William Godwin

Date written: 5 Dec. 1797

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 3

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/6

Fol(s).: 106-7

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Skeys' opinion of Godwin's works, particularly on truth; Skeys' marriages; et al.

Mentions [James] Marshall; [Henry] Grattan

Incipit: I receiv'd yesterday, your very kind Letter...

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fol. 107r

fol. 107v

Thomas Wedgwood to William Godwin

Date written: 7 Dec. 1797

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 3

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 228/3

Fol(s).: 108

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Anticipating a meeting with Godwin; giving Godwin forty pounds

Mentions [Basil] Montagu

Incipit: I write now to apprise you...

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Charlotte Smith to William Godwin

Date written: 7 Dec. [1797]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 3

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 526/2

Fol(s).: 109-110

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the death of Mary Woolstonecraft [Wollstonecraft]; Smith's early marriage; et al.

Incipit: I came to Town on Tuesday, & only...

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fol. 110v

Thomas Wedgwood to William Godwin

Date written: 25 Dec. 1797

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 3

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 228/3

Fol(s).: 111-12

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Regarding Godwin's need for money; the discretion of Wedgwood and Godwin's acquaintance [Basil] Montagu; Godwin's character; et al.

Mentions [James] Tobin or [John] Tobin

Incipit: Tobin interrupted us...

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fol. 112r

fol. 112v

William Nicholson to William Godwin

Date written: ?Sept. [1797]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 3

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 229/1(b)

Fol(s).: 113-14

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Letter of condolence

Mentions [Mary Wollstonecraft]; Fanny [Godwin]

Incipit: I very truly sympathise with...

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fol. 114r

William Nicholson to William Godwin

Date written: [1797]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 3

Former shelfmark: Dep .b. 214/3

Fol(s).: 115-16

Document type: original, initialled

Contents

A draft death notice for Mary Godwin [Mary Wollstonecraft]; includes postscript on W.N.'s personal feelings about her

Incipit: When you have corrected...

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? to [William Godwin]

Date written: c. 1797

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 3

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/6

Fol(s).: 117

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Concerning the death of Mrs Godwin

Mentions [Mary] Godwin [Mary Wollstonecraft]; [Eliza] Fenwick

Incipit: Myself & Mrs. Fenwick...

Note: Possibly written by Mrs [Catherine] Nicholson?

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George Tuthill to William Godwin

Date written: ?1797

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 3

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/2(a)

Fol(s).: 118-19

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning ?the funeral of Mary Wollstonecraft

Incipit: I have reconsidered the...

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fol. 119v

[Elizabeth Inchbald] to William Godwin

Date written: [10-11 Sept. 1797]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 3

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 509

Fol(s).: 120-1

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Concerning [Mary Wollstonecraft]

Mentions Charlotte Smith

Incipit: You have shocked me beyond...

Note: Note: This item's date was identified after foliation, so it is shelfmarked out of sequence. This entry has now been copied to the correct sequence in the catalogue.

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fol. 121r

fol. 121v

William Godwin to Thomas Wedgwood

Date written: 3 Jan. 1798

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 3

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 228/3

Fol(s).: 122-3

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Regarding Wedgwood's view that Godwin lacks sympathy; the advantages of cohabitation; Godwin's knowledge of metaphysics; et al.

Incipit: I received uncommon pleasure...

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fol. 123r

fol. 123v

Thomas Wedgwood to William Godwin

Date written: 6 Jan. 1798

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 3

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 228/3

Fol(s).: 124-5

Document type: original, initialled

Contents

Wedgwood's appreciation of Godwin's judgement; friendship; et al.

Incipit: It is hardly necessary for me...

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fol. 125r

fol. 125v

William Godwin to ?

Date written: 10 Jan. 1798

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 3

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/5(a)

Fol(s).: 126

Document type: original or fair copy, signed

Contents

Concerning Dr. [Samuel] Johnson

Incipit: I write now merely to acquaint you...

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Ann Godwin to William Godwin

Date written: 26 Jan. 1798

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 3

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 516/1

Fol(s).: 127

Document type: original, initialled

Contents

Accounts of the deaths of various of Ann Godwin's neighbours; ill health; family news

(Also includes notes (arithmetic) in William Godwin's hand)

Mentions Thomas Keelor; John Garrett; Mr Cubit; Joseph Godwin; Mary Godwin [Mary Wollstonecraft]

Incipit: I wrote you last Oct you are still...

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Sarah Siddons to William Godwin

Date dated: 29 Jan. 1798

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 3

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/1(d)

Fol(s).: 128-129

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Thanking Godwin for a present

Incipit: Mrs Siddons com[plimen]ts to...

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John Clarke to William Godwin

Date postmarked: 30 Jan. 1798

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 4

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 526/2

Fol(s).: 1-2

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the posthumous works and 'Memoirs'

Mentions [Mary] Godwin [Mary Wollstonecraft]

Incipit: I beg leave to offer...

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C. P. Cooper to [William Godwin]

Date written: 2 Feb. 1798

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 4

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 508

Fol(s).: 3

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Seeking Godwin's advice on the content of a letter

Mentions Mr Dorset [?Dorsett]

Incipit: Will you be kind enough to...

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[Hannah Godwin] to William Godwin

Date postmarked: 5 Feb. 1798

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 4

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 811/1

Fol(s).: 4-5

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Concerning Godwin's memoirs of [Mary Wollstonecraft]

Mentions [Ann Godwin]

Incipit: When Louise told me you had...

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fol. 5r

fol. 5v

J[ames] Northcote to William Godwin

Date written: Mon., 19 Feb. [1798]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 4

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 507/18

Fol(s).: 6-7

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Accepting an invitation to dine

(Also includes brief note in William Godwin's hand)

Incipit: Mr. Northcote's Complements...

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Louisa Jones to William Godwin

Date written: 9 Mar. 1798

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 4

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 508

Fol(s).: 8-9

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the care of Godwin's children; news of visitors to Godwin's house

Mentions Fanny [Godwin]; Mary [Shelley]; [Maria] Reveley; Mrs Martin; Mr Kitson; [James] Marshal [Marshall]; [John] Fenwick; [George] Dyson; [?Joseph] Johnson; [?Joseph] Fawcett

Incipit: Not a word amongst your...

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fol. 9r

fol. 9v

J[?ohn] W[?estbrooke] Chandler to William Godwin

Date postmarked: 18 Mar. 1798

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 4

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 526/2

Fol(s).: 10-11

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning N's opinion that Chandler should not become Godwin's disciple; et al.

Incipit: I am at a loss to know why...

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fol. 11r

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Henry Dibbin to William Godwin

Date written: 6 Apr. 1798

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 4

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 227/2(d)

Fol(s).: 12-13

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the health of Dibbin and Godwin's mutual acquaintance [George] Dyson

Incipit: As I shall not see you...

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Ann Godwin to William Godwin

Date postmarked: 30 Apr. 1798

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 4

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 516/1

Fol(s).: 14-15

Document type: original, initialled

Contents

Thanking Godwin for sending his memoirs of [Mary Wollstonecraft]; the care of his children; et al.

Mentions Hannah [Godwin]; Natty [Nathaniel Godwin]

Incipit: I'm a poor letter writer at best...

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H[enry] Grattan to [William Godwin]

Date dated: 5 May 1798

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 4

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 227/2(d)

Fol(s).: 16-17

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Grattan's intention to call

(Also includes notes (a list of events from Feb. to May. in Ireland) in William Godwin's hand)

Incipit: I was favoured with your...

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Rowland Maltby and William Maltby to William Godwin

Date written: 8 May 1798

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 4

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 526/2

Fol(s).: 18-19

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a debt for books

Incipit: We are desired by the assigner...

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[Richard] Sherman to William Godwin

Date written: 10 May 1798

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 4

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 526/2

Fol(s).: 20-1

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Concerning [Mary Wollstonecraft's] book debts

Mentions [Rowland] Maltby or [William] Maltby

Incipit: Mr Sherman's Compliments to Mr. Godwyn...

Note: This letter probably answers a letterpress letter of Godwin's in MS. Abinger c. 22, fol. 96

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fol. 21v

J[?ohn] W[?estbrooke] Chandler to William Godwin

Date written: 11 May 1798

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 4

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 229/9

Fol(s).: 22-3

Document type: original, signed

Contents

An invitation to dine

(Also includes notes on the formation of character, in William Godwin's hand)

Incipit: Will you go to the Shakespeare...

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fol. 23r

fol. 23v

William Godwin to Thomas Wedgwood

Date written: 14, 22 May 1798

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 4

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 228/3

Fol(s).: 24-5

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning financial difficulties; request for advance money secured upon literary efforts

Mentions George Ross; [George] Robinson

Incipit: Some time ago you wrote...

Note: See also a letterpress copy in MS. Abinger c. 22, fols. 97-9 and a Mary Shelley-era copy in MS. Abinger c. 55, fols. 24-6

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fol. 25r

fol. 25v

William Godwin to Thomas Wedgwood

Date written: 26 May 1798

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 4

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/5(a)

Fol(s).: 26-7

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a visit to Wedgwood

Incipit: Your letter of the date of Wednesday...

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William Godwin to [Harriet Lee]

Date written: Sat., 2 June 1798

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 4

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 228/4(b)

Fol(s).: 28

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Regarding the lack of response to Godwin's letter

Also includes comments in another hand, possibly Harriet or Sophia Lee

Incipit: I have been extremely mortified...

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Harriet Lee to William Godwin

Date written: 4 June 1798

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 4

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 507/6

Fol(s).: 29-30

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Arranging a meeting with Godwin in Bath

Incipit: Both my sisters & myself...

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Harriet Lee to William Godwin

Date written: 16 June 1798

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 4

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 228/4(c)

Fol(s).: 31-2

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Regarding Lee's feelings; plans to travel to London

Incipit: I should suspect myself to be deficient either in understanding or right feeling...

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fol. 32r

fol. 32v

Thomas Cooper to William Godwin

Date written: 19, 21 July 1798

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 4

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/1(a) (fasc 2)

Fol(s).: 33-4

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Cooper's acting

Incipit: It must be so...

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fol. 34r

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Harriet Lee to William Godwin

Date written: 31 July 1798

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 4

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 228/4(c)

Fol(s).: 35-6

Document type: original, initalled

Contents

Regarding Lee and Godwin's differences of opinion

Incipit: You distress me, Sir...

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fol. 36r

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Harriet Lee to William Godwin

Date written: 7 Aug. 1798

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 4

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 228/4(c)

Fol(s).: 37-8

Document type: original, initalled

Contents

Concerning Godwin's appeal to Sophia Lee; Harriet Lee's wish to say farewell

Incipit: The Justice due both...

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John Arnot to William Godwin

Date written: Fri., 10 Aug. 1798

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 4

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/7 (fasc 1)

Fol(s).: 39-40

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Arnot's travels; Arnot's estate

Mentions Louisa [Jones]

Incipit: I shall leave this place tomorrow...

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fol. 40r

fol. 40v

Thomas Malthus to William Godwin

Date written: 20 Aug. [1798]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 4

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 525/1

Fol(s).: 41-4

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning perfectibility and happiness; population; et al.

Mentions [?Joseph] Johnson; [Richard] Price

Incipit: I went out of Town almost immediately...

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fol. 42r

fol. 42v

fol. 43r

fol. 43v

fol. 44r

fol. 44v

William Godwin to Thomas Wedgwood

Date written: 29 Sept. 1798

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 4

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/5(a)

Fol(s).: 45-6

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a proposed visit from Godwin declined by Wedgwood; difficulties in the publication of Godwin's latest novel; request for money from Wedgwood

Mentions [George] Robinson

Incipit: I felt some disappointment certainly from you...

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fol. 46r

fol. 46v

A. Kingsman to William Godwin

Date postmarked: 29 Sept. 1798

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 4

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 227/2(d)

Fol(s).: 47-8

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Thanking Godwin for a letter

Incipit: As I have the pleasure of...

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William Godwin to Thomas Wedgwood

Date written: 5 Oct. 1798

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 4

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 228/3

Fol(s).: 49-50

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Thanking Wedgwood for giving him money; personal habits; visit to Wedgwood's home

Incipit: I have received your letter...

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fol. 50r

fol. 50v

John Arnot to William Godwin

Date written: 22 Oct. 1798

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 4

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/7 (fasc 1)

Fol(s).: 51-2

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Arnot's travels

(Also includes notes (a list of names and sums) in William Godwin's hand)

Mentions Peter Reid

Incipit: I arrived here on the 17th...

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Thomas Holcroft to William Godwin

Date written: 1 Nov. 1798

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 4

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 511

Fol(s).: 53-4

Document type: original, initialled

Contents

Concerning a picture; a subscription

(Also includes notes (a list of Spanish names and arithmetic) in William Godwin's hand)

Mentions [Daniel] Mytens; [George] Robinson; [John] Fenwick; [Eliza] Fenwick; [?William] Bosville; Godfrey; J Bannis

Incipit: I send you the picture...

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fol. 54r

John Arnot to William Godwin

Date written: Wed., 7 Nov. 1798

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 4

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/7 (fasc 1)

Fol(s).: 55-6

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Arnot's travels; intention of publishing Scottish songs

Mentions Mr Tuchill [George Tuthill]

Incipit: Here I am...

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fol. 56r

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John Arnot to William Godwin

Date written: Sat., 8 Dec. 1798

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 4

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/7 (fasc 1)

Fol(s).: 57-8

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Arnot's travels

Mentions Mr Tuchill [George Tuthill]; Mr Henley

Incipit: Your letter too has given...

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fol. 58r

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John Arnot to William Godwin

Date written: Sat., 8 Dec. 1798

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 4

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/7 (fasc 1)

Fol(s).: 59-60

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Arnot's travels

Mentions Mr Tuchill [George Tuthill]; Mr Henley

Incipit: Your letter too has given me...

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fol. 60r

fol. 60v

Thomas Wedgwood to William Godwin

Date postmarked: 20 Dec. 1798

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 4

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 228/3

Fol(s).: 61-3

Document type: original, initialled

Contents

Concerning Wedgwood's health

Incipit: I am sorry I forgot to...

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Thomas Holcroft to William Godwin

Date written: 24 Dec. 1798

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 4

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 511

Fol(s).: 64-5

Document type: original, initialled

Contents

Concerning recriminations regarding critiques of Godwin's play

Incipit: I am sorry to have excited...

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Harriet Lee to [William Godwin]

Date written: Sat., ?Aug. [1798]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 4

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 228/4(c)

Fol(s).: 66-7

Document type: original, initalled

Contents

Lee does not wish to meet again; morality and virtue

Incipit: Pardon me if from the frame of...

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Harriet Lee to William Godwin

Date written: Fri., [1798]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 4

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 507/6

Fol(s).: 68-9

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Regretting Lee's inability to meet Godwin that evening

Incipit: Miss Harriet Lee presents...

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J[ohn] Wolcot to William Godwin

Date postmarked: 19 Feb. ?1798

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 4

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 766/2

Fol(s).: 70

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Turning down an invitation from Godwin

Incipit: On looking over my memorandum...

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[?Francis] Wrangham to William Godwin

Date written: c. 1798-9

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 15

Former shelfmark: Dep .b. 214/3

Fol(s).: fol(s). 99r, 99r-v, 99v

Note: This item's date was identified after foliation, so it is shelfmarked out of sequence. See MS. Abinger c. 15, fol. 99r, MS. Abinger c. 15, fols. 99r-v, MS. Abinger c. 15, fol. 99v for the full descriptions (incoming letter plus two drafts).

J. Gardiner to William Godwin

Date written: 15 Jan. 1799

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 4

Former shelfmark: Dep .b. 214/3

Fol(s).: 71-2

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Offering letters from Mary Wollstonecraft for publication

(Also includes notes (a shopping list and figures) in William Godwin's hand)

Incipit: In the early part...

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R.W. to William Godwin

Date written: 26 Jan. 1799

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 4

Former shelfmark: Dep .b. 214/3

Fol(s).: 73-4

Document type: original, initialled

Contents

On Mary Wollstonecraft and Godwin's 'Memoirs of the Author of The Rights of Woman'

Incipit: Having read a Book...

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William Godwin to Thomas Wedgwood

Date written: 26 Jan. 1799

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 4

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/5(a)

Fol(s).: 75-6

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Wedgwood's ill health; et al.

Incipit: I am extremely sorry for the unfavourable...

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Thomas Wedgwood to William Godwin

Date written: 28 Jan. 1799

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 4

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/5(a)

Fol(s).: 77-8

Document type: original, initialled

Contents

Concerning Wedgwood's lack of contact with Godwin

Incipit: Thank you for your kind letter...

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James Mackintosh to William Godwin

Date written: 30 Jan. 1799

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 4

Former shelfmark: Dep.b.214/6(a)

Fol(s).: 79-80

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Mackintosh's opinion of various French philosophers; et al.

Mentions [Anne-Robert-Jacques] Turgot; [Jean Jacques] Rousseau; Condorcet

Incipit: I read your very candid & good...

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? to William Godwin

Date postmarked: 31 Jan. 1799

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 4

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 766/2

Fol(s).: 81

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Address leaf of a letter, source unknown

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J[ames] Wollstonecraft to William Godwin

Date postmarked: 1 Feb. 1799

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 4

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 210/5

Fol(s).: 82-3

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning property Wollstonecraft has in Spain; need to sell inheritance from his father

Incipit: Owing to the war with Spain...

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fol. 82r

fol. 83v

John Arnot to William Godwin

Date written: 6 Feb. 1799

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 4

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/7 (fasc 1)

Fol(s).: 84-5

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Arnot's travels; winter in Dresden; philosophy of Dr. John Brown; request for a copy of Tristram Shandy

Mentions Dr. John Brown possibly the chaplain to the Bishop of Carlisle; Tuchill [George Tuthill]

Incipit: We have had a most severe winter here...

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fol. 84v

fol. 85r

fol. 85v

[George Dyson] to William Godwin

Date postmarked: 18 Feb. 1799

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 4

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/9(a)

Fol(s).: 86-7

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Concerning a difference in opinion between Dyson and Godwin

Mentions [?George] Fordyce

Incipit: My letter was as little...

Images

fol. 86r

fol. 86v

fol. 87r

fol. 87v

Rac[hel] Prescott to William Godwin

Date written: 10 Mar. 1799

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 4

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 526/2

Fol(s).: 88-9

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Appreciation for Godwin and [Mary] Wollstonecraft's writings; et al.

(Also includes notes (arithmetic) in William Godwin's hand)

Incipit: I have long hesitated on the propriety...

Images

fol. 88r

fol. 88v

fol. 89r

fol. 89v

William Godwin to ?

Date written: 25 Mar. 1799

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 4

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 227/2(a)

Fol(s).: 90

Document type: original or fair copy, signed

Contents

Acknowledging receipt of ten pounds to be forwarded to Mr. Arnot, wishing to know sender before forwarding money

Incipit: In compliance with an anonymous...

Image

fol. 90r

? to William Godwin

Date postmarked: 27 Mar. 1799

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 4

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 766/2

Fol(s).: 91

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Address leaf of a letter, source unknown

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fol. 91r

John Arnot to William Godwin

Date written: 3 Apr. 1799

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 4

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/7 (fasc 1)

Fol(s).: 92-3

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Arnot's travels

Mentions Tuchill [George Tuthill]

Incipit: I am glad you seem to...

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fol. 92v

fol. 93r

fol. 93v

Ralph Fell to William Godwin

Date written: 5 Apr. 1799

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 4

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/8(c)

Fol(s).: 94-5

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Outline of plan to write The History of Europe during the Eighteenth Century, questions for Godwin regarding best way to proceed with research

Incipit: Before I enter upon so...

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fol. 94v

fol. 95r

fol. 95v

Ann Godwin to William Godwin

Date written: 7 Apr. 1799

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 4

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 516/1

Fol(s).: 96-7

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning family news

Mentions Hannah [Godwin]; Mrs French; Mr Hague; John [Godwin]; Natty [Nathaniel Godwin]

Incipit: I wish your happiness...

Images

fol. 96r

fol. 96v

fol. 97r

William Godwin to Thomas Wedgwood

Date written: 10 Apr. 1799

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 4

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/5(a)

Fol(s).: 98-9

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a loan to Godwin; Godwin's play, a tragedy

Mentions [?George] Robinson; [Richard Brinsley] Sheridan

Incipit: When I sent you...

Images

fol. 98r

fol. 98v

fol. 99r

fol. 99v

Rac[hel] Prescott to William Godwin

Date written: 12 Apr. 1799

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 4

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 526/2

Fol(s).: 100-3

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning attacks on Godwin's writings; marriage; et al.

Mentions [James] Mackintosh

Incipit: To thank you for the immediate attention...

Images

fol. 100r

fol. 110v

fol. 101r

fol. 101v

fol. 102r

fol. 102v

fol. 103r

fol. 103v

William Godwin to Thomas Wedgwood

Date written: 18 Apr. 1799

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 4

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 228/3

Fol(s).: 104-5

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Request for money; problems with writing his Tragedy

Mentions [?George] Robinson; [Samuel] Johnson; [Richard Brinsley] Sheridan

Incipit: I wrote a letter to you Wednesday...

Images

fol. 104r

fol. 104v

fol. 105r

fol. 105v

John Arnot to William Godwin

Date written: 20, 21 Apr. 1799

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 4

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/7 (fasc 1)

Fol(s).: 106-7

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Arnot's opinion of Godwin's friend Tuchill; Arnot's travels

Mentions Tuchill [George Tuthill]; [James] Marshall

Incipit: Your letter contains so...

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fol. 106r

fol. 106v

fol. 107r

fol. 107v

William Godwin to [?Thomas] Wedgwood

Date written: 27 Apr. 1799

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 4

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/5(a)

Fol(s).: 108

Document type: original or fair copy, signed

Contents

Concerning Godwin's debt to Wedgwood

Mentions [Richard Brinsley] Sheridan; [?George] Robinson

Incipit: I acknowledge the receipt...

Note: See also a draft in MS. Abinger c. 17, fol. 90

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fol. 108r

John Arnot to William Godwin and Louisa [Jones]

Date written: 5 May 1799

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 4

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/7 (fasc 1)

Fol(s).: 109-10

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Arnot's travels; financial difficulties; postscript to Louisa [Jones]

Incipit: I received your letter yesterday...

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fol. 109r

fol. 109v

fol. 110r

fol. 110v

Agnes Hall to William Godwin

Date written: 9 May 1799

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 4

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 228/5

Fol(s).: 111-12

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning ten pounds given by Godwin to a friend of Hall

Incipit: When I received Worthy Sir...

Images

fol. 111r

fol. 111v

fol. 112r

fol. 112v

David Booth to William Godwin

Date written: 25 May 1799

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 4

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 228/5

Fol(s).: 113-14

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a subscription to assist families of state prisoners

Mentions [Thomas] Holcroft

Incipit: For some time past...

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fol. 113r

fol. 114r

Sophia Lee and Harriet Lee to William Godwin

Date written: 2 June 1799

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 4

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 507/6

Fol(s).: 115-16

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Godwin's belief that a character in Lee's writing is based upon him, postscript by Harriet Lee thanking Godwin for his favourable opinion of Sophia Lee's story; et al.

Incipit: I feel so unconscious of a mean personality...

Images

fol. 115r

fol. 115v

fol. 116r

fol. 116v

John Arnot to William Godwin

Date written: 7 June 1799

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 4

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/7 (fasc 1)

Fol(s).: 117-18

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Arnot's plans and proceedings

Mentions Louisa [Jones]

Incipit: I find that you think very...

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fol. 117r

fol. 117v

fol. 118v

John Arnot to William Godwin

Date written: 25 June 1799

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 4

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/7 (fasc 1)

Fol(s).: 119-20

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Arnot's travels; debts

Incipit: You see I am still here...

Images

fol. 119r

fol. 120v

John Arnot to William Godwin

Date written: 4 July 1799

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 4

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/7 (fasc 1)

Fol(s).: 121-2

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Arnot's travels; poor health

Incipit: You asked me to write to you...

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fol. 121r

fol. 121v

fol. 122v

George Tuthill to William Godwin

Date written: 5 July 1799

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 4

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/7 (fasc 3)

Fol(s).: 123-4

Document type: original, signed

Contents

On meeting German literati; Wieland's knowledge of Godwin's novel 'Caleb Williams'

Mentions [Thomas] Holcroft; [Johann] Richter; [Johann] Herder; [Johann] Goethe; [Johann] Schiller; [Christoph] Wieland

Incipit: Altho' I am breathing the same air...

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fol. 123r

fol. 123v

fol. 124r

fol. 124v

Thomas Holcroft to William Godwin

Date written: 19 July 1799

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 4

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 511

Fol(s).: 125-6

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the translation of Godwin's novel 'St Leon' (1799) into German; Godwin's disapproval of Holcroft's travel plans

Mentions his wife Louisa [Holcroft] or his daughter Louisa [Holcroft]; Fanny [Holcroft]

Incipit: We have been in this place eight days...

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fol. 125v

fol. 126r

fol. 126v

John Arnot to William Godwin

Date written: 28 July 1799

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 4

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/7 (fasc 1)

Fol(s).: 127-8

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Arnot's travels; improved health

Incipit: I write to you only to...

Images

fol. 127r

fol. 127v

fol. 128v

John Arnot to William Godwin

Date written: Sun., 4 Aug. 1799

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 4

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/7 (fasc 2)

Fol(s).: 129-34

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Arnot's travels; advice from Holcroft on the publication of Arnot's travel journal

Mentions [Thomas] Holcroft; Tuchill [George Tuthill]

Incipit: I now send you my Journal...

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fol. 129v

fol. 130r

fol. 130v

fol. 131r

fol. 131v

fol. 132r

fol. 132v

fol. 133r

fol. 133v

fol. 134r

fol. 134v

Georg Friedrich Christian Weissenborn to [William Godwin]

Date written: 8 Aug. 1799

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 4

Former shelfmark: Dep.b.214/6(a)

Fol(s).: 135-6

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Weissenborn's translation of 'Memoirs [of Mary Wollstonecraft]' (1798)

Mentions Frederick Burmester; Henry Burmester; [Christian] Salzmann

Incipit: As one of your Countrymen...

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fol. 135r

fol. 135v

William Godwin to Thomas Holcroft and Mr Cole

Date written: 19 Sept. 1799

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 4

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 511

Fol(s).: 137-8

Document type: original, signed

Contents

On writing without a subject; Arnot's travels and travel-writing; news of acquaintances

Mentions [Elizabeth] Inchbald; [John] Arnot; [Sophy] Cole; [?William] Nicholson; Colonel [?Henry] Barry; [John] Opie; [James] Marshal [Marshall]

Incipit: I know I have been guilty of what...

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fol. 137v

fol. 138r

fol. 138v

Ann Godwin to William Godwin

Date written: 21 Sept. 1799

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 4

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 516/1

Fol(s).: 139

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the sale of Dalling estate to [Philip] Hull [Godwin]; et al.

Mentions John [?Godwin]; Nath [Nathaniel Godwin]; John [Godwin]; Hannah [Godwin]; Wright

Incipit: I hope yo[u] rec[eive]d a letter...

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fol. 139r

fol. 139v

David Booth to William Godwin

Date written: 10 Oct. 1799

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 5

Former shelfmark: Dep .b. 214/3

Fol(s).: 1-2

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning financial matters; questions about [Thomas] Holcroft and Mary Hays

Incipit: In consequence of our...

Images

fol. 1r

fol. 1v

fol. 2r

fol. 2v

John Philpot Curran to William Godwin

Date postmarked: 22 Oct. 1799

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 5

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 507/1

Fol(s).: 3-4

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Acknowledging a letter from Godwin; gratitude for Godwin's friendship; et al.

Incipit: I had been a rake yesterday...

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fol. 3r

fol. 3v

fol. 4v

John Philpot Curran to William Godwin

Date postmarked: Oct. 1799

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 5

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 507/1

Fol(s).: 5-6

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning future meetings with Godwin; Curran's opinion of [Elizabeth] Inchbald; et al.

Incipit: I got your note on my return...

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fol. 5r

fol. 5v

fol. 6r

fol. 6v

James Perry to William Godwin

Date written: 5 Nov. 1799

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 5

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 526/2

Fol(s).: 7-8

Document type: original, signed

Contents

On a misunderstanding between Godwin and Professor [Richard] Porson

Incipit: On my return to town I was...

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fol. 7r

fol. 8v

Ralph Fell to William Godwin

Date written: Thur., 14 Nov. 1799

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 5

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/8(c)

Fol(s).: 9-10

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Fell's prospective marriage

Incipit: I intended, in consequence...

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fol. 9r

fol. 9v

fol. 10r

fol. 10v

James Ballantyne to William Godwin

Date written: 14 Nov. 1799

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 5

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 228/5

Fol(s).: 11-12

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a portrait; introducing Doctor Bell

Mentions [Thomas] Holcroft

Incipit: About three years ago...

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fol. 11r

fol. 11v

fol. 12v

Thomas Wedgwood to William Godwin

Date written: 15 Nov. 1799

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 5

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 228/3

Fol(s).: 13

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Response to Godwin's request for money

Incipit: I do assure you that the sight...

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fol. 13r

fol. 13v

[Hannah Godwin] to William Godwin

Date postmarked: 18 Nov. 1799

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 5

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 508

Fol(s).: 14-15

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Concerning affection for William Godwin; the conduct of one of William Godwin's friends

Mentions [James] Marshal [Marshall]

Incipit: You have treated me unkindly...

Images

fol. 14r

fol. 14v

fol. 15r

fol. 15v

[Hannah Godwin] to William Godwin

Date postmarked: 19 Nov. 1799

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 5

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 508

Fol(s).: 16-17

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Concerning a matter of conduct

Mentions [James] Marshal [Marshall]; [George] Dyson

Incipit: I could not fear that you...

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fol. 16r

fol. 16v

fol. 17v

Thomas Holcroft to William Godwin

Date written: 22 Nov. 1799

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 5

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 511

Fol(s).: 18-19

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the publication of some of Holcroft's works; the German publication of Godwin's works; paintings

Mentions [?John] Harris or [?Thomas] Harris; [George] Robinson; [James] Marshal [Marshall]; [John] Opie; his wife Louisa [Holcroft] or his daughter Louisa [Holcroft]; Fanny [Holcroft]

Incipit: Loath as you are...

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fol. 18v

fol. 19v

John Arnot to William Godwin

Date written: 9, 11, 18, 23 Nov. 1799

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 5

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/7 (fasc 2)

Fol(s).: 20-1

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Arnot's travels; financial situation

Mentions Cole

Incipit: I arrived here on Monday last...

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fol. 20r

fol. 20v

fol. 21r

fol. 21v

[Ralph Fell] and unknown writer to [William Godwin]

Date dated: 25 Nov. 1799

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 5

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/8(c)

Fol(s).: 22

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Concerning plans for marriage; postscript concerning dinner plans, in an unknown hand

Incipit: My resolution was...

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fol. 22r

fol. 22v

Ralph Fell to William Godwin

Date written: Mon., 25 Nov. 1799

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 5

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/8(c)

Fol(s).: 23

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Regarding a wish not to see Godwin for a few days

Incipit: A circumstance has...

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fol. 23v

John Arnot to William Godwin

Date written: 26 Nov. 1799

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 5

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/7 (fasc 2)

Fol(s).: 24-5

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Arnot's travels

Mentions [George] Tuthill; [Christoph] Wieland; [Johann] Herder; [Johann] Goethe

Incipit: You will perhaps think...

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fol. 24r

fol. 24v

fol. 25r

fol. 25v

George Robinson to William Godwin

Date written: 29 Nov. 1799

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 5

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 526/2

Fol(s).: 26-7

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Seeking a meeting

Mentions [Thomas] Holcroft

Incipit: I wish to speak to you...

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fol. 26r

fol. 27v

R[ichard] Porson to [William Godwin]

Date written: 29 Nov. 1799

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 5

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 526/2

Fol(s).: 28

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a quotation from 'Coriolanus'

Incipit: The following is the quotation from...

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fol. 28r

fol. 28v

Elizabeth Inchbald to [William Godwin]

Date written: Wed., 4 Dec. 1799

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 5

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 509

Fol(s).: 29-30

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Inchbald's attitude to reading

Mentions [John Philpot] Curran

Incipit: It was last Monday...

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fol. 29r

fol. 29v

fol. 30r

Ralph Fell to William Godwin

Date dated: 6 Dec. 1799

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 5

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/8(c)

Fol(s).: 31-2

Document type: original, initialled

Contents

Critique of Godwin's novel 'St Leon' (1799)

Incipit: I finished your volumes...

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fol. 31r

fol. 31v

fol. 32v

Sophia Lee to [William Godwin]

Date written: 7 Dec. 1799

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 5

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 507/6

Fol(s).: 33-4

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Thank you for the present of 'St Leon'; et al.

Mentions Harriet [Lee]

Incipit: I write with my Sister in...

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fol. 33v

Harriet Lee to [William Godwin]

Date written: 8 Dec. 1799

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 5

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 507/6

Fol(s).: 35-6

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Thank-you for sending books; comments upon the work

Mentions Anne [?Lee]

Incipit: Allow me to thank you for the Books...

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fol. 35v

Thomas Holcroft to William Godwin

Date written: 10 Dec. 1799

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 5

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 511

Fol(s).: 37-8

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the publication of some of Holcroft's works; the German publication of Godwin's works

Mentions [George] Robinson; [?John] Harris or [?Thomas] Harris; his wife Louisa [Holcroft] or his daughter Louisa [Holcroft]; Fanny [Holcroft]; [Willey] Revely [Reveley]

Incipit: You will perhaps be...

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fol. 37r

fol. 37v

fol. 38r

fol. 38v

Thomas Holcroft to William Godwin

Date written: 13 Dec. 1799

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 5

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 511

Fol(s).: 39-40

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the publication of some of Holcroft's works; the German publication of Godwin's works

Mentions [Richard] Phillips; Pizzaro; [Richard Brinsley] Sheridan; Bulow

Incipit: Do not be surprised at my writing again...

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fol. 39r

fol. 40v

Ann Godwin to William Godwin

Date written: 19 Dec. 1799

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 5

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 516/1

Fol(s).: 41

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning gifts of money

Mentions Mary Bailey; [Philip] Hull [Godwin]; Joseph [Godwin]; John Jex

Incipit: I desire you to give Mary Bailey...

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fol. 41v

J[ames] Wollstonecraft to William Godwin

Date dated: 20 Dec. 1799

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 5

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 210/5

Fol(s).: 42-3

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Regarding Wollstonecraft's financial problems; need for a loan

Mentions [?Joseph] Johnson

Incipit: Should it not be convenient...

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fol. 42r

fol. 42v

fol. 43v

[Elizabeth Inchbald] to William Godwin

Date written: 24 Dec. [1799]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 5

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 509

Fol(s).: 44-7

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Concerning Godwin's 'St Leon' (1799)

Incipit: The brilliant imagination...

Note: See also a Mary Shelley-era copy in MS. Abinger c. 53, fols. 64-7

Images

fol. 44r

fol. 44v

fol. 45r

fol. 45v

fol. 46r

fol. 46v

fol. 47r

fol. 47v

H.R. Arnot to William Godwin

Date written: 26 Dec. 1799

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 5

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/7 (fasc 3)

Fol(s).: 48-9

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning [John Arnot's] travel journal

Incipit: My having kept my brothers...

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fol. 48r

fol. 48v

fol. 49r

fol. 49v

Frederic Mansel Reynolds to William Godwin

Date dated: 29 Dec. 1799

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 5

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 526/2

Fol(s).: 50-1

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Arranging a meeting

Incipit: Mrs. R and myself are...

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fol. 50r

fol. 51v

William Godwin to Thomas Holcroft

Date written: 31 Dec. 1799

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 5

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 511

Fol(s).: 52-3

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the critique of a play; correspondence with Volney

Mentions [James] Marshal [Marshall]

Incipit: After two or three attempts...

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fol. 52r

fol. 52v

fol. 53r

fol. 53v

George Dyson to William Godwin

Date postmarked: Dec. 1799

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 5

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/9(a)

Fol(s).: 54-5

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Godwin's opinion of Dyson's character

Mentions [James] Marshall; Margaret Jones; [?Louisa Jones]

Incipit: After so many years of undrest...

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fol. 54r

fol. 54v

fol. 55r

fol. 55v

[H.R. Arnot] to William Godwin

Date written: Sun., c. 1799

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 5

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/7 (fasc 3)

Fol(s).: 56

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Concerning [John Arnot's] travel journal

Incipit: Mr Arnot was unavoidably...

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fol. 56r

fol. 56v

William Godwin to Samuel Parr

Date written: 3 Jan. 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 5

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 512

Fol(s).: 57-8

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a story that Godwin has converted to Christianity; et al.

Mentions Mr Morely; Basil Montagu; [James] Mackintosh

Incipit: I received a visit more...

Images

fol. 57r

fol. 57v

fol. 58r

fol. 58v

Thomas Wedgwood to William Godwin

Date written: 5 Jan. 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 5

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 507/11

Fol(s).: 59

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Asking Godwin to return some letters Wedgwood wrote; et al.

(Also includes notes (a quotation in French) in William Godwin's hand)

Mentions [Marie-Jeanne] Roland

Incipit: If you happen to have...

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fol. 59v

Henry Fuseli to William Godwin

Date dated: 7 Jan. 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 5

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 507/19

Fol(s).: 60

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Accepting an offer from Godwin

Incipit: Casa [?] certainly not so well qualified...

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fol. 60r

fol. 60v

[Ralph Fell] to [William Godwin]

Date dated: 9 Jan. 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 5

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/8(c)

Fol(s).: 61-2

Document type: original or draft, in the hand of William Godwin and Ra: Fell

Contents

On [Godwin's] criticism; standards of literary critique

Incipit: You appear to my apprehensions...

Images

fol. 61r

fol. 61v

John Fenwick to William Godwin

Date written: Thur., 16 Jan. 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 5

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/8(f)

Fol(s).: 63

Document type: original, initialled

Contents

Concerning a copy of 'St Leon'; et al.

Incipit: I did not forget what passed at Mrs Smith's...

Images

fol. 63r

fol. 63v

J[?ohn] W[?estbrooke] Chandler to William Godwin

Date written: 18 Jan. [1800]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 5

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 526/2

Fol(s).: 64-5

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a party; et al.

Mentions young Northcote (possibly James Northcote?); Macqui; [Henry] Fuseli

Incipit: You have long known the interest...

Images

fol. 64r

fol. 64v

fol. 65v

John Fenwick to William Godwin

Date written: 20 Jan. 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 5

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/8(f)

Fol(s).: 66-7

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a copy of 'St Leon'; a satire called 'St Godwin'

Incipit: The promptness, & explicitness...

Images

fol. 66r

fol. 66v

fol. 67r

fol. 67v

Thomas Chandler to William Godwin

Date written: 20 Jan. [1800]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 5

Former shelfmark: Dep .b. 214/3

Fol(s).: 68

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Godwin's behaviour

Incipit: I am not concerned to know...

Image

fol. 68r

Thomas Chandler to William Godwin

Date written: 22 Jan. [1800]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 5

Former shelfmark: Dep .b. 214/3

Fol(s).: 69-70

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Chandler's character

(Also includes a note ('Coleridge') in William Godwin's hand)

Incipit: I thought you too decerning...

Images

fol. 69r

fol. 70v

Thomas Holcroft and Fanny Holcroft to William Godwin

Date written: 24 Jan. 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 5

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 511

Fol(s).: 71-2

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Holcroft's publication plans; the German publication of Godwin's works; postscript by Fanny Holcroft

Mentions [George] Robinson; [James] Marshall; Foulkes; Cole; his wife Louisa [Holcroft] or his daughter Louisa [Holcroft]; Sophy [Cole]; Colonel [?Henry] Barry

Incipit: On the 2[?]th instant yours...

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fol. 71r

fol. 71v

fol. 72v

William Nicholson to William Godwin

Date written: 25 Jan. 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 5

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/6

Fol(s).: 73-4

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the safe delivery of [Thomas] Holcroft's son

(Also includes notes (a list of names) in William Godwin's hand)

Mentions [Louisa] Holcroft; Mr Maussion de Mombre

Incipit: I have just received a...

Images

fol. 73r

fol. 73v

fol. 74v

J[ames] Wollstonecraft to William Godwin

Date postmarked: 28 Jan. 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 5

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 210/5

Fol(s).: 75-6

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Godwin's loan of twenty five pounds; financial problems; inability to repay the loan

Incipit: I did not get your letter 'till...

Images

fol. 75r

fol. 76v

William Godwin to Thomas Wedgwood

Date written: 4 Feb. 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 5

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/5(a)

Fol(s).: 77-8

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a loan to Godwin

Mentions [George] Robinson

Incipit: I hear that you are on the point of quitting...

Note: See also a draft in MS. Abinger c. 17, fols. 102-3

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fol. 77r

fol. 77v

fol. 78r

fol. 78v

Ann Godwin to William Godwin

Date written: 6 Feb. 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 5

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 516/1

Fol(s).: 79-80

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning family news; difference between city and country; et al.

Mentions Joseph [Godwin]; Harriet [?Godwin]; Natty [Nathaniel Godwin]; J[ohn] Jex; Mary Bailey

Incipit: I should be glad to hear a good account...

Images

fol. 79r

fol. 79v

fol. 80r

Josiah Wedgwood to William Godwin

Date written: 6 Feb. 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 5

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 513(a)

Fol(s).: 81-2

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Writing on behalf of [Thomas Wedgwood]; refusing Godwin money; estates

Incipit: My brother has received...

Images

fol. 81r

fol. 81v

fol. 82v

J[ames] Wollstonecraft to William Godwin

Date postmarked: 10 Feb. 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 5

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 210/5

Fol(s).: 83-4

Document type: original, initialled

Contents

Concerning Wollstonecraft's inability to repay Godwin's loan

Incipit: I tremble to write to you...

Images

fol. 83r

fol. 84v

Thomas Holcroft to William Godwin

Date written: 11 Feb. 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 5

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 511

Fol(s).: 85-6

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Holcroft's publication plans; the German publication of Godwin's works; the welfare of Holcroft's step-mother; et al.

Mentions Villiaume; [James] Marshall; [?Joseph] Richardson; Reverend G. Smith; his wife Louisa [Holcroft] or his daughter Louisa [Holcroft]; Fanny [Holcroft]

Incipit: The last I have received of yours...

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fol. 85r

fol. 86v

Thomas Wedgwood to William Godwin

Date written: 11 Feb. 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 5

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 513(a)

Fol(s).: 87-8

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Wedgwood's embarkation plans for Nevis; et al.

Mentions [Josiah Wedgwood]

Incipit: I cannot bear the idea...

Images

fol. 87r

fol. 88v

John Arnot to William Godwin

Date written: 16 Feb. 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 5

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/7 (fasc 2)

Fol(s).: 89-90

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Arnot's travels; journal

Mentions [George] Dyson; William Pitt

Incipit: I have not yet received an...

Images

fol. 89r

fol. 89v

fol. 90r

fol. 90v

? to [William Godwin]

Date written: Thur., 27 Feb. 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 5

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/6

Fol(s).: 91-2

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Concerning a lawsuit; a prospective visit from the recipient and [Samuel Taylor] Coleridge

Incipit: "Being gone I am myself again"...

Mentions Mrs Dorset; [?Richard] Phillips; [John] Fenwick

Images

fol. 91r

fol. 91v

fol. 92r

fol. 92v

Josiah Wedgwood to William Godwin

Date written: 16 Mar. 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 5

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 507/12

Fol(s).: 93-4

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Wedgwood's willingness to comply with Godwin's request

(Also includes brief notes (including arithmetic) in William Godwin's hand)

Incipit: I write in great haste...

Images

fol. 93r

fol. 94v

M. Cotton to William Godwin

Date written: 18 Mar. [1800]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 5

Former shelfmark: Dep .b. 214/3

Fol(s).: 95-6

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Thanking Godwin for sending copies of his books

Incipit: You will think me an inconsistant Mortal...

Images

fol. 95r

fol. 95v

fol. 96r

fol. 96v

Ann Godwin to William Godwin

Date written: 28 Mar. 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 5

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 516/1

Fol(s).: 97

Document type: original, initialled

Contents

Concerning family news

Mentions Mary Bailey; Joseph [Godwin]; Natty [Nathaniel Godwin]

Incipit: I have but just time to write three...

Images

fol. 97r

fol. 97v

Thomas Cooper to William Godwin

Date written: 1 Apr. 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 5

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/1(a) (fasc 2)

Fol(s).: 98-9

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Cooper's income and spending; acting

Mentions [?Thomas] Harris; [Joseph] Holman; Mr Darnly; Sophia Upton; [James] Marshal [Marshall]

Incipit: I am extremely happy...

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fol. 98r

fol. 98v

fol. 99r

fol. 99v

Thomas Holcroft to William Godwin

Date written: 1 Apr. 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 5

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 511

Fol(s).: 100-1

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Holcroft's publication plans; lack of money; a translation of Fischer; et al.

Mentions Mr Foulkes; Bourgoing; [James] Marshall

Incipit: After another most anxious period...

Images

fol. 100r

fol. 100v

fol. 101v

Lord Lauderdale, James Maitland to William Godwin

Date postmarked: 3 Apr. 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 5

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 514(b)

Fol(s).: 102-3

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the nomination of a boy to a position

Mentions Mr ?Tod

Incipit: I have this morning...

Images

fol. 102r

fol. 102v

fol. 103v

Thomas Holcroft to William Godwin

Date written: 18 Apr. 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 5

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 511

Fol(s).: 104-5

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the publication of Holcroft's journal; Holcroft's picture sale; et al.

Mentions Mr Foulkes; [James] Marshall; [James] Christie

Incipit: I might have written four days ago...

Images

fol. 104r

fol. 104v

fol. 105r

Thomas Holcroft to William Godwin

Date written: 22 Apr. 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 5

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 511

Fol(s).: 106-7

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the sale of Holcroft's pictures; et al.

Mentions Foulkes; Gillies; Colonel Harwood; [?William] Nicholson; [?William] Shield; [John] Opie; [James] Perry; [Charles] Fox

Incipit: Involved as I am in difficulties...

Images

fol. 106r

fol. 106v

fol. 107r

John Philip Kemble to William Godwin

Date written: 25 Apr. 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 5

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 525/2

Fol(s).: 108-9

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning an invitation from Godwin

Incipit: I should have made one...

Images

fol. 108r

fol. 109v

Lord Lauderdale, James Maitland to William Godwin

Date dated: 27 Apr. 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 5

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/8(d)

Fol(s).: 110-11

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning assistance for Godwin's nephew

Incipit: I have only just received...

Images

fol. 110r

fol. 111v

Samuel Parr to William Godwin

Date written: 28 Oct. 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 5

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 512

Fol(s).: 112

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Returning a book to Godwin

Incipit: For Reasons [?] it were some...

Note: Note: This item's date was identified after foliation, so it is shelfmarked out of sequence. This entry has now been copied to the correct sequence in the catalogue.

Images

fol. 112r

fol. 112v

Samuel Parr to William Godwin

Date written: Tue., 29 Apr. 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 5

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 512

Fol(s).: 113-18

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Parr's failure to read one of Godwin's novels; a letter from Godwin to Parr; Mackintosh's lectures; Parr's sermons; et al.

Mentions [James] Mackintosh

Incipit: I have read your letter attentively...

Images

fol. 113r

fol. 113v

fol. 114r

fol. 114v

fol. 115r

fol. 115v

fol. 116r

fol. 116v

fol. 117r

fol. 117v

fol. 118r

fol. 118v

Thomas Holcroft to William Godwin

Date written: 29 Apr. 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 5

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 511

Fol(s).: 119

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Holcroft's writing of a comedy; Holcroft's pictures

Mentions Coleman ?George Colman; Foulkes; Pougens; [James] Marshall

Incipit: A week ago I wrote you a letter...

Images

fol. 119r

fol. 119v

John Fenwick to William Godwin

Date written: 5 May 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 5

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/8(f)

Fol(s).: 120-1

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning an accusation by Godwin that Fenwick has been indiscreet; et al.

Mentions [Maria] Reveley; [Eliza] Fenwick

Incipit: You do me injustice...

Images

fol. 120r

fol. 120v

fol. 121r

fol. 121v

Thomas Holcroft to William Godwin

Date written: 9 May 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 5

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 511

Fol(s).: 122-3

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Holcroft's comedy; the translation of a book on Russia

Mentions Coleman ?George Colman; [George] Robinson; Mr Foulkes

Incipit: I write with apprehension of effectually...

Images

fol. 122r

fol. 123v

John Fenwick to William Godwin

Date written: 9 May 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 5

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/8(f)

Fol(s).: 124-5

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Godwin's failure to respond to Fenwick's letter of 5 May

Mentions [Maria Reveley]

Incipit: I do not take it for granted...

Images

fol. 124r

fol. 124v

fol. 125r

fol. 125v

Thomas Holcroft to William Godwin

Date written: 13 May 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 5

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 511

Fol(s).: 126-7

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the sale of Holcroft's pictures; Holcroft's comedy

Mentions [John] Opie; Mr Foulkes; [James] Christie; [George] Robinson; [James] Marshall; Mercier

Incipit: On Sunday the 11th I received...

Images

fol. 126r

fol. 126v

fol. 127v

John Arnot to William Godwin

Date written: Sun., 18 May 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 5

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/7 (fasc 2)

Fol(s).: 128-9

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Arnot's travels; publication of Arnot's journal

Incipit: I write from Presburg...

Images

fol. 128r

fol. 128v

fol. 129r

fol. 129v

John Fenwick to William Godwin

Date written: 20 May 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 5

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/8(f)

Fol(s).: 130-1

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning people abusing Godwin

Mentions [Eliza Fenwick]

Incipit: Your letter gives me the...

Images

fol. 130r

fol. 130v

fol. 131r

fol. 131v

William Godwin to Thomas Holcroft

Date written: 20 May 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 5

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 511

Fol(s).: 132-3

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the transcription of a manuscript; the translation of a book on Russia; paintings; et al.

Mentions [John] Opie; [George] Colman; [Hannah Godwin]; [James] Marshal [Marshall]; [George] Robinson; John Parry; Foulkes

Incipit: I have heard from you thrice...

Images

fol. 132r

fol. 132v

fol. 133r

fol. 133v

Thomas Holcroft to William Godwin

Date written: 27 May 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 5

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 511

Fol(s).: 134-5

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning an accident Holcroft suffered; Holcroft's translations; Holcroft's picture sales; et al.

Mentions Bourgoing; Fischer; Fanny [Holcroft]; Gillies; [George] Robinson

Incipit: I cannot but suppose the letters I have...

Images

fol. 134r

fol. 134v

fol. 135v

Mary Robinson to [William Godwin]

Date written: Fri., 30 May 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 5

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 810/2 (fasc i)

Fol(s).: 136-7

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Robinson's financial difficulties

Mentions the Prince of Wales [George IV]

Incipit: I thank you for your very kind letter...

Images

fol. 136r

fol. 136v

fol. 137r

fol. 137v

Robert Bage to William Godwin

Date written: 1 June 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 6

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 527(d)

Fol(s).: 1-2

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the political inorthodoxy of a Reverend Davies

Mentions Sir Francis Burdett

Incipit: I enter without apology...

Images

fol. 1r

fol. 2r

fol. 2v

Thomas Holcroft to William Godwin

Date written: 3 June [1800]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 6

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 511

Fol(s).: 3

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a proposal to write a dictionary of German and English; Holcroft's pictures; et al.

Mentions [George] Robinson; Coleman ?George Colman; Foulkes; Fischer

Incipit: This note comes inclosed in a letter...

Images

fol. 3r

fol. 3v

Francis Burdett to William Godwin

Date dated: 4 June 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 6

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 514(b)

Fol(s).: 4

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Burdett's inability to assist Godwin's friend

Incipit: I am sorry it will not be...

Images

fol. 4r

fol. 4v

John Philpot Curran to [William Godwin]

Date written: 8 June 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 6

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 507/1

Fol(s).: 5-6

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning [Godwin's] friendship; 'St Leon'; et al.

Mentions ?Lady M[ountcashell], [Margaret Moore] [Margaret Mason]; [?John Philip] Kemble; [John] Fenwick

Incipit: I have just met a friend...

Images

fol. 5r

fol. 5v

fol. 6r

fol. 6v

Sophia King to William Godwin

Date written: 11 June 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 6

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 227/2(d)

Fol(s).: 7-8

Document type: original, signed

Contents

On King's request for a critique of her writing from Godwin

Incipit: Perhaps it was rash in me...

Images

fol. 7r

fol. 7v

fol. 8v

Thomas Holcroft to William Godwin

Date written: 13 June 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 6

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 511

Fol(s).: 9-10

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the sale of Holcroft's pictures; et al.

Mentions [James] Christie; [John] Opie; [?William] Birch; Phillips; [?James] Cox; Burrel

Incipit: Though the atttacks I have lately received...

Images

fol. 9r

fol. 9v

fol. 10v

G[eorge] Colman to William Godwin

Date written: 19 June 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 6

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/1(l)

Fol(s).: 11-12

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Turning down a manuscript Godwin has proffered for production at Colman's theatre

Incipit: The Business which presses upon me...

Images

fol. 11r

fol. 12v

Thomas Holcroft and Fanny Holcroft to William Godwin

Date written: 20 June 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 6

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 511

Fol(s).: 13-14

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Holcroft's translations; the playwright Kotzebue; a lengthy postscript by Fanny Holcroft with family news

Mentions Mr Gillies; [John] Opie; Holcroft's wife Louisa [Holcroft] or daughter Louisa [Holcroft]

Incipit: Les Memoires depart this day...

Images

fol. 13r

fol. 13v

fol. 14r

Anthony Carlisle to William Godwin

Date postmarked: 24 June 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 6

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 514(a)

Fol(s).: 15

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Enclosing something from Thomas Wedgwood

Incipit: The enclosed is from Tom Wedgwood...

Images

fol. 15r

fol. 15v

John Arnot to William Godwin

Date written: Sat., Sun., 5, 6 July 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 6

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/7 (fasc 2)

Fol(s).: 16-17

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Arnot's travels

Mentions Dr Werner

Incipit: Notwithstanding all the...

Images

fol. 16r

fol. 16v

fol. 17r

fol. 17v

[William Godwin] to James Marshall

Date written: Fri., 11 July 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 6

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/5

Fol(s).: 18-19

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Concerning Fanny and Mary; news of his visit to Ireland

Mentions Fanny [Godwin]; Mary [Shelley]

Incipit: I received your letter this morning...

Images

fol. 18r

fol. 18v

fol. 19r

fol. 19v

John Arnot to William Godwin

Date written: 19 July 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 6

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/7 (fasc 2)

Fol(s).: 20-2

Document type: original, initialled

Contents

Concerning Arnot's travel journal

Mentions [H.R. Arnot]; Mr Sevright

Incipit: I am sorry you shewed...

Images

fol. 20r

fol. 20v

fol. 21r

fol. 21v

fol. 22r

fol. 22v

[William Godwin] to James Marshall

Date written: 2 Aug. 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 6

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/5

Fol(s).: 23-5

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Concerning Godwin's visit to Ireland; seeing Lady Mountcashell, [Margaret] Moore [Margaret Mason], [Henry] Grattan, Hugh Hamilton, Joseph Cooper Walker, [John Philpot] Curran, execution of Jem[?n]y O'Brien

Incipit: I begin another letter...

Images

fol. 23r

fol. 23v

fol. 24r

fol. 24v

fol. 25r

fol. 25v

[William Godwin] to James Marshall

Date postmarked: 6 Aug. 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 6

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/5

Fol(s).: 26-7

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Concerning Godwin's visit to Ireland; Fanny [Godwin]

Mentions Mrs Elwes; [John Philpot] Curran; [Henrietta] Grattan; Lady Harriet Butler; Di. Ponsonby; Mrs Robinson; Fanny [Godwin]

Incipit: Mrs.Elwes tells me...

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fol. 26r

fol. 26v

fol. 27r

fol. 27v

Lord Lauderdale, James Maitland to William Godwin

Date written: 11 Aug. 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 6

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/8(d)

Fol(s).: 28-9

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Lauderdale is now able to appoint Godwin's nephew to Christ's Hospital

Incipit: I wrote you a Letter some weeks ago...

Images

fol. 29r

fol. 29v

Thomas Holcroft to William Godwin

Date written: 15 Aug. 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 6

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 511

Fol(s).: 30-1

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the sale of Holcroft's paintings; request for books

Mentions Colonel Harwood; Mr Gillies; [?James] Cox; Burrel; Mercier; Volney; [James] Marshall; [?Thomas] Harris or [?John] Harris; William Nicholson; [Muzio] Clementi

Incipit: I again write imagining...

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fol. 30r

fol. 30v

fol. 31r

Thomas Wedgwood to William Godwin

Date written: 15 Aug. 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 6

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 507/11

Fol(s).: 32-3

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Wedgwood's intention of calling on Godwin

Incipit: I am just arrived...

Images

fol. 32r

fol. 33v

Mary Robinson to William Godwin

Date written: Mon., 24 Aug. 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger b. 1

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/2(a)

Fol(s).: 1-2

Document type: original, signed

Contents

On Robinson's opinions of Godwin before and after meeting him; et al.

Mentions James Marshall

Incipit: Why, my dear Philosopher...

Images

fol. 1r

fol. 1v

fol. 2r

fol. 2v

[Mary Robinson] to William Godwin

Date written: 28 Aug. 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 6

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/2(a)

Fol(s).: 34-5

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Concerning their friendship; her discontented spirit

Incipit: I cannot resist the desire which...

Images

fol. 34r

fol. 34v

fol. 35r

fol. 35v

[William Godwin] to James Marshall

Date written: Aug. 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 6

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/5

Fol(s).: 36-7

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Concerning the visit to Ireland and Wales; seeing George Ponsonby, Michael Kelly (a judge), [Henry] Grattan et al.; Irish views of the novel 'St Leon'; gifts for Fanny [Godwin] and Mary [Shelley] from their aunts

Mentions [John Philpot] Curran; [Eliza] Bishop; Everina [Wollstonecraft]

Incipit: I see by my memoranda that...

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fol. 37r

fol. 37v

Thomas Cooper to William Godwin

Date written: 1 Sept. 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 6

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/1(a) (fasc 2)

Fol(s).: 38-9

Document type: original, signed

Contents

On Americans

Mentions [?Thomas] Harris; [Thomas] Holcroft

Incipit: I trust that long before...

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fol. 38v

fol. 39r

fol. 39v

Thomas Holcroft to William Godwin

Date written: 2 Sept. 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 6

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 511

Fol(s).: 40

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the rejection of one of Holcroft's works; the publication of Holcroft's 'Travels'

Mentions [?John] Harris or [?Thomas] Harris; Mr Gillies; [George] Robinson

Incipit: Harris informs me he...

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fol. 40v

Mary Robinson to William Godwin

Date written: 2 Sept. 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 6

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 507/7

Fol(s).: 41-2

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Robinson's reluctance to receive [John Philpot] Curran as a guest

Mentions [John Bellenden] Gawler

Incipit: I was extremely sorry, my...

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fol. 41v

fol. 42r

fol. 42v

Lady Margaret Mountcashell [Margaret Mason] to William Godwin

Date written: 8 Sept. [1800]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 6

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 507/5

Fol(s).: 43-4

Document type: original, signed

Contents

On the upbringing of children; et al.

Mentions Charles Lamb

Incipit: I feel very much flattered...

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fol. 43v

fol. 44r

fol. 44v

Thomas Holcroft to William Godwin

Date written: 9 Sept. 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 6

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 511

Fol(s).: 45-6

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Holcroft's literary works; the authorship of a work on Russia; Godwin's novel 'St Leon' (1799)

Mentions [George] Robinson; [James] Marshall; Colonel and Major Masson

Incipit: I write in answer to yours of the 26th...

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fol. 45v

fol. 46v

John Philip Kemble to William Godwin

Date written: Sun., 14 Sept. 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 6

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 525/2

Fol(s).: 47-8

Document type: original, signed

Contents

An invitation to discuss Godwin's play

Mentions [Richard Brinsley] Sheridan

Incipit: I shall be confined to the...

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fol. 47r

fol. 48v

John Philip Kemble to William Godwin

Date written: 21 Sept. 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 6

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/1(d)

Fol(s).: 49r & 50v

Document type: original, signed

Contents

On a play Godwin has sent to Kemble

Incipit: I have received your four acts...

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fol. 50v

[William Godwin] to [John Philip Kemble]

Date written: n.d.

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 6

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/1(d)

Fol(s).: 49r

Document type: draft, in the hand of William Godwin

Contents

On an unfinished play

Incipit: When I last saw you, I...

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fol. 49r

John Arnot to William Godwin

Date written: 10 Oct. 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 6

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/7 (fasc 2)

Fol(s).: 51-2

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Arnot's travels; Arnot's journals; financial situation

Mentions [George] Dyson; Louisa Jones

Incipit: Your letter of the 5th...

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fol. 51v

fol. 52r

fol. 52v

Mary Robinson to William Godwin

Date written: 10 Oct. 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 6

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/2(a)

Fol(s).: 53-4

Document type: original, initialled

Contents

Concerning Robinson's mood

Incipit: The first day that I am permitted to write...

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fol. 54v

John Philip Kemble to William Godwin

Date written: 14 Oct. 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 6

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 525/2

Fol(s).: 55-6

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Godwin's play

Incipit: I have received your Packet...

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fol. 56v

M[?artha] Carlisle to William Godwin

Date written: Fri., 17 Oct. 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 6

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 229/1(a) (fasc2)

Fol(s).: 57r

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Turning down Godwin's dinner invitation

(Also includes brief literary notes in William Godwin's hand)

Mentions [Anthony] Carlisle

Incipit: I am desired by Mr Carlisle...

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fol. 57r

[William Godwin] to ?

Date written: n.d.

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 6

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 229/1(a) (fasc2)

Fol(s).: 57v

Document type: draft, in the hand of William Godwin

Contents

Concerning a wish to see the addressee before leaving for the country

Incipit: I have a pressing occasion...

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fol. 57v

John Bellenden Gawler to William Godwin

Date postmarked: 21 Oct. 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 6

Former shelfmark: Dep .b. 214/3

Fol(s).: 58-9

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Regarding an invitation from Godwin

Incipit: Your very kind letter was...

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fol. 59v

Thomas Holcroft to William Godwin

Date written: 24 Oct. 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 6

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 511

Fol(s).: 60-1

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the disposition of some of Holcroft's literary efforts; et al.

Mentions [?John Philip] Kemble; [James] Marshal [Marshall]; Symmonds; Henry Hill; [George] Tuthill

Incipit: I am just returned from Leipsick...

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fol. 60v

fol. 61v

John Philip Kemble to William Godwin

Date written: 25 Oct. 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 6

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 525/2

Fol(s).: 62-3

Document type: original, signed

Contents

An invitation to call on Kemble

Incipit: Will you be so good...

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fol. 63v

Samuel Parr to William Godwin

Date written: 28 Oct. 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 5

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 512

Fol(s).: 112

Note: This item's date was identified after foliation, so it is shelfmarked out of sequence. See MS. Abinger c. 5, fol. 112 for the full description.

John Philip Kemble to William Godwin

Date postmarked: 30 Oct. 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 6

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 525/2

Fol(s).: 64-5

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Godwin's play

Incipit: I shall give your Play...

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fol. 65v

John Philip Kemble to William Godwin

Date written: Thur., 30 Oct. 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 6

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 525/2

Fol(s).: 66-7

Document type: original, signed

Contents

An invitation to call on Kemble

Incipit: Pray let me see you...

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fol. 66r

fol. 67v

John Philip Kemble to William Godwin

Date written: 3 Nov. 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 6

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 525/2

Fol(s).: 68-9

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Kemble's opinion of Godwin's play; request for the manuscript; et al.

Incipit: All I can say in answer to your...

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fol. 68r

fol. 68v

fol. 69r

John Philip Kemble to William Godwin

Date written: 8 Nov. 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 6

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 525/2

Fol(s).: 70-1

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Godwin's play

Incipit: I have given the three Acts to the Copyist...

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fol. 71v

John Philip Kemble to William Godwin

Date written: 11 Nov. 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 6

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 525/2

Fol(s).: 72-3

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Godwin's caution over authorship

Incipit: Depend on my observing all...

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fol. 72r

fol. 73v

John Philip Kemble to William Godwin

Date written: 15 Nov. 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 6

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 525/2

Fol(s).: 74-5

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Planning a meeting to discuss Godwin's play 'Antonio'

Incipit: I shall be glad to see you about four...

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fol. 75v

[Martin Smart] to William Godwin

Date written: 20 Nov. 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 6

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/6

Fol(s).: 76-7

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Critique of Godwin's 'Political Justice' (1793)

Mentions (on address leaf) William Bird

Incipit: To the author of the Enquiry...

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fol. 76v

fol. 77r

fol. 77v

Thomas Holcroft to William Godwin

Date written: 24 Nov. 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 6

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 511

Fol(s).: 78-9

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the sale of Holcroft's play; Godwin's play writing

Mentions [James] Marshal [Marshall]; [?John] Harris or [?Thomas] Harris; [?John Philip] Kemble; [Richard Brinsley] Sheridan; Henry Hill

Incipit: How essentially do you...

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fol. 78v

fol. 79r

William Green Munford to William Godwin

Date written: 25 Nov. 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 6

Former shelfmark: Dep .b. 214/3

Fol(s).: 80-1

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Request for Godwin to buy some books; the coming American presidential election

Incipit: My regret at being compelled by...

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fol. 80v

fol. 81v

John Arnot to William Godwin

Date written: 26 Nov. 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 6

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/7 (fasc 2)

Fol(s).: 82-3

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Arnot's travels; journal

Mentions [George] Dyson; Louisa [Jones]

Incipit: In the beginning of October last...

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fol. 82r

fol. 82v

fol. 83r

fol. 83v

John Philip Kemble to William Godwin

Date written: Thur., 27 Nov. 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 6

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 525/2

Fol(s).: 84-5

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning copies of Godwin's play; a pseudonym for the author of 'Antonio'

Mentions [John] Tobin

Incipit: An Accident I met...

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fol. 85v

Thomas Holcroft to William Godwin

Date written: 28 Nov. 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 6

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 511

Fol(s).: 86-7

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning money matters; Holcroft's picture dealing; et al.

Mentions [?Thomas] Harris or [?John] Harris; [George] Robinson; [James] Marshal [Marshall]; [?Charles] Macleane [Maclean]

Incipit: I am disappointed in...

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fol. 86r

fol. 87v

R.M to William Godwin

Date written: 30 Nov. [1800]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 6

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 227/2(d)

Fol(s).: 88-9

Document type: original, initialled

Contents

On public views about proper female behaviour; Godwin's views about women; et al.

Incipit: Are your ideas really equal...

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fol. 88r

fol. 88v

fol. 89r

fol. 89v

John Philip Kemble to William Godwin

Date written: 2 Dec. 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 6

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 525/2

Fol(s).: 90-1

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Godwin's play 'Antonio'

Incipit: I intend to advertise Antonio...

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fol. 90r

fol. 91v

John Philip Kemble to William Godwin

Date written: Thur., 4 Dec. 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 6

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 525/2

Fol(s).: 92-3

Document type: original, signed

Contents

An invitation to call on Kemble

Incipit: I shall be at home all day...

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fol. 92r

fol. 93v

John Philip Kemble to William Godwin

Date written: 9 Dec. 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 6

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 525/2

Fol(s).: 94-5

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning alterations and additions to Godwin's play; the best time to present the play; et al.

Mentions Mr Smith

Incipit: The Alterations and Additions are too...

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fol. 94r

fol. 94v

fol. 95v

John Philip Kemble to William Godwin

Date written: 11 Dec. 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 6

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 525/2

Fol(s).: 96-7

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning [John] Tobin's presence at the rehearsals for Godwin's play; et al.

Incipit: Mr. Tobin is regularly called to the...

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fol. 96r

fol. 97v

John Philip Kemble to William Godwin

Date written: 14 Dec. 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 6

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 525/2

Fol(s).: 98-9

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the poor success of Godwin's play

Mentions [Sarah] Siddons

Incipit: I wish with all my soul we had...

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fol. 98r

fol. 99v

S to William Godwin

Date written: 19 Dec. 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 6

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 227/2(d)

Fol(s).: 100-1

Document type: original, initialled

Contents

Farewell letter

Incipit: I am going into the Country - I would have call'd to...

Note: Possibly from Charlotte Smith

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fol. 100v

fol. 101v

John Arnot to William Godwin

Date written: 26 Dec. 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 6

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/7 (fasc 2)

Fol(s).: 102-3

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Arnot's travels; strangers ordered to depart from Vienna

Incipit: This is the third time I...

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fol. 102r

fol. 103v

Thomas Holcroft to William Godwin

Date written: 26 Dec. 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 6

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 511

Fol(s).: 104-5

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning money matters; public critique of Godwin's play; et al.

Mentions [James] Marshal [Marshall]; John Philip Kemble; Mr Schuchmacher; Robert Garbutt; Mr Thomson; [?Charles] Macleane [Maclean]

Incipit: I yesterday received a bill for...

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fol. 104r

fol. 104v

fol. 105v

William Godwin to Thomas Wedgwood

Date written: 27 Dec. 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 6

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 513(a)

Fol(s).: 106-7

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the performance of Godwin's play ['Antonio' (1800)]

Incipit: Several times within the last fortnight...

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fol. 106r

fol. 106v

fol. 107v

Thomas Wedgwood to William Godwin

Date written: 29 Dec. 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 6

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 513(a)

Fol(s).: 108-9

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Godwin's disappointment

(Also includes notes (the family tree of Mahomet [Mohammad]) in William Godwin's hand)

Incipit: I have just rec[eive]d y[ou]rs..

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fol. 108r

fol. 108v

fol. 109v

William Godwin to [?Thomas] Wedgwood

Date written: 30 Dec. 1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 6

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 513(a)

Fol(s).: 110

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the repayment of loans

Incipit: I am sorry you found anything obscure...

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fol. 110r

Ralph Fell to William Godwin

Date written: Tue., 14 Jan. ?1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 6

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/8(c)

Fol(s).: 111

Document type: original, initialled

Contents

Turning down Godwin's invitation to dine; Fell's treatment of Godwin's friend Coleridge

(Also includes notes (including an address) in William Godwin's hand)

Mentions [Samuel Taylor] Coleridge

Incipit: I should with great...

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fol. 111r

fol. 111v

Ralph Fell to William Godwin

Date written: Wed., 15 Jan. ?1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 6

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/8(c)

Fol(s).: 112

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Accepting an invitation from Godwin; on Godwin's response to Fell's censure regarding the way Godwin has treated him.

Incipit: I accept your invitation...

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fol. 112r

fol. 112v

[Hannah Godwin] to [William Godwin]

Date written: Fri., 15 Aug. ?1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 6

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 508

Fol(s).: 113

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Concerning her feelings towards [James] Marshal [Marshall]

Incipit: I suppose from what Cooper...

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fol. 113r

fol. 113v

Ralph Fell to William Godwin

Date dated: 10 Dec. ?1800

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 6

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 514(a)

Fol(s).: 114-5

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Fell's return from Whitby

Incipit: I have the pleasure to...

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fol. 114r

fol. 114v

fol. 115v

William Vincent to [William Godwin]

Date written: Sun., [1800-3]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 6

Former shelfmark: Dep .b. 214/3

Fol(s).: 116

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning enquiries about Chaucer

Mentions Mr Horsefall

Incipit: There was no discovery of...

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fol. 116r

Maria Elizabeth Robinson to [William Godwin]

Date written: c. 1800-1

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 6

Former shelfmark: Dep .b. 214/3

Fol(s).: 117

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Seeking the return of letters from Maria's mother, [Mary Robinson] for a biography

Mentions [James] Marshal [Marshall]

Incipit: Though I am not guilty...

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fol. 117r

Ann Godwin to William Godwin

Date written: 1 Jan. 1801

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 6

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 516/1

Fol(s).: 118-19

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning family news

Mentions Joseph [Godwin]; Mary [Wollstonecraft]; Hannah [Godwin]; Hague

Incipit: I do purpose in a few weeks to...

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fol. 118v

fol. 119r

fol. 119v

John Arnot to William Godwin

Date written: 4 Jan. 1801

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 6

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/7 (fasc 2)

Fol(s).: 120-1

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Arnot's travels; strangers being ordered to depart from Vienna; Arnot's health

Mentions [George] Dyson; Louisa [Jones]

Incipit: Before I answer your letter of the...

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fol. 120r

fol. 120v

fol. 121r

fol. 121v

Maria Elizabeth Robinson to [William Godwin]

Date written: Thur., 8 Jan. 1801

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 6

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/1(e)

Fol(s).: 122

Document type: original, signed

Contents

On [Mary Robinson's] opinion of Godwin

(Also includes notes (a list) in William Godwin's hand)

Incipit: May I hope, that you will accept...

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fol. 122r

fol. 122v

M. Chandler to William Godwin

Date written: 9 Jan. 1801

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 6

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/2(c)

Fol(s).: 123r & 124v

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Requesting ten pounds of a debt owed by Godwin

Mentions [John] Phillips

Incipit: I shall be obliged to you...

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fol. 123r

fol. 124v

[William Godwin] to [M. Chandler]

Date written: 20 Jan. [1801]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 6

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/2(c)

Fol(s).: 123v-124r

Document type: draft, in the hand of William Godwin

Contents

Concerning a loan

Mentions [James] Marshal [Marshall]

Incipit: You very liberally lent me a...

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fol. 123v

fol. 124r

William Godwin to Martin Smart

Date written: 12 Jan. 1801

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 6

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 227/2(a)

Fol(s).: 125-6

Document type: original, signed

Contents

On learning his correspondent was a serjeant of militia; character of Brightwel in 'Caleb Williams'; the recipient's criticisms of 'Political Justice'

Also includes editor's note in hand of ?Mary Shelley

Incipit: I know not whether I...

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fol. 125r

fol. 125v

fol. 126r

fol. 126v

J[oseph] Ritson to William Godwin

Date written: 16 Jan. 1801

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 6

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 513(c)

Fol(s).: 127r & 128v

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the repayment of a loan

Incipit: I wish you could make it convenient...

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fol. 127r

fol. 128v

[William Godwin] to [J[oseph] Ritson]

Date written: n.d.

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 6

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 513(c)

Fol(s).: 127v-128r

Document type: draft, in the hand of William Godwin

Contents

Concerning the repayment of a loan

Incipit: The note I have just received...

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fol. 127v

fol. 128r

Ralph Fell to William Godwin

Date written: Sat., 17 Jan. 1801

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 6

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/8(c)

Fol(s).: 129-30

Document type: original, initialled

Contents

On Godwin's opinions of Fell's latest manuscript; the French Revolution; George II; on Fell's capture by a French privateer; on Fell's attempts to find a publisher et al.

Incipit: I am inconceivably...

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fol. 129r

fol. 129v

fol. 130r

fol. 130v

Charles Kemble to [William Godwin]

Date written: Wed., 21 Jan. 1801

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 6

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/1(d)

Fol(s).: 131

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning ?theatre tickets

Incipit: I am very happy that...

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fol. 131r

John Phillips to William Godwin

Date written: 24 Jan. 1801

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 6

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/2(c)

Fol(s).: 132-3

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a loan to Godwin

Mentions Mr [?Thomas] Chandler

Incipit: Mr. Chandler left...

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fol. 132r

fol. 132v

fol. 133v

William Nicholson to William Godwin

Date written: Mon., 26 Jan. 1801

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 6

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/2(c)

Fol(s).: 134

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a legal matter

Mentions Mr Duncan

Incipit: Can you oblige me...

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fol. 134r

fol. 134v

John Arnot to William Godwin

Date written: 30 Jan. 1801

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 7

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/7 (fasc 2)

Fol(s).: 1-2

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Arnot's travels; Arnot has fallen in love; poor health

Incipit: Having told you that I intended to return to England...

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fol. 1r

fol. 1v

fol. 2v

John Philpot Curran to William Godwin

Date written: 30 Jan. 1801

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 7

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 527(c)

Fol(s).: 3-4

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the failure of Godwin's play 'Antonio' (1800); Curran's inability to give Godwin money; et al.

Incipit: I had spent the Christmas in a...

Images

fol. 3r

fol. 3v

fol. 4r

fol. 4v

Ann Godwin to William Godwin

Date postmarked: 9 Feb. 1801

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 7

Former shelfmark: Dep .b. 214/3

Fol(s).: 5-6

Document type: original, initialled

Contents

Concerning the sale of stocks; family news

Mentions Mr Copland; T. Tomson

Incipit: I'm very uncapable of writing now...

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fol. 5r

fol. 5v

fol. 6v

William Godwin to Martin Smart

Date written: 10 Feb. 1801

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 7

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 227/2(a)

Fol(s).: 7-8

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning publication of 'Political Justice'; Godwin's biography; opinion of book 'Volneys Ruins'; accuracy of 'Caleb Williams'; et al.

Mentions Mary Wollstonecraft

Incipit: I have to acknowledge...

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fol. 7r

fol. 7v

fol. 8r

fol. 8v

John Arnot to William Godwin

Date written: 18 Feb. 1801

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 7

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/7 (fasc 3)

Fol(s).: 9-10

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Arnot's travels; Arnot's journals; Arnot's beloved

Incipit: I write merely to inform you that I shall depart from here in two months...

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fol. 9r

fol. 9v

fol. 10r

fol. 10v

John Arnot to William Godwin

Date written: 21 Feb. 1801

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 7

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/7 (fasc 3)

Fol(s).: 11-12

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Arnot's travels; love

Mentions Baroness Vay

Incipit: I have received your letter...

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fol. 12r

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John Philip Kemble to William Godwin

Date postmarked: 26 Feb. 1801

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 7

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 525/2

Fol(s).: 13-14

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Refusing to give an opinion on Godwin's play before it has been accepted for representation

(Also includes note (the word 'Bertula') in William Godwin's hand)

Incipit: The Hurry I was in all day...

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[William Godwin] to Thomas Holcroft

Date written: 6 Mar. 1801

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 7

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 511

Fol(s).: 15-16

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Concerning the disposition of the manuscript of 'Herman & Dorothea'

Mentions the publishers Longman; Rees

Incipit: The last letter I have received from you...

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J[oseph] Ritson to William Godwin

Date written: 7 Mar. 1801

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 7

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 513(c)

Fol(s).: 18

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the repayment of a loan; return of books; et al.

Incipit: Though you have not ability to repay...

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[William Godwin] to J[oseph] Ritson

Date written: n.d.

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 7

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 513(c)

Fol(s).: 17-18r

Document type: draft, in the hand of William Godwin

Contents

Concerning the use of Ritson as an executor; the return of books

Incipit: I have long entertained the highest esteem...

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fol. 18r

J[oseph] Ritson to William Godwin

Date written: 10 Mar. 1801

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 7

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 513(c)

Fol(s).: 19 & 20v

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the repayment of a loan

Incipit: A very slight degree of candour...

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[William Godwin] to J[oseph] Ritson

Date : n.d.

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 7

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 513(c)

Fol(s).: 20

Document type: draft, in the hand of William Godwin

Contents

Concerning the repayment of a loan

Mentions [Richard Brinsley] Sheridan

Incipit: I should be sorry to interrupt your...

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Martin Smart to William Godwin

Date written: 16 Mar. 1801

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 7

Former shelfmark: Dep.b.214/6(a)

Fol(s).: 21-2

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Smart's engagements

(Also includes lists of crossed-out numbers, (perhaps pages in a 3-volume book) in William Godwin's hand)

Incipit: I obtained rather...

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Lady Margaret Mountcashell [Margaret Mason] to William Godwin

Date written: 6 Apr. 1801

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 7

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 507/5

Fol(s).: 23-4

Document type: original, signed

Contents

On the upbringing of children; et al.

Mentions Charles Lamb; [John Philpot] Curran

Incipit: It is so long since I...

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fol. 24r

fol. 24v

William Godwin to Thomas Wedgwood

Date written: 7 Apr. 1801

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 7

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 513(a)

Fol(s).: 25-6

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the failure of 'Antonio' (1800); borrowing and repayment of loans

(Also includes an endorsement, in ?Thomas Wedgwood's hand)

Mentions [George] Robinson; [Richard] Philips [Phillips]

Incipit: In a very kind note I received from you...

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fol. 26r

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Thomas Wedgwood to William Godwin

Date written: 9 Apr. 1801

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 7

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 513(a)

Fol(s).: 27

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Wedgwood's inability to assist Godwin

Incipit: It would have given me great pleasure...

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John Lesh[?] to William Godwin

Date postmarked: 25 Apr. 1801

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 7

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/2(c)

Fol(s).: 28-9

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a query from Godwin relating to Mr. Cavendish's library

Mentions Mr Heydinger; Mr Cavendish

Incipit: I wish it were in my power...

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fol. 29r

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Sophia King to William Godwin

Date postmarked: 27 Apr. 1801

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 7

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/2(c)

Fol(s).: 30-1

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Requesting a loan of £20 from Godwin secured on an upcoming play and a romance written by King

Incipit: Encouraged by those elevated...

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N.A. FitzGerald to William Godwin

Date postmarked: 5 June 1801

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 7

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/2(c)

Fol(s).: 32-3

Document type: original, signed

Contents

On FitzGerald's present circumstances; hope that Godwin will be able to procure FitzGerald a job in London as a housekeeper

Mentions [John Philpot] Curran

Incipit: Mr Curran having written...

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fol. 33r

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Elizabeth Inchbald to William Godwin

Date written: 5 June 1801

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 7

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 509

Fol(s).: 34-5

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Godwin's play 'Antonio' (1800)

Incipit: I thank you for the play of Antonio...

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John Fenwick to William Godwin

Date written: 7 June [1801]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 7

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/8(f)

Fol(s).: 36

Document type: original, signed

Contents

On a pamphlet about to be published by Godwin ('Reply to Parr')

Mentions [George] Robinson; [James] Mackintosh; [Samuel] Parr

Incipit: I certainly will not make any...

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Lord Lansdowne, William Petty to William Godwin

Date written: 8 June 1801

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 7

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/2(c)

Fol(s).: 37-8

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Arranging an appointment with Godwin

Incipit: Ld. Lansdowne's comp[limen]ts to Mr Godwin...

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John Robinson to William Godwin

Date postmarked: 9 June 1801

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 7

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 514(a)

Fol(s).: 39-40

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Godwin's pamphlet; publication matters

(Also includes notes (a list of names) in William Godwin's hand)

Incipit: You will before this have...

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[-] Schweizer to William Godwin

Date written: 2 July 1801

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 7

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/2(c)

Fol(s).: 41-2

Document type: original, signed

Contents

On Schweizer's intention to visit Godwin

Incipit: As you have the habit to see with your philosophical Eye...

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Edward Williams to William Godwin

Date written: 4 July 1801

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 7

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/2(c)

Fol(s).: 43-4

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Confirming an appointment with Godwin

Incipit: I am favoured with your note...

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Thomas Hill to William Godwin

Date postmarked: 7 July 1801

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 7

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 227/2(d)

Fol(s).: 45r & 46v

Document type: original, signed

Contents

On Hill's plans to visit Godwin once returning from a business trip to Bath

Incipit: This Evening I leave Town for Bath...

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[William Godwin] to ?

Date written: 10 July 1801

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 7

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 227/2(d)

Fol(s).: 45 & 46r

Document type: draft, in the hand of William Godwin

Contents

Thank you for receipt of book, Godwin's opinions of the work; et al.

(Also includes literary notes (a short list of book titles) in William Godwin's hand)

Incipit: I thank you for the copy...

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fol. 45v

fol. 46r

Ralph Fell to William Godwin

Date written: 8 July 1801

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 7

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 514(a)

Fol(s).: 47-8

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Introducing the bearer, Mr Gibson

Mentions Mr Gibson possibly ? Francis Gibson

Incipit: This will be put into...

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Joseph Godwin to William Godwin

Date written: 11 July 1801

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 7

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 227/2(d)

Fol(s).: 49

Document type: original, signed

Contents

On expectations of a letter from Mr. Lea.

Incipit: I own myself very remiss...

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[-] Turner to William Godwin

Date postmarked: 20 July 1801

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 7

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 229/9

Fol(s).: 50-1

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Request for books from Godwin

Incipit: Mr Turner presents his...

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fol. 51r

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Martin Smart to William Godwin

Date written: 31 July 1801

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 7

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/2(c)

Fol(s).: 52-3

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Godwin's 'Political Justice' and 'Memoirs of the Author of the Vindication of the Rights of Woman'; Smart's memories of Newington Green; et al.

Mentions [John] Hewlett

Incipit: In the hurry and...

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fol. 52v

fol. 53r

fol. 53v

James Wood to William Godwin

Date written: 11 Aug. 1801

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 7

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 227/2(a)

Fol(s).: 54r & 55v

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Fragment, concerning Godwin's wish to meet John Horne, author of 'Douglas'

Incipit: you expressed a wish to meet...

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fol. 55v

[William Godwin] to ?

Date written: 15 Sept. 1801

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 7

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 227/2(a)

Fol(s).: 54v-55r

Document type: fair copy or draft, in the hand of William Godwin

Contents

Enclosing a tragedy he's written; comments on its pacing

Incipit: I inclose you a tragedy...

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Lady Margaret Mountcashell [Margaret Mason] to William Godwin

Date written: 6 Aug. [1801]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 7

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 507/5

Fol(s).: 56-7

Document type: original, signed

Contents

On Godwin's letters; the upbringing of children; travel plans; et al.

Mentions [Mary Shelley]

Incipit: I was sorry to find by...

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fol. 57r

fol. 57v

Elizabeth Inchbald to William Godwin

Date dated: 8 Sept. 1801

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 7

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 509

Fol(s).: 58-61

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a critique in a journal; a theft from Inchbald

Incipit: I have not seen one single number...

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fol. 59r

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fol. 60r

fol. 60v

fol. 61r

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John Philip Kemble to William Godwin

Date written: 16 Sept. 1801

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 7

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 525/2

Fol(s).: 62-3

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the removal of Godwin's name from a play

Incipit: Your direction shall be punctually...

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William Powell to [William Godwin]

Date written: 23 Sept. 1801

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 7

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 525/3

Fol(s).: 64r & 65v

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Turning down a play

Incipit: The Proprietors have directed...

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[William Godwin] to ?William Powell

Date written: 25 Sept. 1801

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 7

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 525/3

Fol(s).: 64 & 65v

Document type: draft, in the hand of William Godwin

Contents

Concerning possible alterations to a play

Incipit: I am sorry to intrude for a moment...

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fol. 64v

fol. 65r

John Philip Kemble to William Godwin

Date written: 26 Sept. 1801

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 7

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 525/2

Fol(s).: 66r & 67v

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning alterations to Godwin's play; offer to present the play

Incipit: When you have made...

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[William Godwin] to [John Philip Kemble]

Date written: 28 Sept. 1801

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 7

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 525/2

Fol(s).: 66v-67r

Document type: draft, in the hand of William Godwin

Contents

Concerning alterations to a play

Incipit: The sole object...

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John Philip Kemble to [William Godwin]

Date written: 28 Sept. 1801

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 7

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 525/2

Fol(s).: 68

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a play reading; alterations

Incipit: If it could be supposed that a Play...

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[William Godwin] to [John Philip Kemble]

Date written: 29 Sept. 1801

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 7

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 525/2

Fol(s).: 69

Document type: draft, in the hand of William Godwin

Contents

Concerning alterations

Incipit: I am sorry to trouble you again...

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John Philip Kemble to William Godwin

Date written: 2 Oct. 1801

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 7

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 525/2

Fol(s).: 70-1

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the presentation of Godwin's play

Incipit: You have not been troublesome...

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[Muzio] Clementi to William Godwin

Date dated: 25 Oct. 1801

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 7

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/2(c)

Fol(s).: 72

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Thanking Godwin for a present

Mentions [Thomas] Holcroft

Incipit: Clementi calls on Mr Godwin to make...

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[?C. W] Flint to William Godwin

Date written: 2 Nov. 1801

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 7

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/2(c)

Fol(s).: 73

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Refusing Godwin's application for a passport

Written on behalf of Lord [Thomas] Pelham.

Incipit: [?C W] Flint presents his...

Note: C.W. Flint possibly Charles Flint

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[Francis] Douce to William Godwin

Date written: 2 Nov. 1801

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 7

Former shelfmark: Dep.b.214/6(a)

Fol(s).: 74-5

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Godwin's request to borrow books on Chaucer from Douce's personal library

Incipit: Mr Douce presents his compliments to...

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John Fenwick to William Godwin

Date written: 24 Nov. 1801

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 7

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/8(f)

Fol(s).: 76-7

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a misunderstanding between [Eliza] Fenwick and Godwin; sending books to New York

Incipit: I accidentally learnt...

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fol. 77r

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David Webster to William Godwin

Date written: 7 Dec. 1801

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 7

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/2(c)

Fol(s).: 78-9

Document type: original, signed

Contents

On Webster's early education; Webster's pamphlet on 'The God of the Jews...'

Incipit: It is with great diffidence that I...

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Thomas Holcroft to William Godwin

Date written: 1 Jan. 1802

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 7

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 511

Fol(s).: 80-1

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Godwin's marriage; business matters; Fanny [Holcroft]'s marriage

Mentions [?John] Harris or [?Thomas] Harris; [James] Marshal [Marshall]; Brown; [Stephanie-Felicite] Genlis; Lady Mountcashel [Margaret] Moore [Margaret Mason]

Incipit: I cannot write a word...

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? to William Godwin

Date postmarked: 6 Jan 1802

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 7

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 520

Fol(s).: 82

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Address leaf, addressed to Godwin

(Also includes notes (?appointments for Monday and Friday) in William Godwin's hand)

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Richard Brinsley Sheridan to William Godwin

Date dated: [6] [Jan.] 1802

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 7

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 525/3

Fol(s).: 83-4

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a meeting with Godwin

Incipit: I assure you I have done everything...

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J[ohn] Wolcot to William Godwin

Date dated: 8 Jan. 1802

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 7

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 527(d)

Fol(s).: 85-6

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Turning down an invitation to a philosophical party Godwin is holding

Mentions Lord [Horatio] Nelson

Incipit: Most willingly would I join your...

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fol. 86r

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Thomas Clio Rickman to William Godwin

Date written: 21 Jan. 1802

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 7

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/2(b)

Fol(s).: 87-8

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Godwin's responses to [Samuel] Parr and [James] Mackintosh; Godwin's doctrines; et al.

Incipit: I have read with pleasure your reply to Dr. Parr...

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fol. 88r

fol. 88v

Thomas Holcroft to William Godwin

Date written: 2 Feb. 1802

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 7

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 511

Fol(s).: 89-90

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning an opera Holcroft intends to adapt for the stage; the procurement of marmots; Fenwick's journals; et al.

Mentions [George] Tuthill; [?Thomas] Harris; [?John] Harris; [James] Marshal [Marshall]; [Anthony] Carlisle; [John] Fenwick

Incipit: A day or two after I wrote...

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Thomas Holcroft to William Godwin

Date written: 17 Feb. 1802

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 7

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 511

Fol(s).: 91-2

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a warning in the Times against Holcroft as a spy; the Mountcashells' parting with Fanny Holcroft; et al.

Mentions Lady M[ountcashel] [Margaret Moore] [Margaret Mason]; Lord Mountcashel [ [Stephen] Moore]; Fanny [Holcroft]; Manning; Gimingham; [George] Tuthill; [?Charles] Macleane [Maclean]

Incipit: The devil of misfortune is everlastingly at...

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fol. 92v

Lady Mountcashell, Margaret Moore [Margaret Mason] to [William Godwin]

Date written: 21 Feb. 1802

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 7

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/1(p)

Fol(s).: 93-4

Document type: original, signed

Contents

On [Thomas] Holcroft; [Fanny] Holcroft's unsuitability as a governess

Mentions Lord Mountcashell, [Stephen] Moore]

Incipit: I am very much concerned...

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fol. 94r

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Thomas Holcroft and Fanny [Holcroft] to William Godwin

Date written: 1 Mar. 1802

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 7

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 511

Fol(s).: 95-6

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the acquisition of a marmot and a loir. Postscript by Fanny [Holcroft].

Mentions [Anthony] Carlisle; Louisa [Holcroft] or Louisa [Holcroft]; [Mary Jane] Godwin

Incipit: Your last was dated Jan[ua]ry 29th...

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William Godwin to William Cole

Date written: 2 Mar. 1802

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 7

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/2(b)

Fol(s).: 97-8

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the education of children

Mentions [Anna] Barbauld

Incipit: Your question is much...

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fol. 98r

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Sarah Holcroft to William Godwin

Date written: 6 Mar. 1802

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 7

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 511

Fol(s).: 99

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning financial arrangements made for Sarah Holcroft on Thomas Holcroft's behalf

Incipit: I receiv'd yours of the 2nd...

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C. Poole to [William Godwin]

Date written: 17 Mar. 1802

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 7

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/2(b)

Fol(s).: 100

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the health of one of Godwin's children

Mentions [Mary Jane] Godwin; [Mary Shelley] or [Fanny Godwin]

Incipit: Your favour I received last...

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fol. 100r

Thomas Holcroft to William Godwin

Date written: 20 Mar. 1802

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 7

Former shelfmark: Dep.b.214/6(b)

Fol(s).: 101-2

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning translations by [James] Marshal [Marshall] and other literary efforts

Mentions Madame de Stael [ Anne Stael-Holstein]; [?Charles] Macleane [Maclean]; Hamilton

Incipit: I have seen Madam de Stael...

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[?Richard] Cosway to William Godwin

Date written: Thur., 1 Apr. [1802]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 7

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/2(b)

Fol(s).: 103-4

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Forwarding [Thomas] Holcroft's manuscript to Godwin

(Also includes notes (list of names and date spans) in William Godwin's hand)

Incipit: Mr. Cosway presents his...

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Thomas Holcroft to William Godwin

Date written: 6 Apr. 1802

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 7

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 511

Fol(s).: 105-6

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Holcroft's publication plans; et al.

Mentions [?Thomas] Harris or [?John] Harris; Foulkes; Madame de Stael [ Anne Stael-Holstein]; Fanny [Holcroft]; [?Charles] Macleane [Maclean]; the Robinson family; [William] Nicholson; Mr Crawfurd ? Adair Crawford; [Anthony] Carlisle

Incipit: By the last Post...

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[Elizabeth Inchbald] to William Godwin

Date written: Thur., 8 Apr. [1802]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 7

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 509

Fol(s).: 107-8

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Seeking Godwin's opinion of a work; money

Incipit: Your Letter this moment arrived...

Note: See also a Mary Shelley-era copy in MS. Abinger c. 54, fols. 2-3

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fol. 107v

fol. 108r

fol. 108v

Martin Smart to William Godwin

Date written: 9 Apr. 1802

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 7

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 529(c)

Fol(s).: 109-10

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Containing critique of Godwin's 'Enquiry Concerning Political Justice' (1793)

Incipit: Ecce iterum Crispinus!...

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fol. 110r

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P[rince] Hoare to William Godwin

Date postmarked: 10 Apr. 1802

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 7

Former shelfmark: Dep.b.214/6(a)

Fol(s).: 111-12

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a request from Godwin

Mentions Mr Hoare

Incipit: Allow me to express a pleasure in your...

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P[rince] Hoare to William Godwin

Date written: 13 Apr. [1802]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 7

Former shelfmark: Dep.b.214/6(a)

Fol(s).: 113-14

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a request from Godwin

Mentions Mr Hoare

Incipit: I must not longer be allowed to profess...

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George King to [William Godwin]

Date written: 17 Apr. 1802

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 7

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/2(b)

Fol(s).: 115-16

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Seeking Godwin's assistance in mediating with King's father

Mentions Mr King

Incipit: Unfortunately, by birth...

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George King to William Godwin

Date written: 21 Apr. 1802

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 7

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/2(b)

Fol(s).: 117-18

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Regarding Godwin's offer to assist King in mediating with King's father

Mentions Mr King; Lathrop

Incipit: With pleasure I received...

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George King to William Godwin

Date written: 22 Apr. 1802

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 7

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/2(b)

Fol(s).: 119-20

Document type: original, signed

Contents

On King's education and health and prospects for employment

Incipit: I shall be happy at all...

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Mr [-] Campbell and Mr [-] Wood to William Godwin

Date postmarked: 28 Apr. 1802

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 7

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/2

Fol(s).: 121-2

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Invitation to dine

Incipit: Mr. Campbell and Mr. Wood...

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Thomas Holcroft, Louisa Holcroft and Fanny Holcroft to William Godwin

Date written: 2 May 1802

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 7

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 511

Fol(s).: 123-4

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Holcroft's publications; books for translation; et al. Postscripts by Louisa and Fanny Holcroft.

Mentions [?Thomas] Harris or [?John] Harris; Madame de Stael [ Anne Stael-Holstein]; [Mary Jane] Godwin; Foulkes; [?William] Bosville; [John] Horne Took [Tooke]

Incipit: By Friday's Post...

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J. Bye to William Godwin

Date written: 24 May 1802

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 7

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/2(b)

Fol(s).: 125

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Requesting some drawings given to Godwin, so that they can be engraved

(Also includes notes (arithmetic) in William Godwin's hand)

Written on behalf of [?Richard] Phillips

Incipit: I am desired by Mr. Phillips...

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Thomas Holcroft to William Godwin

Date written: 27 May 1802

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 7

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 511

Fol(s).: 126-7

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a theatre's prevarication over one of Holcroft's plays; the character of a Mr S; et al.

Mentions [?Thomas] Harris or [?John] Harris; [James] Marshal [Marshall]; [John] Fenwick; Ashly; Fogo; Fanny [Holcroft]

Incipit: The conduct of Mr Harris...

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Thomas Cooper to [William Godwin]

Date written: 10 June 1802

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 7

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/1(a) (fasc 2)

Fol(s).: 128

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Introducing the bearer, Charles Ingersol, a writer

Incipit: I have been chargrined at...

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James Marshall to William Godwin

Date written: Sat., 3 July 1802

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 7

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/5

Fol(s).: 129

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a party for Lucas and ?Godwin's children

(Also includes notes (addresses) in William Godwin's hand)

Mentions Lucas ?Marshall

Incipit: I am desirous that Lucas...

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Martin Smart to William Godwin

Date written: 5 July 1802

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 7

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/2(b)

Fol(s).: 130-1

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Smart's employment

Mentions [James] Marshall

Incipit: I would before this time...

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James Marshall to William Godwin

Date written: 5 July 1802

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 7

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/5

Fol(s).: 132-3

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning books and letters from [Thomas] Holcroft; Godwin's treatment of Marshall

Mentions [?Thomas] Harris or [?John] Harris; [Mary Jane] Godwin; Mr Hamilton

Incipit: I return you Mr. Holcroft's letter...

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fol. 133v

J[ames] Boaden to [William Godwin]

Date written: 28 July 1802

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 8

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/2(b)

Fol(s).: 1

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Godwin's esteem for Boaden

(Also includes literary notes in William Godwin's hand)

Incipit: You and I are not men to say fine things to each other...

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James Perry to [William Godwin]

Date written: 24 Aug. 1802

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 8

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/2(b)

Fol(s).: 2

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning suspicions about [Thomas] Holcroft

(Also includes notes (arithmetic) in William Godwin's hand)

Incipit: I really do not know what to do...

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Humphry Davy to William Godwin

Date written: 26 Sept. 1802

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 8

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 527(c)

Fol(s).: 3

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Inviting Godwin to dine

Mentions [?Thomas Clio] Rickman; [James] Tobin or [John] Tobin

Incipit: Will you favor me...

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Thomas Wedgwood to William Godwin

Date postmarked: 2 Oct. 1802

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 8

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/5(a)

Fol(s).: 4-5

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the expression of sentiment

Incipit: I am much gratified by...

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John Flaxman to [William Godwin]

Date written: 19 Nov. 1802

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 8

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 507/16

Fol(s).: 6

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Giving permission for the use of Flaxman's name as an authority

Mentions Smith

Incipit: I have not the least objection to my name being mentioned...

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David Booth to William Godwin

Date written: 10 Dec. 1802

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 8

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 527(d)

Fol(s).: 7-8

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Booth's 'Analytical Dictionary of the English Language'

Mentions [John Horne] Tooke

Incipit: A purposed [sic] undertaking in which...

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fol. 8v

William Austin to William Godwin

Date written: 15 Dec. 1802

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 8

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/2(b)

Fol(s).: 9r-v

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Enclosing a work from Austin

Mentions Dr Griffiths

Incipit: This unusual mode...

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[William Godwin] to ?

Date written: n.d.

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 8

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/2(b)

Fol(s).: 9v

Document type: draft, in the hand of William Godwin

Contents

Concerning the perfections of Godwin's writing

Incipit: Do not pervert what I have...

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[William Godwin] to ?[Martin] Smart

Date written: 12 Jan. 1803

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 8

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/2(b)

Fol(s).: 10

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

On the advantages of experience

Incipit: For God's sake, my dear friend, do not let us ger into altercation about these trifles...

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William Godwin to ?

Date written: 29 Jan. 1803

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 8

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/5(a)

Fol(s).: 11

Document type: original or fair copy, signed

Contents

Concerning a list of printer's errors Godwin has sent to the recipient

Incipit: I cannot submit to your law of silence...

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Manuscript: ?Mary Jane Godwin

Date written: n.d.

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 8

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 227/3(a)

Fol(s).: 12r

Document type: original, or fair copy, unsigned

Contents

A poem, beginning 'Inferior thoughts alone their powers engage'

Incipit: Inferior thoughts...

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William Godwin to ?Mary Jane Godwin

Date written: 14 Feb. 1803

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 8

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 227/3(a)

Fol(s).: 12v

Document type: original or fair copy, signed

Contents

Regarding Godwin's corrections of the recipient's poem; et al.

Incipit: would amend my alterations...

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William Crowe to [William Godwin]

Date written: 26 Feb. 1803

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 8

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/1(q)

Fol(s).: 13

Document type: original, signed

Contents

On a plan of [Godwin's] to visit Oxford University, particularly the Bodleian Library

Mentions [John] Price

Incipit: My absence from Oxford...

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Ed[?ward] Roberts to [William Godwin]

Date written: 5 Mar. 1803

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 8

Former shelfmark: Dep.b.214/6(a)

Fol(s).: 14

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Advising where records relating to Chaucer can be found

Incipit: I am sorry that I have not the means of...

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W.R Wake to William Godwin

Date postmarked: 25 Mar. 1803

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 8

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/1(e)

Fol(s).: 15-16

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Regarding Godwin's application to Wake for assistance

Incipit: It gives me great pleasure...

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? to William Godwin

Date postmarked: 29 Mar. 1803

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 8

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 227/2(d)

Fol(s).: 17

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Fragment of letter (address leaf only)

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John Arnot to William Godwin

Date written: 20 Apr. 1803

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 8

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 525/3

Fol(s).: 18-19

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Bequeathing Arnot's literary estate to Godwin

Mentions Mrs Reid; Peter Reid; Jane [Arnot]

Incipit: In case of my death, or loss of...

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Ann Godwin to William Godwin

Date written: 27 Apr. 1803

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 8

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 516/1

Fol(s).: 20

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Sending gifts; family news

Mentions Harriot ? Harriet Godwin; Mrs H[arriet] Godwin; Mr Sykes; Mary Bailey

Incipit: Doubtless I should be glad to see you...

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[James] Dallaway to William Godwin

Date written: 17 May 1803

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 8

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 528(a)

Fol(s).: 21

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Concerning research in the Herald's College

Mentions Anne of Bohemia; Sir John Holland

Incipit: Mr Dallaway returns respectful compliments...

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Elihu Palmer to William Godwin

Date written: May 1803

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 8

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/1(q)

Fol(s).: 22-3

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Forwarding a copy of Palmer's book 'Principles of Nature'; critique of Godwin's 'Political Justice'

Incipit: I send you a Copy of the Second Edition...

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James Wood to William Godwin

Date written: 25 June 1803

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 8

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 528(a)

Fol(s).: 24-5

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a translator for the works of Madame Harmes (Baroness von Berlepsch ); the Hanoverian army; et al.

Mentions [Mary Wollstonecraft]

Incipit: I am about to request of you...

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Thomas Turner to William Godwin

Date written: Mon., 4 July 1803

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 8

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 528(a)

Fol(s).: 26

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Seeking Godwin's help against vice

Incipit: I am confident that you are a man...

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John Bernard Trotter to William Godwin

Date written: 9 July 1803

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 8

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/2(b)

Fol(s).: 27-8

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Godwin's views about Cicero

Mentions [John Philpot] Curran; [Henry] Grattan

Incipit: You will be much surprized...

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John Philpot Curran to William Godwin

Date dated: 8 Aug. 1803

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 8

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/6

Fol(s).: 29-30

Document type: original, initialled

Contents

Concerning Godwin's protege [Thomas] Cooper; et al.

Mentions [Mary Jane] Godwin

Incipit: I am sure you'll regret that my delay...

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Ann Godwin to William Godwin

Date written: 10 Aug. 1803

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 8

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 516/1

Fol(s).: 31

Document type: original, initialled

Contents

Concerning a visit to Ann Godwin

Incipit: I dont know how to make a proper Apology [sic]...

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? to William Godwin

Date postmarked: 17 Aug. 1803

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 8

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 529(a)

Fol(s).: 32-3

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Concerning the origins of a Shakespeare scene

Mentions [William] Shakespeare; Ben Jonson; [Walter] Raleigh

Incipit: In the first place, it is, impossible...

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Robert Lemon to William Godwin

Date written: Mon., 29 Aug. 1803

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 8

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 528(a)

Fol(s).: 34-5

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Godwin's novel 'St Leon' (1799)

Incipit: With many thanks I return the...

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Thomas Holcroft to William Godwin

Date written: 3 Sept. 1803

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 8

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 511

Fol(s).: 36-7

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning an accusation Godwin has made about Holcroft

Incipit: I am deeply afflicted that any action...

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H. Chatterton to William Godwin

Date written: 27 Sept. 1803

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 8

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/1(q)

Fol(s).: 38-9

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the study of philosophy; et al.

Mentions Bishop [John] Wilkins; Condorcet; [Isaac] Newton; [Joseph] Priestley; [Antoine] Lavoisier; [John] Locke; [David] Hartley; [Carl] Linnaus

Incipit: As I cannot for a moment...

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Archibald Hamilton Rowan to William Godwin

Date written: 27 Sept. 1803

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 8

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/6

Fol(s).: 40-1

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the acquisition of a house in the country; [Robert] Emmet and Irish nationalism

Incipit: If I may be permitted to estimate...

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Capel Lofft to William Godwin

Date written: Tue., 4 Oct. 1803

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 8

Former shelfmark: Dep .b. 214/3

Fol(s).: 42-3

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Lofft's visit to [Thomas] Brand Hollis's house

Incipit: I have just receiv'd your Letter...

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? to William Godwin

Date postmarked: 5 Oct. [1803]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 8

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/2(c)

Fol(s).: 44-5

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Concerning alterations to the manuscripts of Godwin's 'Life of Geoffrey Chaucer' (1803)

Mentions [?Martin] Smart; [Richard] Philips [Phillips]; [John] Fenwick; [?Thomas] Cooper

Incipit: At last I have had an...

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Thomas Holcroft to William Godwin

Date written: 16 Oct. 1803

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 8

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 511

Fol(s).: 46-7

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Godwin's accusations about Holcroft

Incipit: The reason of my silence has not been...

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Ann Godwin to William Godwin

Date written: 15 Nov. 1803

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 8

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 516/1

Fol(s).: 48-9

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a Mr Sykes; the Godwin's visit to Ann Godwin; et al.

Mentions [Mary Jane Godwin]; Mr Sykes; John [Godwin]; Natty [Nathaniel Godwin]; Raven

Incipit: My dear William whose Countenance gave me...

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Capel Lofft to William Godwin

Date written: 5 Dec. 1803

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 8

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/1(k)

Fol(s).: 50

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Godwin's opinion of Lofft's 'Tragedy'; plans to travel to London; the building of barracks in Woodbridge; et al.

Mentions [Mary Jane] Godwin; [Sarah] Lofft

Incipit: Mrs Lofft has had a very agreeable...

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John Horne Tooke to William Godwin

Date written: 6 Dec. 1803

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 8

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/9(b)

Fol(s).: 51-2

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Godwin's visit to Horne Tooke's home

Mentions [?William] Bosville; Mr Ward; W[?alter] Scott

Incipit: I this moment receive...

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J. T. Finegan to William Godwin

Date written: 7 Dec. 1803

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 8

Former shelfmark: Dep .b. 214/3

Fol(s).: 53-4

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Godwin's observations on the author of Piers Plowman's Visions

Mentions [Robert] Crowley; [Peter] Heylin [Heylyn]; [John] Stow

Incipit: In the persuasion that...

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[William] Godwin to Martin Smart

Date written: n.d.

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 8

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 227/2(b)

Fol(s).: 55v

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Address leaf, including a postscript enclosing corrections to a work

Incipit: I am sorry if I have...

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[William Godwin] to ?[Martin] Smart

Date written: Wed., 9 Feb. [1803]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 8

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 227/2(b)

Fol(s).: 55r

Document type: original or draft, unsigned

Contents

Regarding a disagreement

Mentions [?James] Ballantine [Ballantyne]

Incipit: I am much grieved that you...

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J. Macdonald to [William Godwin]

Date written: Thur., 8 ? [1803-1807]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 8

Former shelfmark: Dep.b.214/6(a)

Fol(s).: 56

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a forthcoming meeting

Mentions [John] Horne Tooke

Incipit: My projected visit to Somers...

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Joseph Godwin to William Godwin

Date written: 2 Feb. 1804

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 8

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 229/2(a)

Fol(s).: 57-8

Document type: original, signed

Contents

A request for William Godwin to loan the first volume of 'Life of Chaucer'

Incipit: I should esteem it a particular favour...

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? to William Godwin

Date written: 25 Mar. [1804]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 8

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 529(c)

Fol(s).: 59-60

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the conduct of a Mr W[?ist] towards Miss Godwin

(Also includes notes (arithmetic) in William Godwin's hand)

Mentions Colonel Stapleton

Incipit: The only reason of my not answering...

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F. Damiani to [William Godwin]

Date written: Fri., 13 Apr. 1804

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 8

Former shelfmark: Dep .b. 214/3

Fol(s).: 61

Document type: original, signed

Contents

A response to a historical enquiry (about Florence and Tuscany)

Incipit: I beg your pardon again if I have been too long to give you an answer...

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Henry Ellis to [William Godwin]

Date written: 13 Apr. 1804

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 8

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 513(b)

Fol(s).: 62

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a research enquiry about the manufacturing of silk

Incipit: I fear you will, by this time...

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William Godwin to Thomas Wedgwood

Date written: 14 Apr. 1804

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 8

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 513(a)

Fol(s).: 63-4

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Godwin's reasons for writing plays; need for money

Mentions [Mary Jane] Godwin; [Samuel Taylor] Coleridge

Incipit: It is with the utmost reluctance...

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Thomas Wedgwood to William Godwin

Date written: 15 Apr. 1804

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 8

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 513(a)

Fol(s).: 65-6

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a loan to Godwin; Wedgwood's health; et al.

Mentions Mr Howship

Incipit: I am so unwilling to leave you in a moment suspence...

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William Godwin to Thomas Wedgwood

Date written: 18 Apr. 1804

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 8

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 513(a)

Fol(s).: 67-8

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Wedgwood's character; the gift of money for the education of talented people

Incipit: It was with the highest pleasure...

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Thomas Holcroft to [William Godwin]

Date dated: 20 Apr. 1804

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 8

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 527(d)

Fol(s).: 69

Document type: original, initialled

Contents

Refusing to be shaken in friendship

Mentions [?George] Cooke

Incipit: I have seldom been more afflicted...

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Thomas Holcroft and Louisa Holcroft to William Godwin

Date written: 21 June 1804

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 8

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 511

Fol(s).: 70-1

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning accounts; et al.. Postscript signed L. Holcroft

Mentions Fanny [Holcroft]; Colonel Harwood; [Mary Jane] Godwin; [Anthony] Carlisle; Dr Buchan

Incipit: In this case I can not blame you even...

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Anthony Carlisle to [William Godwin]

Date written: 7 July 1804

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 8

Former shelfmark: Dep .b. 214/3

Fol(s).: 72

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Godwin's childrens' health

Mentions [Mary Shelley]; [Fanny Godwin]; [Mary Jane Godwin]

Incipit: I have seen the remains...

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John Flaxman to [William Godwin]

Date written: 16 July 1804

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 8

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 507/16

Fol(s).: 73

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning an invitation to dine

Incipit: Permit me to assure you that my vanity...

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Thomas Holcroft to William Godwin

Date written: 23 Sept. 1804

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 8

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 229/1(b)

Fol(s).: 74r

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Requesting that Godwin not make alterations without conference

Incipit: remember there are such things...

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[William Godwin] to ?Thomas Holcroft

Date written: n.d.

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 8

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 229/1(b)

Fol(s).: 74v

Document type: draft, in the hand of William Godwin

Contents

Concerning a work upon which he and the recipient are collaborating

Incipit: I confess my fault. I have been...

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fol. 74v

Thomas Holcroft to [William Godwin]

Date written: 25 Sept. 1804

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 8

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 511

Fol(s).: 75

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a piece Holcroft has written

Mentions Fanny [Holcroft]; [Mary Jane] Godwin

Incipit: I am sorry our feelings...

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fol. 75r

[?G]owan to William Godwin

Date written: 25 Sept. 1804

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 8

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 229/1(a) (fasc2)

Fol(s).: 76r & 77v

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Invitation to dine

Mentions [John Philpot] Curran

Incipit: Will you be so good as to favour me...

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fol. 76r

fol. 77v

[William Godwin] to [Thomas Holcroft]

Date written: 1 Oct. 1804

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 8

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 229/1(a) (fasc2)

Fol(s).: 76v-77r

Document type: draft, in the hand of William Godwin

Contents

Concerning [Holcroft] rewriting a tragedy

(Also includes literary notes in William Godwin's hand)

Incipit: The contents of your last note...

Note: Note: See also the original in MS. Abinger c. 8, fols. 79-80

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fol. 76v

fol. 77r

William Godwin to Thomas Holcroft

Date written: Wed., 27 Sept. 1804

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 8

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 227/3(a)

Fol(s).: 78

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a debate between Godwin and Holcroft; et al.

Incipit: I cannot exactly agree with you...

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fol. 78r

fol. 78v

William Godwin to Thomas Holcroft

Date written: 1 Oct. 1804

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 8

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 511

Fol(s).: 79-80

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Holcroft's effort to re-write Godwin's tragedy;

Mentions [Mary Jane] Godwin; [Louisa] Holcroft

Incipit: The contents of your last note...

Note: Note: See also a Godwin draft in MS. Abinger c. 8, fols. 76v-77r

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fol. 79r

fol. 79v

fol. 80v

Thomas Holcroft to William Godwin

Date written: 3 Oct. 1804

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 8

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 511

Fol(s).: 81-2

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning critique of Godwin's manuscript

Mentions Louisa [Holcroft]; Fanny [Holcroft]; [Mary Jane] Godwin

Incipit: Determined and absolute candor...

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fol. 81r

fol. 81v

fol. 82v

?Timothy Brown to William Godwin

Date written: 9 Oct. 1804

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 8

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 529(c)

Fol(s).: 83-4

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning inability to loan money to Godwin

Incipit: I have been so unfortunate by lending...

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fol. 83r

fol. 84v

Richard Wroughton to William Godwin

Date written: 22 Oct. 1804

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 8

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/6

Fol(s).: 85-6

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the production of Godwin's plays

Mentions [Richard Brinsley] Sheridan

Incipit: I received your's with the Tragedy...

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fol. 85r

fol. 85v

fol. 86r

Francis Burdett to William Godwin

Date written: 8 Nov. 1804

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 8

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 514(b)

Fol(s).: 87-8

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning some former urgent query from Godwin

Incipit: I found both your letters at my house on...

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fol. 87r

fol. 88v

Richard Wroughton to William Godwin

Date written: Thur., 8 Nov. 1804

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 8

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/1(j)

Fol(s).: 89-90

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning arrangements for the theatre season

Incipit: With every Wish to answer your Letter...

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fol. 90r

fol. 90v

Richard Wroughton to [William Godwin]

Date written: 23 Dec. 1804

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 8

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/1(j)

Fol(s).: 91

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning [Godwin's] play

Incipit: The proprietors of the theatre are gone from Town...

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fol. 91r

Ann Godwin to William Godwin and Mary Jane Godwin

Date received: Dec. 1804

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 8

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 516/1

Fol(s).: 92

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Ann Godwin's children and grandchildren

Mentions John [Godwin]; Hannah [Godwin]; [Philip] Hull [Godwin]; Mr Raven

Incipit: You must excuse my incorectness [sic]...

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fol. 92r

fol. 92v

?James Pratt to William Godwin

Date written: Mon., 27 Aug. ?1804

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 8

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 227/3(d)

Fol(s).: 93

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Regarding plans for a hospital and school in London for the benefit of people from Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire & Leicestershire

Incipit: A Year & Half is now...

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fol. 93v

William Godwin to Thomas Holcroft

Date written: 1 Jan. 1805

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 8

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 511

Fol(s).: 94-5

Document type: original, signed

Contents

On the recipient's neglect of Godwin in a toast

Mentions Colonel Harwood; Dr Buchan; [Anthony] Carlisle

Incipit: I trouble you with the following lines...

Note: See also a draft in MS. Abinger c. 18, fol. 42

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fol. 94r

fol. 95v

Thomas Holcroft to William Godwin

Date written: Wed., 2 Jan. 1805

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 8

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 511

Fol(s).: 96-7

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a toast Holcroft made

Incipit: I answer your letter...

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fol. 96r

fol. 97v

Richard Wroughton to William Godwin

Date dated: 27 Jan. 1805

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 8

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/1(j)

Fol(s).: 98-9

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a meeting with a theatre proprietor

Incipit: I am this Day to see the Proprietor...

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fol. 98r

fol. 99v

Richard Wroughton to [William Godwin]

Date dated: 16 Feb. 1805

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 8

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/1(j)

Fol(s).: 100

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a meeting with a theatre proprietor

Incipit: Do not think me inattentive or guilty of ill manners...

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fol. 100r

Elizabeth Inchbald to William Godwin

Date written: Tue., 19 Feb. [1805]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 8

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 509

Fol(s).: 101-2

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Kemble's performance in Inchbald's play [?'To Marry or Not to Marry' (1805)]

Mentions [?John Philip] Kemble

Incipit: Your congratulations are very...

Note: See also a Mary Shelley-era copy in MS. Abinger c. 53, fols. 60-1

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fol. 101r

fol. 101v

fol. 102r

fol. 102v

Thomas Holcroft to [William Godwin]

Date written: 28 Feb. [1805]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 8

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 511

Fol(s).: 103

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Breaking off relations with [Godwin]

Incipit: I write to inform you that instead...

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fol. 103r

[Elizabeth Inchbald] to William Godwin

Date written: Fri., 1 Mar. [1805]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 8

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 515

Fol(s).: 104-5

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

On reading Godwin's novel; not trusting secrets to married men

Incipit: I am just returned home...

Note: See also a Mary Shelley-era copy in MS. Abinger c. 53, fol. 73

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fol. 104r

fol. 104v

fol. 105v

[Elizabeth Inchbald] to [William Godwin]

Date written: Thur., 7 Mar. [1805]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 8

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 509

Fol(s).: 106-9

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

On the novel 'Fleetwood' (1805)

Mentions [John] Tobin or [James] Tobin

Incipit: I have this moment finished...

Note: See also a Mary Shelley-era copy in MS. Abinger c. 53, fols. 74-9

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fol. 106r

fol. 106v

fol. 107r

fol. 107v

fol. 108r

fol. 108v

fol. 109r

fol. 109v

William Godwin to Thomas Wedgwood

Date written: 25 Mar. 1805

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 8

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 513(a)

Fol(s).: 110-11

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Godwin's need for money; Godwin's 'History of England'

Incipit: I write this letter with great pain...

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fol. 110r

fol. 110v

fol. 111r

fol. 111v

J[ames] Wollstonecraft to William Godwin

Date written: 25 Mar. 1805

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 8

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/1(f)

Fol(s).: 112-13

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Asking Godwin to pay some of the correspondent's bills; financial arrangements

Mentions Charles [Wollstonecraft]; [Joseph] Johnson

Incipit: I arrived at Gravesend just in time...

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fol. 112r

fol. 112v

fol. 113r

fol. 113v

Thomas Wedgwood to William Godwin

Date written: 27 Mar. 1805

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 8

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 513(a)

Fol(s).: 114-15

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Sending money to Godwin; et al.

Mentions Mr Howship

Incipit: To get rid of business first...

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fol. 114r

fol. 115r

fol. 115v

Elizabeth Inchbald to William Godwin

Date written: Fri., 29 Mar. [1805]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 8

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 509

Fol(s).: 116-17

Document type: original, initialled

Contents

Concerning Inchbald sending her manuscript, unsolicited, to Godwin

Incipit: There are certain things...

Note: See also a Mary Shelley-era copy in MS. Abinger c. 54, fol. 1

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fol. 116r

fol. 116v

fol. 117r

fol. 117v

Elizabeth Inchbald to William Godwin

Date postmarked: 13 Apr. 1805

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 8

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 509

Fol(s).: 118-21

Document type: original, initialled

Contents

Concerning the manuscripts of Inchbald's novel "A Simple Story" (1791); Chapter listing of the second volume of "My Life"

Incipit: Like Lord Melville I have...

Note: See also a Mary Shelley-era copy in MS. Abinger c. 54, fols. 4-5

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fol. 118r

fol. 118v

fol. 119r

fol. 119v

fol. 120r

fol. 121v

[Elizabeth Inchbald] to [William Godwin]

Date written: [Apr.-May] [1805]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 9

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 509

Fol(s).: 1

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Concerning uncertainty over whether to publish a work; grammar

Incipit: If this whole work was burnt...

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fol. 1r

fol. 1v

Ann Godwin to William Godwin

Date written: 1 May 1805

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 9

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 516/1

Fol(s).: 2

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning family news

Mentions John [Godwin]; [Mary Jane Godwin]; Miss Woodhouse; Natty [Nathaniel Godwin]; Mr Benford; Joseph [Godwin]

Incipit: You & y[ou]r wife have been exceeding...

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fol. 2r

fol. 2v

P. Amphlett to William Godwin

Date written: 11 May 1805

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 9

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/1(e)

Fol(s).: 3-4

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Amphlett's critique of Godwin's novel 'Fleetwood'; et al.

Mentions [Samuel] Richardson;

Incipit: I received yours...

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fol. 3r

fol. 3v

fol. 4r

fol. 4v

Elizabeth Inchbald to William Godwin

Date written: Sat., 11 May [1805]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 9

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 509

Fol(s).: 5-6

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning grammar

Incipit: I found my parcel...

Note: See also a Mary Shelley-era copy in MS. Abinger c. 54, fols. 11

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fol. 5r

fol. 5v

fol. 6r

fol. 6v

Elizabeth Inchbald to William Godwin

Date written: Tue., 14 May [1805]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 9

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 509

Fol(s).: 7-8

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Inchbald's avoidance of society

Incipit: To any one who had...

Note: See also a Mary Shelley-era copy in MS. Abinger c. 54, fols. 12-13

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fol. 7r

fol. 7v

fol. 8r

fol. 8v

John Taylor to William Godwin

Date written: 20 [May] 1805

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 9

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/1(n)

Fol(s).: 9-10

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning family news; Godwin's 'History of England'

Mentions Edward [Taylor]; [Mary Jane] Godwin; [Richard] Phillips

Incipit: Whilst my Son Edward...

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fol. 9r

fol. 9v

fol. 10r

fol. 10v

John Horne Tooke to [William Godwin]

Date written: 1 June 1805

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 9

Former shelfmark: Dep.b.214/6(b)

Fol(s).: 11

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Invitation to dine

Mentions [Mary Jane] Godwin

Incipit: I beg my best respects to Mrs...

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fol. 11r

Capel Lofft to William Godwin

Date written: Sun., 9 June 1805

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 9

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 527(c)

Fol(s).: 12

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Lofft's reason for being in London; Godwin's novel 'Fleetwood' (1805); et al.

Mentions [Sarah] Lofft; Fanny [Lofft]; Sara [Lofft]; Laura [Lofft]; [?Thomas Clio] Rickman; Mr Gurrow; Gurney

Incipit: A cause of importance brings...

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fol. 12r

Capel Lofft to [William Godwin]

Date written: 11 June 1805

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 9

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/1(k)

Fol(s).: 13

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Arranging a meeting with Godwin; et al.

Mentions [Henry] Grattan; [?Samuel] Whitbread; [Thomas] Erskine

Incipit: I was just going out...

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fol. 13r

fol. 13v

Edw[?ard] Morris to [William Godwin]

Date written: 11 June [1805]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 9

Former shelfmark: Dep .b. 214/3

Fol(s).: 14

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Morris's opinion of Godwin's novel 'Fleetwood' (1805).

Incipit: I am very much flattered by your kind invitation...

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fol. 14r

Thomas Hodgkins to [William Godwin]

Date written: 12 June 1805

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 9

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/1(g)

Fol(s).: 15

Document type: original, signed

Contents

On the withholding of part of Hodgkins' salary

Incipit: As I could not spare time yesterday morning...

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fol. 15r

fol. 15v

Capel Lofft to William Godwin

Date written: 14 June 1805

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 9

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/1(k)

Fol(s).: 16

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Lofft's appointments while in London

Incipit: The Trial which had brought me to Town...

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fol. 16r

Joseph Planta to [William Godwin]

Date written: 15 June 1805

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 9

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 527(c)

Fol(s).: 17

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a request to deviate from Museum rules

Incipit: In answer to your favor...

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fol. 17r

fol. 17v

Thomas Clio Rickman to William Godwin

Date written: 18 June 1805

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 9

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 227/3(d)

Fol(s).: 18-19

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Rickman's opinion of Godwin's character

Mentions [Capel] Lofft

Incipit: I have seen Mr Lofft's...

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fol. 18r

fol. 18v

fol. 19r

fol. 19v

[William Godwin] to ?Thomas Clio Rickman

Date written: 19 June 1805

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 9

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 227/3(d)

Fol(s).: 19v

Document type: draft, in the hand of William Godwin

Contents

A response to an unfavourable letter from the recipient

Incipit: I consented to our personal...

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fol. 19v

Richard Phillips to William Godwin

Date written: 26 June 1805

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 9

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/2(c)

Fol(s).: 20-1

Document type: original, signed

Contents

On the use of the word 'compile' in publishing; Godwin's 'History of England'

Incipit: I still object to the word Compile...

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fol. 20r

fol. 20v

fol. 21r

fol. 21v

J[ames] W[ollstonecraft] to William Godwin

Date written: 3 July [1805]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 9

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 523

Fol(s).: 22-3

Document type: original, initialled

Contents

Concerning a journey to Jamaica; Jamaica's climate; et al.

Mentions Lord [Horatio] Nelson;

Incipit: Though we had a tolerable...

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fol. 22r

fol. 22v

fol. 23r

fol. 23v

M. R. Masters to William Godwin

Date written: 7 July 1805

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 9

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/1(h)

Fol(s).: 24-5

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Thanking Godwin after a recent visit to the Godwins' house; et al.

Mentions [Mary Jane] Godwin; Mrs Masters

Incipit: The very cordial reception...

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fol. 24r

fol. 24v

fol. 25r

fol. 25v

Ann Godwin to William Godwin

Date written: 8 July 1805

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 9

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 516/1

Fol(s).: 26

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a visit to Ann Godwin

Mentions Mr Jacob; Natty [Nathaniel Godwin]; Aunt Barker

Incipit: I have rec[eived]d your wifes kind letter [sic]...

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fol. 26r

fol. 26v

M. [R] Masters to [William Godwin]

Date written: Sun., 11 Aug. 1805

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 9

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/1(h)

Fol(s).: 27

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a visit to the Godwins

Mentions [Mary Jane] Godwin

Incipit: In sober truth...

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fol. 27r

fol. 27v

Josiah Wedgwood to [William Godwin]

Date written: 19 Aug. 1805

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 9

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 513(a)

Fol(s).: 28

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a loan, writing on behalf of [Thomas Wedgwood]

Incipit: I ought to have given...

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fol. 28r

fol. 28v

Ralph Fell to William Godwin

Date written: 24 Aug. 1805

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 9

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/8(c)

Fol(s).: 29r & 30v

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Requesting a loan from Godwin et al.

Incipit: The disappointment of...

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fol. 29r

fol. 30v

[William Godwin] to [Ralph Fell]

Date written: 25 Aug. 1805

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 9

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/8(c)

Fol(s).: 29v-30r

Document type: original or draft, unsigned

Contents

Recalling a loan Fell made to him previously; willingness to offer the loan Fell requested in letter of 24 Aug. 1805, inability to do so due to lack of money

Mentions [Sarah] Fell

Incipit: In answer to your...

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fol. 29v

fol. 30r

P. Amphlett to William Godwin

Date written: 4 Sept. 1805

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 9

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 514(a)

Fol(s).: 31-2

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Amphlett's critique of Godwin's 'Fleetwood' (1805)

Incipit: When I wrote to you a few months...

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fol. 31r

fol. 31v

fol. 32r

fol. 32v

[William Godwin] and [Mary Jane Godwin] to James Wollstonecraft

Date written: 5 Sept. 1805

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 9

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 227/3(a)

Fol(s).: 33-4

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Regarding care of the tenancies of the Primrose Street Houses and other financial affairs; continuation in the hand of Mary Jane Godwin concerning the opening of their shop; et al.

Mentions [James] Marshal [Marshall]; Everina [Wollstonecraft]; [Joseph] Johnson

Incipit: It gave us great pleasure to receive...

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fol. 33r

fol. 33v

fol. 34r

fol. 34v

Lydia Wollstonecraft to William Godwin

Date written: 10 Sept. 1805

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 9

Former shelfmark: Dep .b. 214/3

Fol(s).: 35-6

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the rents of houses in Primrose Street

Mentions James Wollstonecraft; Charles Wollstonecraft; [Joseph] Johnson; [?Daniel Isaac] Eaton

Incipit: In the last letter...

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fol. 35r

fol. 35v

fol. 36r

fol. 36v

Elizabeth Inchbald to [William Godwin]

Date dated: 18 Sept. 1805

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 9

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 509

Fol(s).: 37-8

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Inchbald's reasons for not renewing her acquaintance

Mentions Prince Hoare; Mr Edgeworth; [Amelia] Opie

Incipit: The moment I received...

Note: See also a Mary Shelley-era copy in MS. Abinger c. 54, fols. 14-15

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fol. 37r

fol. 37v

fol. 38r

fol. 38v

P[rince] Hoare to William Godwin

Date written: Wed., 18 Sept. [1805]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 9

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/1(e)

Fol(s).: 39-40

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Arranging an meeting with Godwin

Incipit: I am much gratified by...

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fol. 39r

fol. 39v

fol. 40v

Richard Wroughton to [William Godwin]

Date written: Thur., 19 Sept. 1805

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 9

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/1(j)

Fol(s).: 41

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Godwin's play

Incipit: These are puffs preliminaries...

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fol. 41r

John Fenwick to William Godwin

Date written: Sat., 21 Sept. [1805]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 9

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/8(f)

Fol(s).: 42-3

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Request for money to assist [Eliza] Fenwick; denies writing a critique for The Mirror

Incipit: I have this day recd....

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fol. 42r

fol. 42v

fol. 43r

fol. 43v

Mary Jane Godwin to [William Godwin]

Date dated: Sept. 1805

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 9

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 523

Fol(s).: 44

Document type: original, initialled

Contents

A reproach; anticipating [Godwin's] return home

Incipit: How cruel, how more than cruel...

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fol. 44r

fol. 44v

Alexi Eustaphieve to [William Godwin]

Date dated: 9 Oct. 1805

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 9

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/1(e)

Fol(s).: 45

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Seeking advice on writing

Incipit: You will receive this from a Russian...

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fol. 45r

fol. 45v

Richard Wroughton to William Godwin

Date written: 9 Oct. 1805

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 9

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/1(j)

Fol(s).: 46-7

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the acceptance of Godwin's play

Mentions the Young Roscius [William Betty]

Incipit: I am sorry at not being in the Way when you did me the Honour of calling...

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fol. 46r

fol. 47r

fol. 47v

William Godwin to Philip Hull Godwin

Date written: 17 Oct. 1805

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 9

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/9(c)

Fol(s).: 48 & 49v

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning an annuity for Ann Godwin (their mother); her health

Mentions Mr Sykes

Incipit: I am exceedingly gratified...

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fol. 48r

fol. 48v

Hannah Godwin to Philip Hull Godwin

Date written: [17] [Oct.] [1805]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 9

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/9(c)

Fol(s).: 49

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Requesting a copy of Henry's exposition of the bible or testament; domestic matters

Incipit: I have just sent to brother...

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fol. 49r

fol. 49v

Philip Hull Godwin to William Godwin

Date written: 22 Oct. 1805

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 9

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/9(e)

Fol(s).: 50

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning [Ann Godwin's] annuity

Mentions Sykes

Incipit: I'm according to your instruction...

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fol. 50r

fol. 50v

John Horne Tooke to William Godwin

Date written: 22 Oct. 1805

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 9

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/9(b)

Fol(s).: 51-2

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a prospective visit from Godwin

(Also includes notes on 16th century reformation history, and figures/sums in William Godwin's hand)

Mentions [Mary Jane] Godwin

Incipit: A letter from you...

Images

fol. 51r

fol. 51v

fol. 52v

Leonora Knapp to [William Godwin]

Date written: 10 Dec. 1805

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 9

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/1(g)

Fol(s).: 53

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the Edward Baldwin 'Fables'; offer to Godwin to stay in Knapp's house

Incipit: On my return the other day from a five-months excursion...

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fol. 53r

Anthony Carlisle to William Godwin

Date postmarked: 11 Dec. 1805

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 9

Former shelfmark: Dep .b. 214/3

Fol(s).: 54-5

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the health of Mrs Smith; additional note initialled by Mary Jane Godwin

(Also includes arithmetic and lists in William Godwin's hand)

Incipit: I went down to Telford...

Images

fol. 54r

fol. 54v

fol. 55r

fol. 55v

William Godwin to Philip Hull Godwin

Date written: 12 Dec. 1805

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 9

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/9(c)

Fol(s).: 56-7

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning an annuity for [Ann Godwin]; health of John [Godwin]

Mentions Mr Jacob

Incipit: I intended very early...

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fol. 56r

fol. 56v

fol. 57r

fol. 57v

Richard Wroughton to [William Godwin]

Date dated: 15 Dec. 1805

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 9

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/1(j)

Fol(s).: 58

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Arranging a meeting with Godwin about his play

Mentions the Young Roscius [William Betty]

Incipit: Unconscious of the...

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fol. 58r

Richard Wroughton to [William Godwin]

Date dated: 18 Dec. 1805

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 9

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/1(j)

Fol(s).: 59

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Godwin's play

Mentions the Young Roscius [William Betty]

Incipit: I read your Play this morning...

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fol. 59r

Josiah Wedgwood to [William Godwin]

Date written: 24 Dec. 1805

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 9

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 513(a)

Fol(s).: 60

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a loan, writing on behalf of [Thomas Wedgwood]

Incipit: I came to town yesterday...

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fol. 60r

Ralph Fell to [William Godwin]

Date written: 31 Dec. 1805

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 9

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/8(c)

Fol(s).: 61

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Request for interest of £100

Incipit: You owe the interest...

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fol. 61r

Capel Lofft to William Godwin

Date written: 20 ?June 1805

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 9

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/1(k)

Fol(s).: 62

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the integrity of a mutual acquaintance

Mentions [Henry] Grattan; [?Thomas Clio] Rickman

Incipit: Had I foreseen or...

Images

fol. 62r

fol. 62v

William Gudrews to [William Godwin]

Date written: Dec. 1805

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 9

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/1(e)

Fol(s).: 63r

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Requesting payment from [Godwin]

Incipit: I begg [sic] the Liberty of persenting [sic]...

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fol. 63r

[William Godwin] to ?Josiah Wedgwood

Date written: c. Dec. 1805

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 9

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/1(e)

Fol(s).: 63

Document type: draft, in the hand of William Godwin

Contents

Requesting money to pay a large bill

Incipit: I have a favour to request, which...

Images

fol. 63r

fol. 63v

Elizabeth Inchbald to William Godwin

Date written: [1805]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 9

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 509

Fol(s).: 64-5

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Thanking Godwin for his advice on one of Inchbald's works

Mentions [Richard] Cumberland

Incipit: I once again thank...

Note: See also a Mary Shelley-era copy in MS. Abinger c. 54, fols. 8-9

Images

fol. 64r

fol. 64v

fol. 65r

fol. 65v

Elizabeth Inchbald to William Godwin

Date written: Fri., c. 1805

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 9

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 509

Fol(s).: 66-7

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a book of Inchbald's

Incipit: There has & probably...

Note: See also a Mary Shelley-era copy in MS. Abinger c. 54, fol. 10

Images

fol. 66r

fol. 66v

fol. 67r

fol. 67v

? to [William Godwin]

Date written: c. 1805

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 9

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 532/3

Fol(s).: 68

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Fragment, concerning Godwin's novel 'Fleetwood' (1805)

Incipit: I know not how far you may read...

Images

fol. 68r

fol. 68v

Lydia Wollstonecraft to William Godwin

Date written: 1 Jan. 1806

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 9

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 523

Fol(s).: 69-70

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning financial support of Wollstonecraft

Mentions [Joseph] Johnson; Charles Wollstonecraft; Edward Wollstonecraft (junior) or Edward Wollstonecraft (senior); James Wollstonecraft; Fanny [Godwin]

Incipit: I received your very oblidging letter [sic]...

Images

fol. 69r

fol. 69v

fol. 70r

fol. 70v

Josiah Wedgwood to William Godwin

Date written: 12 Jan. 1806

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 9

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 513(a)

Fol(s).: 71-2

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Turning down Godwin's application for money; Wedgwood's borrowings

Incipit: I received your letter of the 10th...

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fol. 71r

fol. 71v

fol. 72v

William Godwin to Philip Hull Godwin

Date written: 16 Jan. 1806

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 9

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 508

Fol(s).: 73-4

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the imminent birth of [Hull] Godwin's child; financial arrangements; et al.

Mentions Mrs Benford; Mr Jacob; Lancaster; Sykes

Incipit: This letter, I suppose...

Images

fol. 73r

fol. 73v

fol. 74r

fol. 74v

Josiah Wedgwood to [William Godwin]

Date written: 16 Jan. 1806

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 9

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 228/3

Fol(s).: 75

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Regarding a request for money; inability to make an advance of money until after March

Incipit: I have received your letter of the 14th...

Images

fol. 75r

fol. 75v

Josiah Wedgwood to [William Godwin]

Date written: 21 Jan. 1806

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 9

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 507/12

Fol(s).: 76

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Offering [Godwin] the assistance he requires

Incipit: I have been prevented writing to you today...

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fol. 76r

Josiah Wedgwood to [William Godwin]

Date written: 23 Jan. 1806

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 9

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/5(a)

Fol(s).: 77

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a loan

Incipit: I send you a check to bearer...

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fol. 77r

fol. 77v

Richard Wroughton to [William Godwin]

Date written: 27 Jan. 1806

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 9

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 525/3

Fol(s).: 78

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a visit to Wroughton

Incipit: I am sorry that I was not...

Image

fol. 78r

Hull Godwin to William Godwin

Date written: 9 Feb. 1806

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 9

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 508

Fol(s).: 79

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Hull Godwin's new daughter

Mentions [Ann Godwin]

Incipit: According to your request...

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fol. 79r

fol. 79v

Josiah Wedgwood to [William Godwin]

Date written: 14 Feb. 1806

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 9

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/5(a)

Fol(s).: 80

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the security on a loan

Incipit: I am sorry I did not express myself clearly...

Images

fol. 80r

fol. 80v

Hannah Godwin to William Godwin

Date postmarked: 15 Feb. 1806

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 9

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 508

Fol(s).: 81-2

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the care of [Ann Godwin]

Incipit: I did not write to our...

Images

fol. 81r

fol. 81v

fol. 82r

fol. 82v

Hannah Godwin to William Godwin

Date postmarked: 18 Feb. 1806

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 9

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 508

Fol(s).: 83-4

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning inheritance; et al.

Mentions [Philip] Hull Godwin; [Ann Godwin]; Joseph [Godwin]; Natt [Nathaniel Godwin]

Incipit: When I was about to leave...

Images

fol. 83r

fol. 83v

fol. 84r

fol. 84v

William Parker to [William Godwin]

Date written: 23 Feb. 1806

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 9

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 527(c)

Fol(s).: 85

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Godwin's novel 'Fleetwood' (1805)

Incipit: Though a stranger to your person...

Images

fol. 85r

fol. 85v

Everina Wollstonecraft to William Godwin

Date written: 24 Feb. 1806

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 9

Former shelfmark: Dep .b. 214/3

Fol(s).: 86-7

Document type: original, initialled

Contents

Concerning Everina and her sister's income; Eliza Bishop's health; death of James [Wollstonecraft]

(Also includes a chapter list and arithmetic in William Godwin's hand)

Mentions [Thomas] Cooper; Charles [Wollstonecraft]

Incipit: I have allowed two...

Images

fol. 86r

fol. 86v

fol. 87r

fol. 87v

Josiah Wedgwood to William Godwin

Date written: 25 Feb. 1806

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 9

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 513(a)

Fol(s).: 88-9

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning interest on a loan; inclosing a draft

Incipit: I received your letter of the 19th...

Images

fol. 88r

fol. 89v

W.R. Wake to William Godwin

Date written: Wed., 26 Feb. 1806

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 9

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 527(c)

Fol(s).: 90-1

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Wake's trial

Mentions the Bishop of London [Beilby Porteus]

Incipit: I am very much obliged by the...

Images

fol. 90r

fol. 90v

fol. 91r

fol. 91v

Richard Wroughton to [William Godwin]

Date dated: 6 Mar. 1806

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 9

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 525/3

Fol(s).: 92

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Concerning a new Tragedy; sketch on verso

Incipit: Mr Wroughton called...

Images

fol. 92r

fol. 92v

Richard Sharp to William Godwin

Date written: 15 Apr. 1806

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 9

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 527(c)

Fol(s).: 93-4

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Declining to assist Godwin with a loan

Incipit: Your letter of this day has given...

Images

fol. 93r

fol. 94v

Richard Sharp to William Godwin

Date written: 18 Apr. 1806

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 9

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 527(c)

Fol(s).: 95-6

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Explaining why Sharp declined to assist Godwin

Incipit: I am very sorry that you should have...

Images

fol. 95r

fol. 96v

Francis Burdett to William Godwin

Date postmarked: 21 Apr. 1806

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 9

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 227/3(d)

Fol(s).: 97r & 98v

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Regarding Burdett's inability to lend Godwin money immediately

Incipit: You will not perhaps be...

Images

fol. 97r

fol. 98v

[William Godwin] to [Francis Burdett]

Date written: n.d.

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 9

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 227/3(d)

Fol(s).: 97

Document type: draft, in the hand of William Godwin

Contents

Thanking Burdett for the promise of money some months hence

Incipit: The [?earliness], the...

Images

fol. 97r

fol. 97v

Sarah Fell to [William Godwin]

Date written: 23 Apr. 1806

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 9

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/8(c)

Fol(s).: 99

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Asking for help finding work for [Ralph] Fell

Mentions [Richard] Phillips

Incipit: Mr Phillips has promised...

Image

fol. 99r

P[rince] Hoare to William Godwin

Date postmarked: 30 Apr. 1806

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 9

Former shelfmark: Dep.b.214/6(a)

Fol(s).: 100-1

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Hoare's inability to meet Godwin

Mentions [John Horne] Tooke; [Mary Jane] Godwin

Incipit: Your card which I find...

Images

fol. 100r

fol. 101r

fol. 101v

Francis Burdett to William Godwin

Date postmarked: 2 May 1806

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 9

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 527(c)

Fol(s).: 102-3

Document type: original, signed

Contents

On Burdett's willingness to act as security for Godwin

Incipit: I wish you could contrive to call...

Images

fol. 102r

fol. 103v

[-] Moore to William Godwin

Date written: 8 May 1806

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 9

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 527(c)

Fol(s).: 104

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Accepting a dinner invitation from Godwin

Incipit: Mr Moore accepts...

Note: Possibly from Thomas Moore

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fol. 104r

[Mary Jane Godwin] to William Godwin

Date postmarked: 2 June [180]6

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 9

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 523

Fol(s).: 105-6

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Concerning a journey to visit [Charlotte] Smith; details of a publication

Mentions the Harris family

Incipit: We arrived here my dearest about 5...

Images

fol. 105r

fol. 105v

fol. 106r

fol. 106v

William Godwin to Charlotte Smith

Date written: 6 June 1806

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 9

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 227/3(a)

Fol(s).: 107-8

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Regarding some missing letters Godwin has sent to [Mary Jane] Godwin; et al.

Incipit: Excuse my troubling...

Images

fol. 107r

fol. 107v

fol. 108r

fol. 108v

Mary Jane Godwin to William Godwin

Date postmarked: 7 June 1806

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 9

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 523

Fol(s).: 109-10

Document type: original, initialled

Contents

Concerning a meeting between the Godwins

Mentions Mr Newnham or [?John] Newnham; [Charlotte] Smith; William [Godwin (junior)]; Mrs Mulready; Fanny [Godwin]; H[arriet] Smith; Charles [Clairmont]; Mary [Shelley]

Incipit: I sent you a hasty line last evening...

Images

fol. 109r

fol. 109v

fol. 110r

fol. 110v

Mary Jane Godwin to William Godwin

Date postmarked: 9 June 1806

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 9

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 523

Fol(s).: 111

Document type: original, initialled

Contents

Concerning a proposed meeting at Wimbledon; travel plans; et al.

Mentions [Charlotte] Smith; [?James] Perry

Incipit: Your letter of yesterday would have been...

Images

fol. 111r

fol. 111v

Mary Jane Godwin to William Godwin

Date postmarked: 11 June 1806

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 9

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 523

Fol(s).: 112-13

Document type: original, initialled

Contents

Concerning travel plans; et al.

Mentions Mrs Newhouse; [Charlotte] Smith; Mr Newnham or [?John] Newnham; Miss Hart; [?Harriet] Smith; [John Horne] Tooke; Fanny [Godwin]

Incipit: Tis no use my love...

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fol. 112r

fol. 112v

fol. 113r

fol. 113v

Mary Jane Godwin to William Godwin

Date written: Mon., [June 1806]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 9

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 523

Fol(s).: 114-15

Document type: original, initialled

Contents

Concerning the dullness of a previous letter; seeking news from home; et al.

Mentions Fanny [Godwin]; Charles [Clairmont]; Mr Hawthorne; [Charlotte] Smith; Mrs Scott

Incipit: I wrote you a dull and sleepy...

Images

fol. 114r

fol. 114v

fol. 115r

fol. 115v

Everina Wollstonecraft to William Godwin

Date written: 15 July [1806]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 9

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/1(f)

Fol(s).: 116-17

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the health of [Eliza Bishop]; et al.

(Also includes legal notes in William Godwin's hand)

Mentions Fanny [Godwin]

Incipit: I am very happy to have it in my power...

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fol. 116r

fol. 116v

fol. 117r

fol. 117v

Richard Phillips to William Godwin

Date written: 25 Aug. 1806

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 10

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 527(c)

Fol(s).: 1

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Concerning repayment of a loan to Godwin

Incipit: Mr Phillips wonders that he...

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fol. 1r

William Cullen Brown to William Godwin

Date written: 1 Sept. 1806

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 10

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 527(c)

Fol(s).: 2-3

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Explaining Brown's failure to respond to an invitation; request for a loan

Mentions [Mary Jane] Godwin; Dr [?John] Harness; Dr G[eorge] Pearson; Mr Wilkie

Incipit: I know no task that...

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fol. 2r

fol. 2v

fol. 3r

fol. 3v

John P. Binham to [William Godwin]

Date written: Tue., 9 Sept. 1806

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 10

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 527(c)

Fol(s).: 4

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Binham's position with [?Richard] Phillips

Incipit: The manner with me in all...

Images

fol. 4r

fol. 4v

Richard Taylor to [William Godwin]

Date written: 12 Sept. 1806

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 10

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 527(d)

Fol(s).: 5

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a cash order

Mentions [John Taylor]; [Susanna Taylor]

Incipit: You will receive inclosed a Cash...

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fol. 5r

Richard Wroughton to [William Godwin]

Date written: Thur., 18 Sept. 1806

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 10

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/1(j)

Fol(s).: 6

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning [Godwin's] play

Mentions the Young Roscius [William Betty]

Incipit: I wish it was in my Power to answer your Letter fully...

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fol. 6r

Francis Burdett to William Godwin

Date dated: 24 Oct. 1806

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 10

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 527(c)

Fol(s).: 7-8

Document type: original, signed

Contents

On Burdett's inability to assist Godwin in the way Godwin wishes

Incipit: It is totally impossible for me...

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fol. 7r

fol. 8v

Josiah Wedgwood to William Godwin

Date written: 29 Oct. 1806

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 10

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 513(a)

Fol(s).: 9-10

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Godwin's commercial speculations; the repayment of Wedgwood's loan; et al.

Incipit: I have great pleasure in learning that your...

Images

fol. 9r

fol. 9v

fol. 10v

William Jones Burdett to William Godwin

Date written: 31 Oct. 1806

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 10

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 527(c)

Fol(s).: 11-12

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a Bill

Mentions Sir Francis Burdett

Incipit: By the desire of S[i]r Francis Burdett...

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fol. 11r

fol. 12v

[?Hans Blackwood] to William Godwin

Date written: 5 Nov. 1806

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 10

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 227/3(d)

Fol(s).: 13-14

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Explanation of the author's inability to loan Godwin money; experiences in Ireland; Irish politicians

Mentions [Mary Jane] Godwin

Incipit: Your letter should not...

Note: Possibly from Sir Henry Blackwood

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fol. 13r

fol. 13v

fol. 14r

fol. 14v

Lord Lauderdale, James Maitland to [William Godwin]

Date dated: 16 Nov. 1806

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 10

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/8(d)

Fol(s).: 15-16

Document type: original, signed

Contents

?Godwin's plans

Incipit: You are perfectly correct in thinking...

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fol. 15r

fol. 15v

fol. 16r

fol. 16v

Samuel Rogers to William Godwin

Date written: 18 Nov. [1806]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 10

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 527(c)

Fol(s).: 17-18

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a loan to Godwin

Incipit: I lament exceedingly...

Images

fol. 17r

fol. 18v

[William Godwin] to James Marshall

Date written: 2 Dec. 1806

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 10

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 227/3(a)

Fol(s).: 19

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Concerning a 'History of English Literature'; et al.

Incipit: I inclose the sketch I proposed...

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fol. 19r

fol. 19v

Richard Phillips to William Godwin

Date written: 8 Dec. 1806

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 10

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 527(c)

Fol(s).: 20-1

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Concerning a publication-related proposal from Godwin

Incipit: Mr Phillips wishes Mr Godwin...

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fol. 20r

fol. 21v

Richard Wroughton to [William Godwin]

Date written: 23 Dec. 1806

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 10

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/1(j)

Fol(s).: 22

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning [Godwin's] play

Mentions Mr Graham; [William] Betty

Incipit: I shewed your Letter to...

Image

fol. 22r

Richard Phillips to William Godwin

Date written: 1 Jan. 1807

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 10

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 527(c)

Fol(s).: 23-4

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning payment for a work

Incipit: It is a sine qua non...

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fol. 23r

fol. 24v

Richard Wroughton to [William Godwin]

Date written: 5 Feb. 1807

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 10

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/1(j)

Fol(s).: 25

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a play

Mentions the Young Roscius [William Betty]; Mr Graham

Incipit: I read to you Mr. Graham's...

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fol. 25r

Richard Phillips to [William Godwin]

Date written: 18 Feb. 1807

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 10

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 527(c)

Fol(s).: 26

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a proposed new agreement

Incipit: Your qualified admissions of the...

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fol. 26r

Richard Taylor to William Godwin

Date written: 2 Mar. 1807

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 10

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 527(c)

Fol(s).: 27-8

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the discounting of a note

(Also includes notes (arithmetic) in William Godwin's hand)

Mentions [John Taylor]; Miss [?Leonora] Knapp

Incipit: I have rec[eive]d an answer to what...

Images

fol. 27r

fol. 27v

fol. 28v

Capel Lofft to William Godwin

Date written: 2 Mar. 1807

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 10

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 527(c)

Fol(s).: 29-30

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Lofft's journey from Somers Town to Suffolk; a conversation with a soldier; music; et al.

Mentions [Mary Jane] Godwin; Miss Colnet; Mrs Smith; [Amelia] Opie; Mrs Hamilton; Mrs Green; [?Samuel] Whitbread

Incipit: I wrote to thank you for...

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fol. 29r

fol. 29v

fol. 30r

fol. 20v

Capel Lofft to William Godwin

Date written: Thur., 19 Mar. 1807

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 10

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 527(c)

Fol(s).: 31-2

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Charlotte Smith's portrait; publication matters for [Mary Jane] Godwin; et al.

(Also includes page references, in William Godwin's hand)

Mentions [Sarah] Lofft; Mr Cooper; [?William] Hayley; Lord Egremont [George] Wyndham; [George] Romney; [Thomas] Holcroft; Miss Nelson; Mr Puziey; Jane [?Claire Clairmont]

Incipit: I received yours & Mrs Godwin's Letter...

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fol. 32r

fol. 32v

Richard Phillips to William Godwin

Date written: 2 Apr. 1807

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 10

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 527(c)

Fol(s).: 33

Document type: orignal, unsigned

Contents

On procuring books for Godwin

Mentions Mr Robinson

Incipit: Mr Phillips is much vexed at...

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fol. 33v

William Wordsworth to [William Godwin]

Date dated: 21 Apr. 1807

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 10

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 516/6

Fol(s).: 34

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Extending an invitation to dine

Mentions [Mary] Wordsworth; [Sara] Hutchinson

Incipit: First let me thank you for your...

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John Philpot Curran to William Godwin

Date written: 23 Apr. [1807]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 10

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 507/1

Fol(s).: 35-6

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the death of Curran's mother; Curran's domestic situation; the political situation

Incipit: I this moment got your last...

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fol. 35v

fol. 36v

Henry Vassall Fox to [William Godwin]

Date received: 6 May 1807

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 10

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/8(e)

Fol(s).: 37-8

Document type: original, signed

Contents

On his patronage of Godwin; difficulties caused by the dissolution of Parliament

Mentions [John Philpot] Curran

Incipit: Mr Curran did me no more than...

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fol. 37v

fol. 38r

fol. 38v

Lord Holland, [Henry Vassall Fox] to [William Godwin]

Date written: 11 May 1807

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 10

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/8(e)

Fol(s).: 39-40

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Notice of payment of loan to Godwin; attempts to raise money from Fox's friends et al.

Mentions the Duke of Devonshire [William] Cavendish; Lord [Peter] Cowper

Incipit: 150 £L will be placed...

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fol. 39v

Lord Holland [Henry Vassall Fox] to William Godwin

Date written: 21 May 1807

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 10

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/8(e)

Fol(s).: 41-2

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the loans he has arranged for Godwin

Incipit: You do very right...

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fol. 41v

fol. 42v

M.C. Springsguth to William Godwin

Date written: Mon., 1 June [1807]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 10

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 527(c)

Fol(s).: 43

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Springsguth's arrest for debt; et al.

(Also includes sums and names in William Godwin's hand)

Mentions Mr Fletcher; Mr Heath; Mr Slopes; Mr Hayward

Incipit: I think it my duty...

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fol. 43v

William Nicholson to William Godwin

Date written: 4 June 1807

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 10

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 527(c)

Fol(s).: 44-5

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a security; et al.

Mentions Mr [?Alexander] Baring

Incipit: I think the Time...

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fol. 44v

fol. 45v

Everina Wollstonecraft to William Godwin

Date written: 8 July 1807

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 10

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/1(f)

Fol(s).: 46-7

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Everina Wollstonecraft's conduct towards Godwin; the use of the income of the Wollstonecraft family estate

Mentions [Joseph] Johnson; Charles [Wollstonecraft]; [Eliza Bishop]; Fanny [Godwin]; Mrs Snagg

Incipit: The letter you wrote to me last April...

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fol. 46v

fol. 47r

fol. 47v

Everina Wollstonecraft to William Godwin

Date written: 17 July 1807

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 10

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/6

Fol(s).: 48

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Family news

[Eliza Bishop]; Mrs Bowan; Charles [Wollstonecraft]

Incipit: [M]y sister and I, Mr Godwin...

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fol. 48v

S[?amuel] Whitbread to [William Godwin]

Date written: 24 July 1807

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 10

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 527(c)

Fol(s).: 49

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Turning down a request for assistance

Incipit: I have received the favour of your...

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Luke White to [William Godwin]

Date written: 25 July 1807

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 10

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 527(c)

Fol(s).: 50

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a loan of £200

Incipit: From the length of time...

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William Godwin to William Hazlitt

Date written: 4 Aug. 1807

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 10

Former shelfmark: Dep.b.214/6(b)

Fol(s).: 51-2

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Hazlitt's response to Malthus

Incipit: I have read a great part of your..

Note: See also a draft of this letter in MS. Abinger c. 19, fol. 3

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fol. 52v

William Hazlitt to William Godwin

Date postmarked: 6 Aug. 1807

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 10

Former shelfmark: Dep.b.214/6(b)

Fol(s).: 53-4

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Hazlitt's response to Malthus; defence of Coleridge and Wordsworth

Incipit: I am sorry I inserted the passage...

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fol. 53v

fol. 54r

fol. 54v

Josiah Wedgwood to William Godwin

Date written: 21 Oct. 1807

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 10

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 513(a)

Fol(s).: 55 & 56v

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a loan to Godwin

Incipit: I have been very much engaged of late...

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fol. 55v

fol. 56v

[William Godwin] to [Josiah Wedgwood]

Date written: n.d.

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 10

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 513(a)

Fol(s).: 55v-56r

Document type: draft, in the hand of William Godwin

Contents

Concerning business affairs; a loan

Mentions [Joseph] Johnson

Incipit: Every letter I received from you...

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fol. 56r

? to [William Godwin]

Date written: 20 Feb. 1808

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 10

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 607/2

Fol(s).: 57

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Concerning the creation of a universal gazetteer and geography guide

Mentions [Richard] Philips [Phillips]

Incipit: It has just struck me that an...

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fol. 57v

[William Godwin] to James Marshall

Date written: Sat., 19 Mar. [1808]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 10

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/5

Fol(s).: 58

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Concerning subscriptions

Mentions [Joseph] Johnson

Incipit: I have seen Johnson...

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Matthew Raine to [William Godwin]

Date written: 12 Apr. 1808

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 10

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/1(o)

Fol(s).: 59-60

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Charterhouse school rules

Mentions [Charles] Clairmont

Incipit: It may spare you and myself some trouble...

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fol. 59v

fol. 60r

Richard Phillips to [William Godwin]

Date written: 18 Apr. 1808

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 10

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 527(c)

Fol(s).: 61

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning payment for a work

Incipit: On referring to our agreement...

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fol. 61v

Charles Clairmont and [Mary Jane Godwin] to William Godwin

Date written: Fri., 6 May 1808

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 10

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/1(o)

Fol(s).: 62-3

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a family visit to Hampstead Heath; postscript in hand of Mary Jane Godwin

Mentions Mr and Mrs Mulready; Mrs and Miss Dawe; Linnel; Capell Lofft [Capel Lofft]

Incipit: Mamma has got franks for...

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fol. 62v

fol. 63r

fol. 63v

William Godwin to [-] Ash

Date written: 21 May 1808

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 10

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/6

Fol(s).: 64-5

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a long-lasting medical complaint

Mentions Dr [Edward] Ash

Incipit: Upon reflection I deem...

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fol. 65v

George Tuthill to [William Godwin]

Date written: 25 May 1808

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 10

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 527(c)

Fol(s).: 66

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a return on a loan

Incipit: I have one simple reason for not...

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fol. 66v

[William Godwin] to James Marshall

Date written: 11 June 1808

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 10

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/5

Fol(s).: 67

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Concerning Godwin's wish to know the minds of [Charles] Grey, Bedford [John] Russell, et al.

Mentions [Charles] Fox

Incipit: By all means begin with Fox's men...

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fol. 67v

George Tuthill to [William Godwin]

Date written: 25 June 1808

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 10

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 527(c)

Fol(s).: 68

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Seeking a return on a loan

Incipit: By the sale of a small parcel of books...

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fol. 68v

William Godwin to John Rickman

Date written: 27 June 1808

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 10

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 663/4

Fol(s).: 69-72

Document type: original, signed

Contents

On Godwin's financial situation; plan of opening a shop; writing children's books under a pseudonym; et al.

Mentions [Josiah] Wedgwood or [Thomas] Wedgwood; [Joseph] Johnson; [Charles] Lamb; Lord Lauderdale, [James] Maitland; Lord Holland, [Henry Vassall] Fox; [Henry] Grattan; W[?illiam] Smith; R[ichard] Sharp

Incipit: I write to you on the subject of this...

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fol. 70r

fol. 70v

fol. 71r

fol. 71v

fol. 72v

John Rickman to William Godwin

Date written: 28 June 1808

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 10

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 527(c)

Fol(s).: 73-4

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a loan to Godwin

Incipit: Such a Letter as I have received...

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fol. 73v

fol. 74v

Eliza Fenwick to William Godwin and Mary Jane Godwin

Date written: 17 Nov. 1808

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 10

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 527(c)

Fol(s).: 75-6

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the 'Castle of Indolence'; a theatre job for Eliza [Fenwick's daughter]; et al.

Mentions Sir Richard [Phillips]; Mr Skinner; Eliza [Fenwick]; Stephen Kemble; Lord Donnegal, [George] Chichester; [Montague] Talbot; Mrs Ward; [Archibald] Hamilton Rowan; Mr Cunningham Grey

Incipit: Many thanks for the...

Note: Letter addressed (on address leaf) to J[ohn] Knowles

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fol. 76r

fol. 76v

William Godwin to [?] Coffee

Date written: 28 Nov. 1808

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 10

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 229/4(a)

Fol(s).: 77

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning ?gardening

Incipit: I must beg you would...

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fol. 77r

fol. 77v

[William Godwin] to James Marshall

Date written: Thur., 9 June ?1808

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 10

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/5

Fol(s).: 78-9

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Concerning Godwin's wish to know the minds of Lord [Charles] Grey, the duke of Bedford [John] Russell, the duke of Norfolk [Bernard] Howard, Coke of Norfolk [Thomas] Coke, et al.; subscriptions

Mentions [Joseph] Johnson

Incipit: Once again I trouble you...

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fol. 79r

fol. 79v

Charles Clairmont to William Godwin

Date written: ?7 ?Apr. ?1808

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 10

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 515

Fol(s).: 80-1

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Clairmont's school master Watkinson

Also includes editor's comment in the hand of ?Mary Jane Godwin

Incipit: I have this evening been to find out...

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fol. 80v

fol. 81r

fol. 81v

Thomas Turner to [William Godwin]

Date written: 14 Jan. 1809

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 10

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 525/5

Fol(s).: 82

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Turner's absence

Incipit: The point upon which we separated...

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Elizabeth Inchbald to William Godwin

Date written: 9 Feb. 1809

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 10

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 509

Fol(s).: 83-4

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Critiquing a work of Godwin's; Inchbald's respect for the mind over the body

Incipit: To have a proof of your...

Note: See also a Mary Shelley-era copy in MS. Abinger c. 54, fols. 21-2

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fol. 83v

fol. 84r

fol. 84v

William Godwin to John Fairly [Fairley]

Date written: 15 May 1809

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 10

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 228/7

Fol(s).: 85-6

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a parcel for Arnot; Arnot's plans for publication

(Also includes notes (arithmetic) in ?William Godwin's hand and is endorsed in an unknown hand)

Mentions [John] Arnot or [H.R.] Arnot

Incipit: I inclose this time to you in Mr. Arnot's parcel...

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fol. 85v

fol. 86v

Thomas Turner to [William Godwin]

Date dated: 8 June 1809

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 10

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 525/5

Fol(s).: 87

Document type: original, signed

Contents

On discipline and respect

Mentions [Michel] Montaigne

Incipit: Your books have often been a great...

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Thomas Turner to William Godwin

Date dated: 24 June 1809

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 10

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 525/5

Fol(s).: 88-9

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a disagreement

Incipit: I am sorry to derange the order of...

Note: See also a copy in MS. Abinger c. 52, fol. 1

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fol. 88v

fol. 89r

fol. 89v

Thomas Turner to [William Godwin]

Date written: 26 June 1809

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 10

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 525/5

Fol(s).: 90

Document type: original, signed

Contents

On a prospective visit

Incipit: You have soothed and agitated...

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Thomas Turner to [William Godwin]

Date written: 29 June 1809

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 10

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 525/5

Fol(s).: 91

Document type: original, signed

Contents

On wisdom; et al.

Incipit: You play upon me...

Note: See also a copy in MS. Abinger c. 52, fol. 1

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William Godwin to John Fairly [Fairley]

Date written: 28 July 1809

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 10

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 228/7

Fol(s).: 92-3

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a publishing agreement Godwin has made

(Also includes an endorsement in an unknown hand)

Mentions Mr Berry or [Alexander] Berry; [John] Arnot or [H.R.] Arnot; [Mary Jane] Godwin; [Walter] Miller; Morison

Incipit: I feel most essentially...

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fol. 92v

fol. 93r

fol. 93v

[?] Richardson to William Godwin

Date written: Tue., 20 Sept. 1809

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 10

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 229/2(a)

Fol(s).: 94

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Fragment concerning the ?return of Richardson's version of the Bible which she left with Godwin

(Also includes arithmetic and dates and a list of Godwin's addresses in William Godwin's hand)

Incipit: Mrs Richardson presents...

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fol. 94v

Samuel Parr to William Godwin

Date written: 29 Oct. [180?0]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 10

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 514(a)

Fol(s).: 95

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Concerning a parcel

Incipit: Dr. Parr presents respectful...

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fol. 95v

Francis Wrangham to William Godwin

Date written: 8 Mar. 1810

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 10

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 514(a)

Fol(s).: 96-7

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Baldwin's 'History of Rome'; plans for further publications by Baldwin

(Also includes notes (arithmetic) in William Godwin's hand)

Incipit: Observing that Mr. Baldwin's...

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fol. 96v

fol. 97r

fol. 97v

P[rince] Hoare to William Godwin

Date written: Thur., 12 July [1810]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 10

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 515

Fol(s).: 98-9

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Godwin's view of Hoare's character; Godwin's independence of mind; a loan

Incipit: I have reason to be gratified...

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fol. 98v

fol. 99r

fol. 99v

[?Samuel] Blackhall to [William Godwin]

Date written: 25 Oct. 1810

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 10

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 227/3(d)

Fol(s).: 100-1

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning college costs for a sizar at Cambridge; Cambridge University procedures

Mentions ?Proctor Patrickson; Watkinson

Incipit: I avail myself of...

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fol. 100r

fol. 100v

fol. 101r

fol. 101v

C. Mathews to [William Godwin]

Date written: 29 Nov. 1810

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 10

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/1(q)

Fol(s).: 102

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning an invitation

Mentions [?Thomas] Cooper

Incipit: I should have sent an...

Note: C Mathews possibly Charles Mathews

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fol. 102v

Richard Cumberland to [William Godwin]

Date dated: 30 Nov. 1810

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 10

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/6

Fol(s).: 103

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Confirming an appointment

Incipit: I will wait on you with great pleasure...

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William Godwin to Proctor Patrickson

Date written: 18 Dec. 1810

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 10

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 228/8

Fol(s).: 104-5

Document type: original, signed

Contents

On Patrickson's performance in Emmanuel College

Incipit: I was much gratified with the minuteness & details of your letter...

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fol. 104v

fol. 105r

fol. 105v

William Godwin to John Fairley or Walter Miller

Date written: 24 Dec. 1810

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 10

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 227/3(a)

Fol(s).: 106-7

Document type: original or fair copy, signed

Contents

A statement from Godwin requesting restitution of a debt owed by the estate of Mr. Morison, bookseller, Perth

(Also includes an endorsement in an unknown hand)

Incipit: On the 14th of January 1808 I shipped...

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fol. 106v

fol. 107v

[-] Malone to William Godwin

Date written: 30 Dec. 1810

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 10

Former shelfmark: Dep.b.214/6(a)

Fol(s).: 108-9

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Arranging a meeting with Godwin

(Also includes notes in an unknown hand)

Incipit: Mr Malone presents his compliments to...

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fol. 109v

William Godwin and Mary Jane Godwin to John Fairly [Fairley]

Date written: 24 Jan. 1811

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 10

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 228/7

Fol(s).: 110-11

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Godwin's financial situation; postscript signed by M.J. Godwin

(Also includes an endorsement in an unknown hand)

Mentions Hepburn; Walter Miller

Incipit: I write to you now in...

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fol. 110v

fol. 111r

fol. 111v

William Godwin and [Mary Jane Godwin] to John Fairly [Fairley]

Date postmarked: 23 Feb. 1811

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 10

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 228/7

Fol(s).: 112-13

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a [?loan] from Mr Hepburn of Edinburgh; postscript in the hand of M.J. Godwin

(Also includes an endorsement in an unknown hand)

Mentions Mr Dallas

Incipit: I never was more obliged to...

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fol. 112r

fol. 112v

fol. 113r

fol. 113v

Jennyngs Stukeley [Percy Bysshe Shelley] to [William Godwin]

Date written: [Feb.-Mar.] [1811]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 10

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 766/2

Fol(s).: 114

Document type: original or fair copy, in the hand of Percy Bysshe Shelley

Contents

[Spoof letter] enclosing a heart full of reasoning

Incipit: Altho' unacquainted with you...

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fol. 114r

fol. 114v

William Godwin to John Fairly [Fairley]

Date written: 2 Mar. 1811

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 10

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 228/7

Fol(s).: 115-16

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Godwin's financial situation

(Also includes an endorsement in an unknown hand)

Mentions [Mary Jane] Godwin; Mr Hepburn

Incipit: I retract my accusation contained in my last letter...

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fol. 115r

fol. 115v

fol. 116r

fol. 116v

William Godwin to John Fairly [Fairley]

Date written: 9 Mar. 1811

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 11

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 228/7

Fol(s).: 1-2

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Godwin's financial situation

(Also includes an endorsement in an unknown hand)

Mentions Hepburn; Mr Dallas; Fraser;

Incipit: I am now in the habit of writing to you every Saturday...

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fol. 1r

fol. 1v

fol. 2r

fol. 2v

William Godwin to Richard Cumberland

Date written: 16 Mar. 1811

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 11

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 602

Fol(s).: 3-4

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Inviting Cumberland to a dinner party

Mentions [Henry] Grattan; [Samuel Taylor] Coleridge

Incipit: Mr. Godwin & Mr. Coleridge...

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fol. 3r

fol. 4v

William Godwin to John Fairly [Fairley]

Date written: 23 Mar. 1811

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 11

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 228/7

Fol(s).: 5-6

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the character of Godwin's agent; et al.

(Also includes an endorsement in an unknown hand)

Mentions Mr Dallas; Mr Hepburn; Fraser

Incipit: I am sorry for the account ...

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fol. 5r

fol. 5v

fol. 6v

Thomas Cooper to William Godwin

Date written: 27 Mar. 1811

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 11

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/1(a) (fasc 2)

Fol(s).: 7-8

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the sale of Godwin's books

Incipit: a good many booksellers & should I have it in my power...

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fol. 7r

fol. 8v

Thomas Cooper to William Godwin

Date written: 6 Apr. 1811

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 11

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/1(a) (fasc 2)

Fol(s).: 9-10

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Cooper's acting

Mentions [?George Frederick] Cooke; Mr Price

Incipit: By the Herald which...

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fol. 9r

fol. 10v

William Godwin to John Fairly [Fairley]

Date written: 6 Apr. 1811

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 11

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 228/7

Fol(s).: 11-12

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Godwin's financial situation

(Also includes an endorsement in an unknown hand)

Mentions Mr Dallas; Hepburn

Incipit: Another fortnight will have elapsed...

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fol. 11r

fol. 11v

fol. 12r

fol. 12v

Thomas Turner to [William Godwin]

Date dated: 12 Apr. 1811

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 11

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 525/5

Fol(s).: 13

Document type: original, initialled

Contents

On Turner's wellbeing; et al.

Incipit: I am very much affected by your kind...

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fol. 13r

fol. 13v

William Godwin to John Fairly [Fairely]

Date written: 17 Apr. 1811

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 11

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 228/7

Fol(s).: 14-15

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Godwin's financial situation

(Also includes an endorsement in an unknown hand)

Mentions Mr Hepburn; Mr Dallas

Incipit: The letter you wrote me last week is skilfully composed...

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fol. 14r

fol. 14v

fol. 15v

[John Frank Newton] to William Godwin

Date written: 17 Apr. 1811

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 11

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 515

Fol(s).: 16-17

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Concerning a prospective visit from Godwin

Mentions [?James] Northcote; Hume, possibly Joseph Hume (the politician) or Joseph Hume (the writer and translator); [Cornelia] Newton

Incipit: Many thanks to you, my dear Sir...

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fol. 16r

fol. 17v

C[harles] Clairmont to [William Godwin]

Date written: Mon., 6 May 1811

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 11

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 515

Fol(s).: 18-19

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Clairmont's plans

Mentions Mrs [?Harriet] Boinville; Fanny [Godwin]; [?Thomas] Turner

Incipit: I know exactly how you...

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fol. 18r

fol. 18v

William Godwin to John Fairley

Date written: 11 May 1811

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 11

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 228/7

Fol(s).: 20-1

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a business matter

(Also includes an endorsement in an unknown hand)

Mentions Mr Hepburn; Mr D[?allas]

Incipit: I cannot form the remotest conception, nor after the most diligent perusal...

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fol. 20r

fol. 20v

fol. 21r

fol. 21v

William Godwin to John Fairley

Date written: 13 May 1811

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 11

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 228/7

Fol(s).: 22-3

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a business matter

(Also includes an endorsement in an unknown hand)

Mentions Hepburn

Incipit: I hasten to write you a time to say that...

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fol. 22r

fol. 22v

fol. 23v

John Frank Newton to [William Godwin]

Date written: 14 May 1811

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 11

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 515

Fol(s).: 24

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a bill

Mentions [Mary Jane] Godwin; Mrs [?Harriet] Boinville

Incipit: I accede, my dear Sir...

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fol. 24r

William Godwin to John Fairly [Fairley]

Date written: 23 May 1811

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 11

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 228/7

Fol(s).: 25-6

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Godwin's financial situation

(Also includes an endorsement in an unknown hand)

Mentions Mr Dallas; Mr Hepburn

Incipit: Though I trust you do not want prompting...

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fol. 25r

fol. 25v

fol. 26r

fol. 26v

William Godwin to John Fairly [Fairley]

Date written: 25 May 1811

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 11

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 228/7

Fol(s).: 27-8

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Acknowledging receipt of a letter

(Also includes an endorsement in an unknown hand)

Incipit: Yours received...

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fol. 27r

fol. 28v

William Godwin to John Fairly [Fairley]

Date written: 29 May 1811

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 11

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 228/7

Fol(s).: 29-30

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a business matter

(Also includes an endorsement in an unknown hand)

Mentions Mr Dallas; Mr Hepburn; Crow

Incipit: I have this day received a letter from Mr. Dallas...

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fol. 29r

fol. 29v

fol. 30r

fol. 30v

Mary Jane Godwin to William Godwin

Date written: 10 June [1811]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 11

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 523

Fol(s).: 31-2

Document type: original, initialled

Contents

Concerning laundry; the Godwin children; et al.

Mentions Fanny [Godwin]; Saunders; William Godwin (junior); Charles [Clairmont]; Mary [Shelley]; [Caroline] Pettman

Incipit: You will begin to think that when...

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fol. 31r

fol. 31v

fol. 32r

fol. 32v

William Godwin to John Fairly [Fairley]

Date postmarked: 20 June 1811

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 11

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 228/7

Fol(s).: 33-4

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a business matter; Godwin's opinion of Thomas Wedgwood and Josiah Wedgwood; Godwin's financial situation

(Also includes an endorsement in an unknown hand)

Mentions Mr Dallas; Hepburn; [James] Thomson

Incipit: I wrote you two or three hurried times yesterday...

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fol. 33r

fol. 33v

fol. 34r

fol. 34v

William Godwin to Proctor Patrickson

Date written: 20 June 1811

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 11

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 228/8

Fol(s).: 35-6

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Godwin's financial situation; Patrickson's education

Mentions Dr [?George] Tuthill; Blackall; Faulder; [Basil] Montagu; [Matthew] Raine; [Humphry] Davy

Incipit: I have met with various...

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fol. 35r

fol. 35v

fol. 36r

fol. 36v

William Godwin to John Fairly [Fairley]

Date written: 24 June 1811

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 11

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 228/7

Fol(s).: 37-8

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a business matter

(Also includes an endorsement in an unknown hand)

Mentions Mr Hepburn

Incipit: In what manner I am...

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fol. 37r

fol. 37v

fol. 38v

William Godwin to John Fairly [Fairley]

Date written: 27 June 1811

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 11

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 228/7

Fol(s).: 39-40

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a business matter

(Also includes an endorsement in an unknown hand)

Mentions [James] Thomson; [Josiah] Wedgwood; Mr Hepburn

Incipit: The first paragraph of your letter...

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fol. 39r

fol. 39v

fol. 40r

fol. 40v

William Godwin to John Fairly [Fairley]

Date written: 6 July 1811

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 11

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 228/7

Fol(s).: 41-2

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a business matter

(Also includes an endorsement in an unknown hand)

Mentions Mr Hepburn; [Josiah] Wedgwood; [James] Thomson

Incipit: No, I have not misunderstood a word...

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fol. 41r

fol. 41v

fol. 42r

fol. 42v

William Godwin to John Fairly [Fairley]

Date written: 10 July 1811

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 11

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 228/7

Fol(s).: 43-4

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a business matter; Godwin's financial situation

(Also includes an endorsement in an unknown hand)

Mentions Mr Hepburn; [Josiah] Wedgwood; Dallas

Incipit: I feel that I must sink...

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fol. 43r

fol. 43v

fol. 44r

fol. 44v

William Godwin to John Fairly [Fairley]

Date written: 12 July 1811

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 11

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 228/7

Fol(s).: 45-6

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a business matter

(Also includes an endorsement in an unknown hand)

Mentions Mr Hepburn; [Josiah] Wedgwood; [James] Thomson

Incipit: I have received your letter to-day...

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fol. 45r

fol. 45v

fol. 46v

? to William Godwin

Date written: 13 July 1811

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 11

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 515

Fol(s).: 47

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Concerning an appointment

(Also includes an endorsement in an unknown hand)

Mentions Hepburn

Incipit: Hepburn called on me...

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fol. 47r

fol. 47v

William Godwin to John Fairly [Fairley]

Date written: 26 July 1811

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 11

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 228/7

Fol(s).: 48-9

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Godwin's health; a business matter

(Also includes an endorsement in an unknown hand)

Mentions Mr Hepburn

Incipit: Your last letter, dated...

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fol. 48r

fol. 48v

fol. 49r

fol. 49v

Mary Jane Godwin to [William Godwin]

Date dated: 14 Aug. 1811

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 11

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 523

Fol(s).: 50

Document type: original, initialled

Contents

Concerning a reconciliation

Incipit: I know not what the state of your mind...

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fol. 50r

William Godwin to John Fairly [Fairley]

Date written: 15 Aug. 1811

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 11

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 228/7

Fol(s).: 51-2

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a brief cessation of letters from Fairly; a business matter

(Also includes an endorsement in an unknown hand)

Mentions Gardner; Mr Hepburn

Incipit: Your letter of Aug. 7 came quite as a relief...

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fol. 51r

fol. 51v

fol. 52r

fol. 52v

William Godwin to ?

Date written: 15 Aug. 1811

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 11

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 227/3(a)

Fol(s).: 53

Document type: original or fair copy, signed

Contents

Concerning the false reasoning of the recipient

Incipit: You have made me exceedingly...

Note: Godwin's journal for the day states 'write to Fairly & Lloyd and H Robinson'. [John] Fairley; [?Charles] Lloyd (the poet); H[enry Crabb] Robinson

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fol. 53r

fol. 53v

Mary Jane Godwin to William Godwin

Date written: 30 Aug. 1811

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 11

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 523

Fol(s).: 54-5

Document type: original, initialled

Contents

Concerning health matters; letters from B.M., Fairly and Hume; financial matters; et al.

Mentions [John] Fairley; Mr Gardiner; ?the politician [Joseph] Hume ?the writer and translator or [Joseph] Hume; Saunders; [Eliza] Fenwick; William [Godwin (junior)]; Charles [Clairmont]; Fanny [Godwin]; Jane [Claire Clairmont]

Incipit: Your dear balmy letter brought...

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fol. 54r

fol. 54v

fol. 55r

fol. 55v

William Godwin to John Fairly [Fairley]

Date written: 11 Sept. 1811

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 11

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 228/7

Fol(s).: 56-7

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a business matter

(Also includes an endorsement in an unknown hand)

Mentions Mr Hepburn

Incipit: I am much afraid that you have got...

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fol. 56r

fol. 56v

fol. 57v

William Godwin to John Fairly [Fairley]

Date written: 19 Sept. 1811

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 11

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 228/7

Fol(s).: 58-9

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a business matter

(Also includes an endorsement in an unknown hand)

Incipit: My last letter will have sufficiently convinced you how much I was rejoiced...

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fol. 58r

fol. 59v

William Godwin to John Fairly [Fairley]

Date written: 15 Oct. 1811

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 11

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 228/7

Fol(s).: 60-1

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Charles Clairmont's position with [Archibald] Constable

(Also includes an endorsement in an unknown hand)

Mentions [John] Arnot or [H.R.] Arnot; [Mary Jane] Godwin

Incipit: I have received a second letter from Constable...

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fol. 60r

fol. 60v

fol. 61r

fol. 61v

William Godwin to John Fairly [Fairley]

Date written: [?1]5 Oct. 1811

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 11

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 228/7

Fol(s).: 62-3

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Godwin's effort to find a place for Charles Clairmont with Mr [Archibald] Constable (bookseller);

(Also includes an endorsement in an unknown hand)

Incipit: Would you have any objection to call on my part on Mr. Constable...

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fol. 62r

fol. 62v

fol. 63r

fol. 63v

William Godwin to [-] Arnot

Date written: 3 Nov. 1811

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 11

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 227/3(a)

Fol(s).: 64-5

Document type: original, signed

Contents

On accounting for unsold books (in Scotland)

Mentions [Charles Clairmont]; [John] Fairley;

Incipit: I have your letter of the 5th...

Note: Probably to John Arnot or H.R. Arnot

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fol. 64r

fol. 64v

fol. 65v

William Godwin to John Fairly [Fairley]

Date written: 3 Nov. 1811

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 11

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 228/7

Fol(s).: 66-7

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Presenting Charles [Clairmont]

(Also includes an endorsement in an unknown hand)

Mentions Archibald Constable; [Mary Jane] Godwin; [?John] Arnot or [?H.R.] Arnot

Incipit: With this letter in his hand, presents himself before you...

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fol. 66r

fol. 66v

fol. 67r

fol. 67v

William Godwin to John Fairley

Date written: 5 Nov. 1811

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 11

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 228/7

Fol(s).: 68-9

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning [Charles] Clairmont 's journey to Scotland

(Also includes an endorsement in an unknown hand)

Mentions [Archibald] Constable; [?H.R]. Arnot or [?John] Arnot

Incipit: I received yours of...

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fol. 69v

? to William Godwin

Date postmarked: 7 Nov. 1811

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 11

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 227/3(d)

Fol(s).: 70

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Fragment of letter - address leaf

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fol. 70r

Thomas Moore to William Godwin

Date dated: 8 Nov. 1811

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 11

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 527(d)

Fol(s).: 71-2

Document type: original, signed

Contents

On not being able to visit Godwin

Incipit: I consider myself particularly...

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fol. 72v

J Russell to William Godwin

Date written: 18 Nov. 1811

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 11

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 515

Fol(s).: 73-4

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the education of Godwin's son

Incipit: I thank you for your...

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fol. 73r

fol. 74v

Thomas Moore to William Godwin

Date dated: 21 Nov. 1811

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 11

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 527(d)

Fol(s).: 75-6

Document type: original, signed

Contents

On not being able to assist with a literary request

Mentions Mr [James] Power and [William] Power

Incipit: I ought to have answered you...

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fol. 75r

fol. 75v

William Godwin to Proctor Patrickson

Date written: 28 Jan. 1812

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 11

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 228/8

Fol(s).: 77-8

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning subscriptions for Patrickson's subsistence; [Thomas Turner's] proposed marriage to [Cornelia] Boinville

Mentions Faulder; [Basil] Montagu; [Harriet] Boinville; Jonathan Raine; [Cornelia] Newton

Incipit: You were erroneous in your conjecture...

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fol. 77r

fol. 77v

fol. 78r

fol. 78v

William Godwin to Proctor Patrickson

Date written: 4 Feb. 1812

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 11

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 228/8

Fol(s).: 79-80

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Patrickson's relationship with his mother; et al.

Mentions Mr Faulder; James White

Incipit: I take the earliest opportunity to answer your letter...

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fol. 79r

fol. 79v

fol. 80r

fol. 80v

William Godwin to John Fairley

Date written: 20 Mar. 1812

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 11

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 228/7

Fol(s).: 81-2

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Thanking Fairley for his assistance; money owed by Arnot; et al.

(Also includes an endorsement in an unknown hand)

Mentions Mr Hepburn; [?John] Arnot or [?H.R.] Arnot; [Charles] Clairmont

Incipit: It was with much pleasure I received your letter of the 26th ult...

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fol. 81r

fol. 81v

fol. 82r

fol. 82v

William Godwin to Proctor Patrickson

Date written: 1 Apr. 1812

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 11

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 228/8

Fol(s).: 83-4

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the tone of Patrickson's last letter to Godwin; religious feeling; et al.

Incipit: I thank you for your letter

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fol. 83v

fol. 84r

fol. 84v

William Godwin to Proctor Patrickson

Date written: 2 May 1812

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 11

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 228/8

Fol(s).: 85-6

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Godwin's critique of Patrickson's tone

Incipit: I am much pleased with your letter of the 25th instant...

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fol. 85r

fol. 85v

fol. 86r

fol. 86v

H[enry] Grattan to William Godwin

Date written: 3 June 1812

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 11

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 766/2

Fol(s).: 87-8

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Inviting Godwin to dinner

(Also includes notes (arithmetic) in William Godwin's hand)

Incipit: I am engaged with company...

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fol. 87r

fol. 88v

H[enry] Grattan to William Godwin

Date postmarked: 5 June 1812

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 11

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 507/3

Fol(s).: 89-90

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Inviting Godwin to dine

Incipit: In answer to your letter of the other day...

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fol. 90v

William Godwin to Proctor Patrickson

Date written: 10 July 1812

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 11

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 228/8

Fol(s).: 91

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the difference between sincerity and cant

Mentions [Thomas] Turner; Faulder; [Mary Jane] Godwin

Incipit: I believe I have not...

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fol. 91r

fol. 91v

William Godwin to ?Elton Hamond

Date written: 13 July 1812

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 11

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 227/3(a)

Fol(s).: 92

Document type: original or fair copy, signed

Contents

Regarding some negotiations on Godwin's behalf

Incipit: The note I have just...

Note: Possibly to Anthony Hammond

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fol. 92r

fol. 92v

William Godwin to ?Elton Hamond

Date written: 20 July 1812

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 11

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 227/3(a)

Fol(s).: 93

Document type: original or fair copy, signed

Contents

Regarding an obligation of Godwin's

Incipit: I inclose you the copy of a letter which I had prepared for you on Sunday...

Note: Godwin's journal for the day states 'write to Hamond & Lauderdale'. Hamond possibly as noted above, or Anthony Hammond. Lord Lauderdale, [James] Maitland

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fol. 93r

W[illiam] Hayley to William Godwin

Date written: 23 July 1812

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 11

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 529(a)

Fol(s).: 94-5

Document type: original, signed

Contents

On the author Bacon

(Also includes notes (arithmetic) in William Godwin's hand)

Mentions [?Francis] Bacon; Ben Johnson [Jonson]

Incipit: I hasten to answer your Question...

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fol. 94r

fol. 94v

fol. 95v

William Godwin to ?

Date written: 29 Aug. 1812

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 11

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 227/3(a)

Fol(s).: 96

Document type: original or fair copy, signed

Contents

Regarding a dispute arising from Godwin seeking the recipient's opinion on some papers

Incipit: You entirely mistake my character...

Note: Possibly to ?Elton Hamond or Anthony Hammond or [Francis] Place

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fol. 96v

James Lisle to William Godwin

Date written: 3 Sept. 1812

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 11

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 529(a)

Fol(s).: 97-8

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Requesting assistance from Godwin

Incipit: To induce a trespass...

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fol. 97r

fol. 98r

fol. 98v

William Godwin to ?

Date written: 1812

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 11

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 227/3(a)

Fol(s).: 99

Document type: original or fair copy, signed

Contents

Concerning Godwin's hope that the recipient will renew the bills he holds; an effort to raise money in England and Ireland

Mentions [Francis] Place; Luke White; Mr Menzies; [?Robert] Smirke; [?Joseph] Hume (the politician) or [?Joseph] Hume (the translator and writer)

Incipit: When I had last the...

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fol. 99r

fol. 99v

James Lisle to [William Godwin]

Date written: Sat., ?1812

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 11

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/6

Fol(s).: 100

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Lisle's conviction and punishment of transportation for a crime; request for aid

Incipit: The diurnal prints must have told you...

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fol. 100r

fol. 110v

William Godwin and John Flather to Proctor Patrickson

Date written: 4 Jan. 1813

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 11

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 228/8

Fol(s).: 101-2

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Patrickson's intention of visiting London; the corruptions of riches and poverty; postscript by John Flather

Mentions Mr Faulder

Incipit: I am very much inclined to advise you not to come to town...

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fol. 101r

fol. 101v

fol. 102r

fol. 102v

William Godwin to Proctor Patrickson

Date written: 3 Feb. 1813

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 11

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 228/8

Fol(s).: 103

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Patrickson's wish to change colleges; the need for patronage; et al.

Mentions Mr Faulder; Mr Justice [George] Hardinge

Incipit: I have not written to you lately...

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fol. 103r

fol. 103v

William Godwin to Proctor Patrickson

Date written: 11 Aug. 1813

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 11

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 228/8

Fol(s).: 104-5

Document type: original, signed

Contents

On the subject of attention; et al.

Incipit: I am extremely willing, conformably to your request...

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fol. 104v

fol. 105r

fol. 105v

Geo[rge] Spencer Ridgway to William Godwin

Date written: 29 Jan. 1814

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 11

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 529(a)

Fol(s).: 106

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a request from Godwin for a book

Mentions the duke of Devonshire [William] Cavendish

Incipit: Yours of the 18th Inst....

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fol. 106r

Geo[rge] Spencer Ridgway to William Godwin

Date written: 25 Feb. 1814

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 11

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 529(a)

Fol(s).: 107-8

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a request from Godwin for a book

(Also includes notes (arithmetic) in William Godwin's hand)

Mentions the duke [of Devonshire] [William Cavendish]

Incipit: I have again informed His Grace...

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fol. 107r

fol. 108v

Samuel Romilly to [William Godwin]

Date written: 2 Mar. 1814

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 11

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/6

Fol(s).: 109-10

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a loan

Incipit: I have spoken to two very respectable...

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fol. 109r

fol. 109v

Proctor Patrickson to William Godwin

Date written: 1 June 1814

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 11

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 228/8

Fol(s).: 111-12

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Patrickson's holiday plans; health; degree examinations; et al.

Incipit: I have given up the intention I once...

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fol. 111r

fol. 111v

fol. 112r

fol. 112v

William Godwin to Proctor Patrickson

Date written: 2 July 1814

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 11

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 228/8

Fol(s).: 113-14

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Patrickson's unhappiness

Mentions [Basil] Montagu

Incipit: I am most exceedingly grieved at what...

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fol. 113r

fol. 113v

fol. 114v

Manuscript:

Date written: 1814

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 11

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 228/8

Fol(s).: 116r

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Patrickson's quarterly bill from Emmanuel College, Cambridge

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Proctor Patrickson to William Godwin

Date written: 27 July 1814

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 11

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 228/8

Fol(s).: 115 & 116v

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Request for money; intention of visiting London; people persecuting Patrickson

Incipit: I sh[oul]d be glad if you c[oul]d...

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fol. 115r

fol. 115v

fol. 116v

William Godwin to Proctor Patrickson

Date written: 30 July 1814

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 11

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 228/8

Fol(s).: 117-18

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Patrickson's request for money; the persecution of Patrickson

Incipit: I am so extremely pressed at this moment...

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? to ? William Godwin

Date written: 20 Oct. 1814

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 11

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 810/1

Fol(s).: 119

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Letter in German

(Also includes a postscript, endorsement or note in another (unknown) hand)

Note: Note: This item was misplaced for foliation, so it is shelfmarked out of sequence. This entry has now been copied to the correct sequence in the catalogue.

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James Bindley to William Godwin

Date written: 2 Dec. 1814

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 11

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 529(a)

Fol(s).: 120-1

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a search for a work by [?John] Dennis

Incipit: I cannot bring to my recollection...

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Proctor Patrickson to [William Godwin]

Date written: c. 1814

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 11

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 228/8

Fol(s).: 122-3

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Concerning Patrickson's suicidal feelings; editor's comment in unknown hand

Incipit: My spirits have for some time...

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fol. 123v

[-] La[?mb] to William Godwin

Date written: 4 Feb. 1815

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 11

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/1(a)

Fol(s).: 124

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Concerning the Statesman newspaper

Incipit: Mr La[?mbs] Compliments to Mr Godwin...

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William Godwin to Fanny Godwin

Date written: 9 Apr. 1816

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 11

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 523

Fol(s).: 125-6

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Asking Fanny to write.

Mentions [Mary Jane Godwin]

Incipit: Remember what I said to you of...

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Robert Atcheson to [William Godwin]

Date written: Sat., 12 Oct. 1816

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 11

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 529(c)

Fol(s).: 127-34

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Forwarding information concerning Winchester College

Mentions Dr [John] Milner; [?Richard] Warner

Incipit: In compliance with your request...

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fol. 134r

Manuscript: [Robert Atcheson]

Date written: [12] [Oct.] [1816]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 12

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 529(c)

Fol(s).: 1-2

Document type: original or fair copy, unsigned

Contents

A history and description of Winchester College

Mentions Dr. Burton; Hough

Incipit: Before Dr. Burton erected the buildings...

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fol. 2v

John Horseman to William Godwin

Date written: Wed., 30 Oct. 1816

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 12

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 529(a)

Fol(s).: 3-4

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Horseman's admiration for Godwin; suggestions for translations for [Mary Jane] Godwin; et al.

Mentions [?Samuel] Johnson; [?Thomas] Gray; [Thomas] Holcroft; Mr Underwood

Incipit: It was a very serious disappointment...

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fol. 4v

Elizabeth Inchbald to William Godwin

Date written: Mon., 11 Nov. 1816

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 12

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 509

Fol(s).: 5-6

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Forwarding Inchbald's address; wishing to know whether Godwin has a daughter in Switzerland

Incipit: I am bound to send...

Note: See also a Mary Shelley-era copy in MS. Abinger c. 54, fol. 16

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fol. 6v

Amelia Curran to William Godwin

Date postmarked: 14 Feb. 1817

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 12

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 524

Fol(s).: 7-8

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a meeting with Curran's father; Curran's health; the Stewart Papers; et al.

Mentions Mr [Henry] Brougham; [John Philpot Curran]; [Robert] Watson; the [?Young] Pretender [Charles Stuart]; Norfolk [?Henry] Howard; Lord Lansdowne [?George] Granville; Bolinbroke [Bolingbroke] [Henry St John]

Incipit: Have you received the...

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William Godwin to ?Philip Hull Godwin

Date written: 21 Feb. 1817

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 12

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 523

Fol(s).: 9-10

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Concerning Godwin's family; marriage of [Mary Shelley]

Mentions [Percy Bysshe Shelley]; Sir Timothy Shelley; [Mary Jane] Godwin

Incipit: I have not written to you for a great...

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fol. 9v

fol. 10v

William Henry Curran to William Godwin

Date written: Mon., 3 Apr. 1817

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 12

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 507/2

Fol(s).: 11-12

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Containing details of an interment

Incipit: The interment is fixed for tomorrow...

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[Edward Hovell-] Thurlow to [William Godwin]

Date written: 2 June 1817

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 12

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 529(c)

Fol(s).: 13

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning [Godwin's] opinion of some of Thurlow's poems

Incipit: I considered myself quietly...

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Henry Blanch Rosser to [William Godwin]

Date written: Fri., 8 Aug. 1817

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 12

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 526/1

Fol(s).: 14

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Requesting a meeting

Incipit: I hope the motives that actuate me...

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John P. FitzGerald to William Godwin

Date written: 30 Oct. 1817

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 12

Former shelfmark: Dep .b. 214/3

Fol(s).: 15-16

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the burial of FitzGerald's 'father' [John Philpot] Curran in a dispute with Curran's sons

Mentions Eliza Curran; Mr Taylor; Mr Burton

Incipit: It may appear strange...

Note: This is a copy (forwarded to Wm Godwin) of a letter originally sent to John Franks esq., the executor of Curran's will. Franks possibly Sir John Franks

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fol. 16r

fol. 16v

[Elizabeth Inchbald] to [William Godwin]

Date dated: 12 Dec. 1817

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 12

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 509

Fol(s).: 17-18

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Critiquing a novel

Mentions [?Archibald] Constable

Incipit: It is your own fault that...

Note: See also a Mary Shelley-era copy in MS. Abinger c. 54, fols. 17-18

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fol. 18r

[Elizabeth Inchbald] to [William Godwin]

Date written: [1817]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 12

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 607/2

Fol(s).: 19

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Fragment, opinion of a novel [Mandeville, (1817)]

Incipit: I have this moment received your...

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William Godwin to ?Susanna Taylor

Date written: 10 Mar. 1818

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 12

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 524

Fol(s).: 20

Document type: original or fair copy, signed

Contents

Concerning [Mary] Shelley's wish to visit the recipient

Incipit: Mrs Shelley, my daughter...

Note: Godwin's journal for the day states 'write to Taylor, Norwich' , so this letter possibly to Susanna Taylor, as above, but possibly to Margaret Mason or Maria Gisborne

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James Perry to William Godwin

Date written: 17 Apr. 1818

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 12

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 526/1

Fol(s).: 21-2

Document type: original, signed

Contents

On the authorship of the pamphlet '[Cursory Strictures... Lord Chief] Justice Eyre' (1794)

Mentions Mr Vaughan, possibly Benjamin Vaughan

Incipit: I am extremely surprized...

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fol. 22v

Thomas Moore to [William Godwin]

Date dated: 5 May 1818

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 12

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 527(d)

Fol(s).: 23

Document type: original, signed

Contents

On not being able to visit

Incipit: It grieves me to leave town...

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Joseph Vallence Bevan to William Godwin

Date written: 8 June 1818

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 12

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/1(m)

Fol(s).: 24-5

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Bevan's plans for the immediate future; Bevan's opinion of Ireland

Mentions Mr Ogilvie, possibly James Ogilvie

Incipit: I was not sure at the time I received your last letter...

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fol. 25r

fol. 25v

James Broughton to William Godwin

Date written: 31 Aug. 1818

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 12

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 526/1

Fol(s).: 26-7

Document type: original, signed

Contents

On publication and transcription of the 'First Part of Tamburlaine' and 'Faustus'

Incipit: I am sorry I did not happen to be...

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Thomas Malthus to William Godwin

Date written: 25 Oct. 1818

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 12

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 525/1

Fol(s).: 28-9

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning references in a passage on population

Mentions Dr [Richard] Price

Incipit: Upon referring, on my return...

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William Godwin (junior) to [William Godwin]

Date written: 28 Oct. 1818

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 12

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 526/1

Fol(s).: 30-1

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Enclosing a letter from Ogilvie; Godwin (junior's) reading

Mentions Mr Ogilvie, possibly James Ogilvie

Incipit: In my last I told you that...

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William Morgan to [William Godwin]

Date written: 12 Nov. 1818

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 12

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 514(a)

Fol(s).: 32

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning an answer to [Thomas] Malthus's 'On Population'; a research query regarding Ezra Styles's sermon

Mentions [Richard] Price; Ezra Styles possibly Ezra Stiles

Incipit: I am very glad to find that you...

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William Henry Curran to William Godwin

Date written: 4 Dec. 1818

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 12

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 507/2

Fol(s).: 33-4

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the lack of literary ardour in Ireland; et al.

Mentions Thelwall [?John] Thelwall

Incipit: I have delayed writing to you...

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Thomas Aspinwall to [William Godwin]

Date dated: 28 Dec. 1818

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 12

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 526/1

Fol(s).: 35-6

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a research enquiry about emigration

Incipit: Nothing would give me more...

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Thomas Aspinwall to William Godwin

Date written: Wed., 30 Dec. 1818

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 12

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 526/1

Fol(s).: 37-8

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Concerning a research enquiry about emigration

Incipit: Colonel Aspinwall presents his best...

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James Ogilvie to William Godwin

Date written: Sun., [1818-1820]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 12

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 526/1

Fol(s).: 39-40

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Forwarding a sketchbook and two volumes; Ogilvie's continuation of his essays; et al.

Mentions [James] Paulding; [Washington] Irving

Incipit: I send you by the bearer...

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John Fairley to William Godwin

Date written: 24 Feb. 1819

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 12

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 228/7

Fol(s).: 41-2

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning official papers relating to emigration; a response to Malthus on population

Mentions [John] Campbell or [John Archibald] Campbell; Earl [Henry] Bathurst

Incipit: I have to:day had...

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fol. 42r

fol. 42v

Lady Caroline Lamb to William Godwin

Date written: n.d.

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 12

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 529(b)

Fol(s).: 43 & 44v

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Requesting Godwin's ?vote for George Lamb

Incipit: Lady Caroline Lamb presents her...

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[William Godwin] to [Caroline Lamb]

Date written: 25 Feb. 1819

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 12

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 529(b)

Fol(s).: 43v

Document type: original or draft, unsigned

Contents

On politics

Mentions George Lamb

Incipit: You have mistaken me...

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William Morgan to [William Godwin]

Date written: 6 Mar. 1819

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 12

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 514(a)

Fol(s).: 45

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning an answer to Malthus's 'On Population'

Incipit: I suppose Mr. Malthus means by his...

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Henry Blanch Rosser to [William Godwin]

Date written: Sun., 14 Mar. 1819

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 12

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 532/1

Fol(s).: 46-7

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Rosser's situation in Cambridge; et al.

Mentions Mr Willisford

Incipit: I cannot tell you what pure delight...

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A[braham] Rees to [William Godwin]

Date dated: 2 Apr. 1819

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 12

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 514(a)

Fol(s).: 48

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a research query

Incipit: I am happy in being able to furnish you...

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Henry Blanch Rosser to William Godwin

Date written: 13 Apr. 1819

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 12

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 532/1

Fol(s).: 49-50

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Rosser's situation in Cambridge; politics; et al.

Mentions Bedingfield; Beldam

Incipit: As delightful as is a drop of water...

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fol. 50r

fol. 50v

Henry Blanch Rosser to William Godwin

Date written: 30 Apr. 1819

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 12

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 526/1

Fol(s).: 51-2

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Rosser's fault

Incipit: Had I wanted any new-born motives...

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William Godwin to Henry Goulburn

Date written: 13 May 1819

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 12

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 526/1

Fol(s).: 53-4

Document type: original or fair copy, signed

Contents

Concerning the extent of emigrations to North America

Mentions John Campbell or John [Archibald] Campbell

Incipit: I am at this moment...

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William Godwin to William Henry Curran

Date written: 9 June 1819

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 12

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 227/4(a)

Fol(s).: 55-6

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Thank you for sending a copy of Curran's biography of his father; opinion of the book; Irish politics; answer to Malthus

Mentions [John Philpot] Curran; [William] Pitt; [Mary Jane] Godwin

Incipit: I ought several weeks...

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Thomas Amyot to [William Godwin]

Date written: 21 June 1819

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 12

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 526/1

Fol(s).: 57

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a query about emigration

Incipit: I am very sorry that I have been...

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Washington Irving to William Godwin

Date postmarked: 30 June 1819

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 12

Former shelfmark: Additional

Fol(s).: 58-9

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a failure to visit Godwin

(Also includes notes, a tally in unknown hand)

Incipit: I am extremely sorry that an...

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Thomas Amyot to William Godwin

Date written: 29 July 1819

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 12

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 526/1

Fol(s).: 60

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning an enquiry from Godwin

Incipit: I am sorry to learn that you had...

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Thomas Amyot to William Godwin

Date written: 30 July 1819

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 12

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 526/1

Fol(s).: 61-2

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning an enquiry from Godwin on emigration

Incipit: At length I have the pleasure of...

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William Henry Curran to William Godwin

Date written: 28 Aug. 1819

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 12

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 507/2

Fol(s).: 63-4

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a work on Curran's father; et al.

Mentions [John Philpot Curran]; [Mary Jane] Godwin

Incipit: I have at length received your kind letter...

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William Wallace to [William Godwin]

Date written: Wed., 15 Sept. 1819

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 12

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 526/1

Fol(s).: 65

Document type: original, signed

Contents

On the terms of a dinner invitation

Incipit: I have been absent in the country...

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James Ogilvie to William Godwin

Date written: 1 Feb. ?1819

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 12

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/2

Fol(s).: 66-7

Document type: original, signed

Contents

On a young American, George Ticknor

Incipit: The interesting young American...

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fol. 67r

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Henry Blanch Rosser to William Godwin

Date written: 9 Apr. 1820

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger b. 1

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 532/1

Fol(s).: 3-4

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a disagreement between Rosser and Godwin; a walk in Hastings; et al.

Mentions [?Jeremy] Bentham or [?Samuel] Bentham; [Francis] Place; Bedingfield; Austin; [Mary Jane] Godwin

Incipit: When this world shall be in the state...

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fol. 4r

fol. 4v

Thomas Amyot to [William Godwin]

Date written: 25 Apr. 1820

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 12

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/2

Fol(s).: 68

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning number of emigrants to Canada 'last year'

Mentions the Bishop of Quebec [Jacob Mountain]

Incipit: Before I received your letter...

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Joseph Vallence Bevan to William Godwin

Date written: 2 June 1820

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 12

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/1(m)

Fol(s).: 69

Document type: original, signed

Contents

An intoduction to Dr. Sereven

Incipit: I embrace this opportunity of introducing to your friendly notice...

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Thomas Noon Talfourd to William Godwin

Date written: 8 July 1820

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 12

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 529(c)

Fol(s).: 70

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Sending a magazine containing tributes to Godwin's fiction

Incipit: You will, I hope, excuse the...

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Henry Blanch Rosser to William Godwin

Date written: 10 Aug. 1820

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 12

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 532/1

Fol(s).: 71

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Rosser's health; et al.

[?Jeremy] Bentham or [?Samuel] Bentham; [Thomas] Malthus

Incipit: I am scarcely able to write to you...

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Henry Blanch Rosser to William Godwin

Date written: 3 Sept. 1820

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 12

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 532/1

Fol(s).: 72-3

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Rosser's health; finding a tutor; et al.

Incipit: My illness did not leave...

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William Godwin to [Maria Gisborne]

Date written: 15 Sept. 1820

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 12

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 524

Fol(s).: 74

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning financial dealings with [Percy Bysshe] Shelley

Mentions [John] Gisborne

Incipit: I hope these lines will find you...

Note: See also a Jane and Sir Percy Shelley-era copy of this letter in MS. Abinger c. 75, fols. 7-8

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H[enry] Incledon Pilcher to William Godwin

Date written: 10 Oct. 1820

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 12

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/2

Fol(s).: 75-6

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Acknowledging gift of Ford's plays; 'Of Population' (1820)

Incipit: The favour you have conferred upon me ...

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fol. 76r

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Henry Blanch Rosser to William Godwin

Date written: 1 Nov. 1820

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 12

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 532/1

Fol(s).: 77-8

Document type: original, signed

Contents

On Rosser's studies in mathematics; et al.

Mentions Austin; [Mary Jane] Godwin

Incipit: I have certainly adhered to my...

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fol. 78r

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James Perry to [William Godwin]

Date written: 2 Nov. 1820

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 12

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/2

Fol(s).: 79

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Acknowledging gift of Godwin's 'Of Population' (1820).

Mentions [Thomas] Malthus

Incipit: I thank you for your present of your ...

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Abraham Rees to William Godwin

Date written: 3 Nov. 1820

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 12

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/2

Fol(s).: 80-1

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Acknowledging gift of Godwin's 'Of Population' (1820).

Mentions [Thomas] Malthus

Incipit: Dr Rees presents his compliments...

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William Morgan to [William Godwin]

Date written: 6 Nov. 1820

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 12

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/2

Fol(s).: 82

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Acknowledging gift of Godwin's 'Of Population' (1820).

Mentions [Thomas] Malthus; Dr [?Benjamin] Franklin

Incipit: I have delayed acknowledging the...

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Anthony Robinson to William Godwin

Date written: 8 Nov. 1820

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 12

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/2

Fol(s).: 83

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Discussing Godwin's 'Of Population' (1820)

Mentions [Thomas] Malthus

Incipit: I have not been in a state of Health...

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John Taylor to William Godwin

Date written: 13 Dec. 1820

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 12

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/2

Fol(s).: 84-5

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Acknowledging gift of Godwin's 'Of Population' (1820).

(Also includes notes (arithmetic) in William Godwin's hand)

Mentions [Thomas] Malthus; [Susanna Taylor]; [?Rochemont] Barbauld; Dr [?Benjamin] Franklin; Dr [?Edward] Rigby; Edward [Taylor]; [?John] Barton; Akers

Incipit: Expecting ere long to have occasion...

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David Prentice to [William Godwin]

Date written: 14 Dec. 1820

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 12

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/2

Fol(s).: 86

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Discussing 'Of Population' (1820)

Mentions [Thomas] Malthus; [Anne] Grant; Dr [John] M'Culloch [MacCulloch]

Incipit: May I, who owe much to your...

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Thomas Noon Talfourd to [William Godwin]

Date written: 16 Dec. 1820

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 12

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/2

Fol(s).: 87

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning an article on 'Of Population' (1820)

Incipit: I send you a champion of this...

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Henry Blanch Rosser to William Godwin

Date written: 25 Dec. 1820

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 12

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 532/1

Fol(s).: 88-9

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning studies in Greek

(Also includes notes (arithmetic) in William Godwin's hand)

Mentions [?Isaac] Newton

Incipit: Turning over the "exemplaria Graeca"...

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fol. 89v

Henry Blanch Rosser to William Godwin

Date written: Fri., 19 Jan. 1821

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 12

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 532/1

Fol(s).: 90

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Godwin's reply to Malthus; the tactics of the Master of Trinity [Christopher Wordsworth]; et al.

Mentions Barron; Hatfield; [Francis] Place; Mr [?James] Mill

Incipit: The morning I received your last...

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Henry Blanch Rosser to William Godwin

Date written: 21 Jan. 1821

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 12

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/2

Fol(s).: 91-2

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning 'Of Population' (1820)

Mentions [Adam] Smith

Incipit: When in your former letter you...

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fol. 91v

fol. 92r

fol. 92v

George Brodie to William Godwin

Date written: 3 Feb. 1821

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger b. 1

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/2

Fol(s).: 5-6

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning 'Of Population' (1820); death of [James] Ogilvie; et al.

Mentions [Thomas] Malthus; Mr Forsyth; [Mary Jane] Godwin; Lord Sidmouth [Henry] Addington

Incipit: I have only delayed...

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fol. 6r

fol. 6v

William Godwin to William Curran

Date written: 9 Feb. 1821

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 12

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/2

Fol(s).: 93-4

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning 'Of Population' (1820)

Mentions [Thomas] Malthus; Sir Richard Steele

Incipit: When you last took leave of us...

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fol. 94v

Henry Blanch Rosser to William Godwin

Date written: Sun., 11 Feb. [1821]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 12

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 532/1

Fol(s).: 95-6

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning mathematics; population

(Also includes a note (dates) in William Godwin's hand)

Mentions Austin; Mr [?James] Mill; [Francis] Place; [Thomas] Malthus; [?Luke Joseph] Hooke

Incipit: This is copied from Bridges...

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fol. 96r

fol. 96v

William Henry Curran to [William Godwin]

Date written: 8 Mar. 1821

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 12

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 507/2

Fol(s).: 97

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the reception of [Godwin's] book in Ireland; Irish political matters; et al.

Mentions O'Connell; [Thomas] Malthus; [?John] Franks; Lord Norbury [John] Toler; Sir Richard Steele; Sir Harcourt Lees

Incipit: I often think and speak of you...

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Susanna Taylor to William Godwin

Date written: 9 Mar. 1821

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 12

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/2

Fol(s).: 98-9

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning 'Of Population' (1820)

Mentions [Thomas] Malthus; Lord Liverpool [Robert] Jenkinson; [Mary Jane] Godwin; [John Taylor]

Incipit: I will not take up your...

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fol. 99r

fol. 99v

Thomas Preston to William Godwin

Date written: 4 Apr. 1821

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger b. 1

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/2

Fol(s).: 7-8

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning 'Of Population' (1820); extracts from Malthus's essay of 1806

Incipit: The following observations...

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fol. 8r

fol. 8v

George Tuthill to [William Godwin]

Date written: 7 Apr. 1821

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 12

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 514(a)

Fol(s).: 100

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Lending a portrait

Incipit: I am by no means inclined to offer...

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Lady Caroline Lamb to [William Godwin]

Date written: 15 May 1821

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 12

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 529(b)

Fol(s).: 101-2

Document type: original, initialled

Contents

Invitation to Brockett Hall

Mentions [?William] Cobbet [Cobbett]

Incipit: I cannot express to you...

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fol. 102r

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William Morgan to [William Godwin]

Date written: 8 June 1821

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 12

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 514(a)

Fol(s).: 103

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning an answer to Malthus's 'On Population'

Incipit: You need not give yourself any...

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John Sinclair to William Godwin

Date written: 18 June 1821

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 12

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/2

Fol(s).: 104-5

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a new publication by Sinclair (related to Malthus)

Incipit: I have to return you my...

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fol. 105r

D[avid] Morris to William Godwin

Date written: 16 Aug. 1821

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 12

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/2

Fol(s).: 106

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Arranging free theatre pass for Godwin

Incipit: I beg to acknowledge your favour ...

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James Mackintosh to [William Godwin]

Date written: 6 Sept. 1821

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 12

Former shelfmark: Dep.b.214/6(a)

Fol(s).: 107-8

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Explaining Mackintosh's partly-formed opinion on 'Of Population' (1820)

Incipit: When I received your Work last year...

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fol. 108r

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John Fairley to William Godwin

Date written: 8 Sept. 1821

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 12

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 228/7

Fol(s).: 109

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning an article on Godwin's work in the Edinburgh Review

Mentions [Thomas] Malthus

Incipit: The Edin[bu]r[gh] Review...

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Henry Blanch Rosser to William Godwin

Date written: 23 Oct. 1821

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 12

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 766/2

Fol(s).: 110

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the publication of a paper by Rosser [relating to Malthus]; Greek independence; et al.

Mentions [David] Booth; Valpy

Incipit: You have not awakened me from...

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John Fairley to William Godwin

Date written: 31 Oct. 1821

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 12

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 228/7

Fol(s).: 111-12

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning an article on Godwin's work in the Edinburgh Review; the author of the article

Mentions [Thomas] Malthus

Incipit: You are completely mistaken in...

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fol. 111v

fol. 112r

fol. 112v

Thomas Campbell to [William Godwin]

Date written: 8 Nov. [1821]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 12

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 527(d)

Fol(s).: 113

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Lady [Sydney] Morgan's publication earnings; a proposed work by [Godwin]

Mentions [Henry] Colbourn [Colburn]

Incipit: Lady Morgan received two thousand...

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Thomas Campbell to [William Godwin]

Date written: 17 Nov. 1821

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 13

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 527(d)

Fol(s).: 1

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a project proposed to Colbourn

Mentions Colbourn ?[Henry] Colburn

Incipit: I saw Colbourn to day & mention'd...

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William Godwin to William Henry Curran

Date written: 2 Jan. 1822

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 13

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 507/4

Fol(s).: 2-3

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Godwin's tribute to [John Philpot] Curran; introductions to people in Edinburgh; et al.

Incipit: I acknowledge with great pleasure your letter of the 26th...

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fol. 2v

fol. 3r

fol. 3v

William Godwin to William Henry Curran

Date written: 19 Jan. 1822

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 13

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 507/4

Fol(s).: 4-5

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Asking Curran how he likes Scotland; asking about Scottish opinion of Godwin's answer to Malthus

Incipit: I wished to say to you - write from Edinburgh...

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Lady Caroline Lamb to William Godwin

Date received: 5 Mar. 1822

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 13

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 507/8

Fol(s).: 6-7

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Lamb's health; asking Godwin to look for his elementary books for Lamb's son; details of her domestic life; et al.

Mentions Augustus [Lamb]; William Lamb

Incipit: May I after a long silence ask after your Health...

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fol. 7r

fol. 7v

G[eorge] Dyer to William Godwin

Date dated: 12 Mar. 1822

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 13

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 514(a)

Fol(s).: 8-9

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a research query from Godwin about Cambridge

Mentions [Edmund] Carter; [Richard] Parker; [Thomas] Fuller; Baker

Incipit: I wrote you a blundering...

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fol. 9r

fol. 9v

Lady Caroline Lamb to William Godwin

Date written: 18 Apr. [1822]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 13

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 507/8

Fol(s).: 10-11

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning several of Lamb's works, including 'Gordon: a Tale' (1821) and 'Ada Reis' (1823)

Mentions [Samuel Taylor] Coleridge; [?William] Cobbett; William [?Lamb]

Incipit: Thank you for being pleased...

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fol. 11r

fol. 11v

Thomas Turner to [William Godwin]

Date written: Sun., 19 May 1822

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 13

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 525/5

Fol(s).: 12

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a legal verdict; sending £50

Incipit: I have often wished to know the consequences...

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fol. 12v

Thomas Turner to William Godwin

Date written: 23 May 1822

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 13

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 525/5

Fol(s).: 13-14

Document type: original, signed

Contents

On Turner's character; a Greek word; et al.

Mentions Cornelia [Turner]; [Mary Jane] Godwin

Incipit: I read your letter hastily...

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fol. 13v

fol. 14v

Thomas Turner to William Godwin

Date written: 12 July 1822

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 13

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 525/5

Fol(s).: 15

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Asking Godwin to send a letter; Godwin's health; et al.

(Also includes notes (dates) in William Godwin's hand)

Mentions [Harriet] Boinville; Cornelia [Turner]; Oswald [Turner]; Alfred Boinville

Incipit: If you will take the trouble...

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George Brodie to William Godwin

Date written: 22 Aug. 1822

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 13

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/2

Fol(s).: 16-17

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Condolences on loss of [Percy Bysshe] Shelley; et al.

Mentions [Mary Jane] Godwin; [?Thomas] Moore

Incipit: I sincerely condole...

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fol. 16v

fol. 17r

fol. 17v

Henry Crabb Robinson to William Godwin

Date written: Sat., c. 1822-1824

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 13

Former shelfmark: Dep.b.214/6(a)

Fol(s).: 18-19

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning state papers (the acts of the Council of State during the Commonwealth)

Mentions [Robert] Lemon; [Robert] Peel; [James] Mackintosh; [George] Canning

Incipit: I have gained the following information...

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fol. 19r

fol. 19v

Lady Caroline Lamb to [William Godwin]

Date dated: 12 June 1823

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 13

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 529(b)

Fol(s).: 20

Document type: original, initialled

Contents

Requesting a meeting

Incipit: If you could call upon me...

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[?Henry] Brougham to William Godwin

Date written: 21 Sept. 1823

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 13

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 529(c)

Fol(s).: 21-2

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a circular from Godwin ro raise money

Incipit: Inclosed I return your List...

Note: Possibly from William Brougham

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Lady Caroline Lamb to William Godwin

Date postmarked: 26 Sept. 1823

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 13

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 529(b)

Fol(s).: 23-4

Document type: original, initialled

Contents

Asking for stationary; advice on recipient's for Godwin's circular letter; et al.

Mentions [Mary] Shelley; Lord Dacre [Henry] Brand; Duke of Devonshire [William] Cavendish; Mr Mansfield; Dowager Lady Lansdowne, [Mary] Petty; [John] Lambton or [William] Lambton; Earl Grey [Charles] Grey; Lord Holland, [Henry Vassall] Fox; Mr Rogers; Douglas Kinnaird; Lord [George Gordon] Byron

Incipit: I will & indeed have...

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fol. 24v

Lady Caroline Lamb to [William Godwin]

Date dated: 1823

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 13

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 529(b)

Fol(s).: 25

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Advising on recipients for a circular letter

Mentions William Ponsonby; Lord Holland, [Henry Vassall] Fox; Lord Duncannon [John] Ponsonby; Lord Dacre [Henry] Brand; Blake; William [Lamb]; Lord Dudley, [John] Ward

Incipit: have you sent your...

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Lady Caroline Lamb to William Godwin

Date written: [1823]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 13

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 529(b)

Fol(s).: 26-7

Document type: original, initialled

Contents

Concerning 'Ada Reis' (1823) and 'Valperga' (1823); et al.

Mentions [Mary Jane] Godwin; William Lamb; Mr Keswick

Incipit: When I was at Brighton did...

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fol. 27r

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James Mackintosh to William Godwin

Date written: Mon., ?1823

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 13

Former shelfmark: Dep.b.214/6(a)

Fol(s).: 28-9

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Advising Godwin to write to certain individuals and anticipating particular responses; Brodie's 'History of England' (1822)

Mentions Duke of Leinster probably Augustus Fitzgerald; Lord Cloncurry [Valentine] Lawless; Francis Jeffrey; Lord Dudley, probably John Ward; [George] Brodie

Incipit: I have franked and forwarded your...

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William Godwin to ?

Date written: 23 July 1824

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 13

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/5(a)

Fol(s).: 30

Document type: original or fair copy, signed

Contents

Concerning Godwin's research for his 'History of the Commonwealth of England' (1824-8)

Incipit: You are probably aware that I am engaged...

Note: Godwin's journal for the day states 'write to Sir Walter Scott & W Curran. Write to Macmillan & HP.' Sir Walter Scott; William Henry Curran; Macmillan; HP (unknown)

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Lady Caroline Lamb to William Godwin

Date postmarked: 13 Sept. 1824

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 13

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 507/8

Fol(s).: 31-2

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Seeking news of Godwin and his daughters; Lamb's health

Incipit: It is very long indeed since I have heard from you...

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Lady Caroline Lamb to [William Godwin]

Date received: 25 Oct. 1824

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 13

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 529(b)

Fol(s).: 33-4

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Containing an invitation to visit Caroline Lamb; Lamb's feelings; Lamb's journal; et al.

Mentions Dr Roe

Incipit: From the moment when I saw you last...

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fol. 34r

fol. 34v

Lady Caroline Lamb to William Godwin

Date dated: 1824

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 13

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 529(b)

Fol(s).: 35-6

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Asking for a journal and for Godiwn's books; [Thomas] Medwin's book

Incipit: Thanks for y[ou]r letter...

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fol. 35v

fol. 36v

[Lady Caroline Lamb] to William Godwin

Date written: c. 1824

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 13

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 529(b)

Fol(s).: 37-8

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Concerning Godwin's publications for young people, including 'Letter on advice to the young American' (1818); [Edward] Bulwer-Lytton; Lord [George Gordon] Byron; et al.

Mentions William Ponsonby; [John Cam] Hobhouse; [Mary Shelley]

Incipit: My Brother William Ponsonby...

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fol. 38r

fol. 38v

William Godwin to ?David Booth

Date written: Sun., 15 Aug. ?1824

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 13

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 526/1

Fol(s).: 39

Document type: ?original, signed

Contents

Concerning fees for a work

(Also includes notes (figures and date Oct. 8) in William Godwin's hand)

Mentions [Henry] Colburn; Dugald Stewart

Incipit: You seemed to think £250...

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Joseph Vallence Bevan to William Godwin

Date written: 4 Jan. 1825

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 13

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 528(a)

Fol(s).: 40-1

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Bevan's father's estate; slaves; the press; the law; et al.

Mentions either [Charles Clairmont] or [William Godwin (junior)]; General [James] Oglethorpe; Anthony Stokes; James Hume; Messrs. Baldwin, Cradock, Joy; William T. Williams

Incipit: I have no apology to offer...

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fol. 41v

William Godwin to Josiah Wedgwood

Date written: 23 Mar. 1825

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 13

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 513(a)

Fol(s).: 42-3

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Godwin's bankruptcy

Mentions Mr Read; Lord Chief Justice [Charles] Abbott; Mr Scarlet; [William Godwin (junior)]; [Mary] Shelley

Incipit: Misfortunes have come upon me...

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William Godwin (junior) to William Godwin

Date written: 12 Oct. 1825

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 13

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 766/2

Fol(s).: 44-5

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Godwin junior's stay in Surrey

Mentions Miss Hill; Sir James Mackintosh

Incipit: I just write a line because I...

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Thomas Campbell to William Godwin

Date written: Mon., 6 Feb. 1826

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 13

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 527(d)

Fol(s).: 46-7

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the establishment of [London] University; deciding professorships; a position for [Charles Clairmont]

Incipit: This projected University will be a...

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Henry Hobhouse to William Godwin

Date written: 10 Apr. 1826

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 13

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 514(b)

Fol(s).: 48

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Concerning access to state papers

Mentions [Robert] Peel

Incipit: Mr. Hobhouse presents his Compliments...

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George Canning to William Godwin

Date written: 27 May 1826

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 13

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 514(b)

Fol(s).: 49

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Godwin's wish to access the Journals of the House of Commons

Mentions Mr Whittam

Incipit: I have received your letter of the 18th...

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Richard Sheil to William Godwin

Date written: 19 Sept. 1826

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 13

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 528(a)

Fol(s).: 50-1

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Irish Catholics under Cromwell

Mentions either Oliver Cromwell or Henry Cromwell;Sir James Mackintosh; [John] Curry

Incipit: It will give me very great pleasure...

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George Dawson to William Godwin

Date written: 29 Nov. 1826

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 13

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 514(b)

Fol(s).: 52-3

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Godwin's desire to see state papers; [Robert] Peel's perception of a problem at the State Paper Office

Incipit: I have submitted your letter...

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Joshua Wilson to William Godwin

Date written: 22 Jan. 1827

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 13

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 528(a)

Fol(s).: 54

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning research for Godwin

Mentions Dr Owen

Incipit: I have been endeavouring...

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George Dawson to William Godwin

Date written: 10 Mar. 1827

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 13

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 514(b)

Fol(s).: 55

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning admission to the State Papers Office

Mentions [Robert] Peel

Incipit: I am directed by Mr...

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William Henry Curran to William Godwin

Date written: 13 June 1827

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 13

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 507/2

Fol(s).: 56-7

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the difficulty in obtaining information for Godwin from the Irish records; et al.

Mentions Mr Shiel ?Richard Sheil; Mr Hardeman; [William] Shaw Mason

Incipit: I would not willingly inform against...

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Frances Wright to William Godwin

Date postmarked: 17 Oct. 1827

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 13

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 527(d)

Fol(s).: 58

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Inviting Godwin to visit Wright; Wright's admiration of Godwin's 'Political Justice'

Mentions [Mary Shelley]

Incipit: I parted from your daughter...

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Joshua van Oven to [William Godwin]

Date written: 27 Oct. 1827

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 13

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 529(c)

Fol(s).: 59

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a research enquiry relating to Judaism

Mentions Mr Almosnino; Rabbi [David] Netto [Nieto]; [D'blossiers] Tovey; Francis Palgrave

Incipit: The revd Rabbi has just put into...

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H. H[?]vitz to William Godwin

Date written: 19 Nov. 1827

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 13

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 528(a)

Fol(s).: 60

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning research on Jewish history

Incipit: I have endeavoured to procure you...

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William Fitzstrathern to William Godwin

Date written: 9 Jan. 1828

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 13

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 528(a)

Fol(s).: 61

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning research for Godwin

Mentions [?David] Booth

Incipit: As you know Mr. Booth...

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Edward Poole to William Godwin

Date postmarked: 16 Jan. 1828

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 13

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 229/1(b)

Fol(s).: 62-3

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Godwin's History of the Commonwealth; et al.

Incipit: It was only a few days...

Note: Written on a blank page of a Proposal for Publishing the letters of Rev. Jonathan Toup Jonathan Toup (edited by Edward Poole) - the Proposal sheet is also available in the Bodleian at (Douce N 292)

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William Henry Curran to William Godwin

Date postmarked: 7 Feb. 1828

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 13

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 507/2

Fol(s).: 64-5

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Curran's failure in obtaining information for Godwin on Henry Cromwell

Mentions Dr Sadlier or Tadlin

Incipit: It grieves me to have to say...

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fol. 65r

fol. 65v

D[avid] Morris to William Godwin

Date written: 13 June 1828

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 13

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 528(a)

Fol(s).: 66-7

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning ?theatre lists

(Also includes notes (a list of books) in William Godwin's hand)

Incipit: I beg to acknowledge the receipt...

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fol. 67v

[-] Ramsbotham to ?

Date written: Wed., n.d.

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 13

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/1(h)

Fol(s).: 68r

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

An invitation to dine

(Also includes notes (a list of names) in William Godwin's hand)

Incipit: Mr and Mrs Ramsbotham present their...

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?William Godwin to ?William Wordsworth

Date dated: 16 June 1828

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 13

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/1(h)

Fol(s).: 68r-v

Document type: fair copy or draft, in the hand of William Godwin

Contents

Concerning Dr. [?Christopher] Wordsworth 's book

Incipit: I thank you for the sight of...

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Edward Poole to William Godwin

Date written: 27 June 1828

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 13

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 528(a)

Fol(s).: 69-70

Document type: original, signed

Contents

On Godwin's biography of the nephews of Chilton; et al.

Mentions [?Thomas] Rodd

Incipit: Mr Rodd hath, I believe...

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fol. 69v

fol. 70r

fol. 70v

Robert Lemon to William Godwin

Date written: 28 Oct. 1828

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 13

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 528(a)

Fol(s).: 71

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Thanking Godwin for sending his 'History of the Commonwealth' (1824-8)

Incipit: Mr. Lemon Sen[io]r presents his...

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W. Watts to [William Godwin]

Date written: 31 Dec. 1828

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 13

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 527(a)

Fol(s).: 72

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a request from Watts

Incipit: I thank you for your communication in as...

Note: W. Watts possibly Walter Henry Watts

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P.H. [Hull] Godwin to William Godwin

Date written: 1 Jan. 1829

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 13

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 508

Fol(s).: 73-4

Document type: original, initialled

Contents

Concerning William Godwin's publications; Godwin family biographical information

Mentions Natt [Nathaniel Godwin]

Incipit: I first of all do thank you...

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fol. 74r

fol. 74v

fol. 73r

W. Watts to [William Godwin]

Date written: 3 Jan. 1829

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 13

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 527(a)

Fol(s).: 75

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning accusations of frivolity in autograph hunting and card playing

Incipit: When a man asks favors...

Note: W. Watts possibly Walter Henry Watts

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W. Riddell to William Godwin

Date written: 30 Jan. 1829

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 13

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 528(a)

Fol(s).: 76-7

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the Bulwer Lytton family

(Also includes comment (on the handwriting of ?this letter) and notes (Bulwer-Lytton connected names and places/book titles) in the hand of William Godwin

Mentions William [?Higgets] Bulwer; General William Bulwer; William Earle Lytton; [Elizabeth Bulwer]

Incipit: The two young Gentlemen you met...

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fol. 77r

fol. 77v

Whitmore & Fenn to William Godwin

Date written: 30 Mar. 1829

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 13

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 810/2 (fasc i)

Fol(s).: 78

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning three volumes of the journal of Sir William Brereton and their possible effect on Godwin's 'History of the Commonwealth' (1824-8)

Incipit: We feel it our duty to inform...

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Edward James Willson to William Godwin

Date written: 30 May 1829

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 13

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 513(b)

Fol(s).: 79-80

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Responding to Godwin's enquiry concerning [?Abraham] De la Pryme

Incipit: I made a further enquiry of my friend...

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Henry Colburn to William Godwin

Date written: 1 Sept. 1829

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 13

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 229/2(c)

Fol(s).: 81-2

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Announcement of Colburn's partnership with Richard Bentley

(Also includes miscellaneous notes in William Godwin's hand on the Jews, list of people to propose to, including Colburn and Bentley)

Incipit: Mr. Colburn begs...

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fol. 82v

Washington Irving to [William Godwin]

Date written: 14 Oct. 1829

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 13

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/6

Fol(s).: 83-4

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Irving's interest in Godwin's welfare; publishing in America

Incipit: I have just received your note of the....

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fol. 84r

fol. 84v

Aaron Burr to William Godwin

Date written: 28 Nov. 1829

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 13

Former shelfmark: Dep.b.214/6(a)

Fol(s).: 85-6

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Letter of introduction for the bearer

Incipit: Doctor [John Lewis] Tiarks who...

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W. Coll[?ier] to William Godwin

Date postmarked: 7 [?] 1829

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 13

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 528(a)

Fol(s).: 87-8

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the publication of one of Godwin's works

Incipit: If we had seen the MS...

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fol. 87v

fol. 88v

[Mary Bryan Bedingfield] to [William Godwin]

Date written: c. 1829

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 13

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 529(a)

Fol(s).: 89

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Fragment, asking [Godwin] to read 'Longhollow'

Incipit: I have taken the liberty...

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fol. 89v

Washington Irving to [William Godwin]

Date dated: 16 Jan. 1830

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 13

Former shelfmark: Additional

Fol(s).: 90-1

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning one of [Godwin's] works; et al.

Incipit: I must ask your pardon for...

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fol. 90v

fol. 91r

fol. 91v

Washington Irving to [William Godwin]

Date written: 30 Jan. 1830

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 13

Former shelfmark: Additional

Fol(s).: 92-3

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning letters from the United States; lack of offers for [Godwin's] novel; et al.

Mentions [Peter Irving]; Carvell; [?Henry] Carey; [Fletcher] Harper and [James] Harper

Incipit: Within these two days...

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fol. 92v

fol. 93r

William Shoberl to [William Godwin]

Date written: 13 Feb. 1830

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 13

Former shelfmark: Dep.b.214/6(a)

Fol(s).: 94

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the publication of 'Cloudesley' (1830)

Mentions [Henry] Colburn; [Richard] Bentley

Incipit: I am requested by Messers...

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[?William] Martin to William Godwin

Date written: 27 Feb. 1830

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 13

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 229/9

Fol(s).: 95

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Fragment of an invitation to Godwin

(Also includes a note on taste in William Godwin's hand)

Incipit: [?W]. Martin...

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fol. 95v

Julian Hibbert to [William Godwin]

Date written: Tue., 1 June 1830

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 13

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 227/4(d)

Fol(s).: 96r-v

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Hibbert hopes to educate [Percy Florence] Shelley

Incipit: I hope you will excuse...

Note: Possibly from the philanthropist and lexicographer Julian Hibbert

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fol. 96v

[William Godwin] to [Julian Hibbert]

Date written: 3 June 1830

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 13

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 227/4(d)

Fol(s).: 96v

Document type: fair copy or draft, in the hand of William Godwin

Contents

Refusing Hibbert's offer to tutor Godwin's grandson

Incipit: I have laid your letter...

Note: Possibly to the philanthropist and lexicographer Julian Hibbert

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Geo[rge] Grayson to William Godwin

Date written: 14 July 1830

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 13

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 229/2(a)

Fol(s).: 97-8

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Request for the payment of Godwin's rent

(Also includes notes (a list of portraits) in William Godwin's hand)

Mentions Mr Hanley

Incipit: I have received instructions...

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fol. 97v

fol. 98v

James Mackintosh to William Godwin

Date written: Fri., 20 Aug. 1830

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 13

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/6

Fol(s).: 99-100

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Asking Godwin to call

(Also includes notes (the name D[ionysius] Lardner) in William Godwin's hand)

Incipit: I have always a real Gratification...

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fol. 100v

Dionysius Lardner to William Godwin

Date written: 26 Aug. 1830

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 13

Former shelfmark: Dep.b.214/6(a)

Fol(s).: 101-2

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Apologizing for business preventing Lardner from visiting.

(Also includes notes in William Godwin's hand)

Incipit: Dr Lardner presents his...

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fol. 102v

James Mackintosh to William Godwin

Date written: Fri., 27 Aug. 1830

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 13

Former shelfmark: Dep.b.214/6(a)

Fol(s).: 103

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Regarding information conveyed to Dr [Dionysius] Lardner

Incipit: I said all that occurred to me...

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fol. 103v

Dionysius Lardner to William Godwin

Date written: 28 Aug. 1830

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 13

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/6

Fol(s).: 104-5

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Turning down a series of essays proposed by Godwin for the 'Cabinet Cyclopoedia'

Incipit: Dr. Lardner presents his compliments...

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fol. 104v

fol. 105v

Dionysius Lardner to William Godwin

Date written: 31 Aug. 1830

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 13

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/5(a)

Fol(s).: 106-7

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Concerning Godwin's proposal for a work to be published [in the Cabinet Cyclopoedia]

Mentions Messrs Longman

Incipit: Dr. Lardner presents his...

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fol. 107v

[?] N [?Traford] to [William Godwin]

Date written: 7 Sept. 1830

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 13

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/6

Fol(s).: 108

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Turning down a projected work

Incipit: After the conversation which passed...

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fol. 108v

Dionysius Lardner to William Godwin

Date written: 15 Sept. 1830

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 13

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/6

Fol(s).: 109-10

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Concerning Godwin's proposal to write a series of essays for the Cabinet Cyclopoedia

Incipit: Dr. Lardner presents his compliments...

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fol. 109v

fol. 110v

William Godwin to ?

Date written: 2 Oct. 1830

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 13

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/5(a)

Fol(s).: 111

Document type: original or fair copy, signed

Contents

Introducing the bearer; requesting the recipient show the bearer around Paris

Incipit: The bearer is a young man who...

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Richard Taylor to William Godwin

Date postmarked: 18 Oct. 1830

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 13

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/6

Fol(s).: 112-13

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the joint publication of one of Godwin's works; suggestion of having Godwin's portrait engraved for the work

Mentions [?Effingham] Wilson

Incipit: I have seen Mr. Wilson twice...

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fol. 113v

James Mackintosh to William Godwin

Date written: Sat., [1830-1832]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 14

Former shelfmark: Dep.b.214/6(a)

Fol(s).: 1-2

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Regarding Godwin's request that Mackintosh contact the Speaker of the House

Mentions Lord Grey [Charles] Grey

Incipit: I did not receive your note...

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fol. 1r

fol. 1v

fol. 2v

Richard Taylor to William Godwin

Date written: 26 Jan. [1830-36]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 14

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 229/9

Fol(s).: 3

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Encloses an address for Godwin's use

(Also includes notes on beauty etc. in William Godwin's hand)

Incipit: I inclose the address...

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fol. 3v

Effingham Wilson to William Godwin

Date written: 12 Feb. 1831

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 14

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 532/3

Fol(s).: 4-5

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the re-publication of Walter Scott's novels; et al.

(Also includes notes (a book plan?) in William Godwin's hand)

Incipit: Your favour of the 9th reached...

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fol. 4v

fol. 5r

fol. 5v

John Rickman to [William Godwin]

Date written: 17 Feb. 1831

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 14

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/6

Fol(s).: 6

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a prospective visit to [Godwin]

Incipit: I have received yours - but it...

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fol. 6r

Charles Ollier to William Godwin

Date postmarked: 25 Apr. 1831

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 14

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/6

Fol(s).: 7-8

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a publishing proposal from Godwin

Mentions [Richard] Bentley; [Henry] Colburn

Incipit: Late on Saturday evening...

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fol. 7v

fol. 8v

Geo[rge] Grayson to William Godwin

Date written: 9 July 1831

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 14

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 227/4(d)

Fol(s).: 9

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Regarding Godwin's rent

Incipit: I have received Instructions...

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William Godwin (junior) to William Godwin

Date written: 18 Aug. 1831

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 14

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 227/4(d)

Fol(s).: 10-11

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Recounting a conversation with William Sadler

Incipit: I think it is a long time since I...

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fol. 10v

fol. 11r

fol. 11v

W[illiam] Blackwood to William Godwin

Date dated: 24 Feb. 1832

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 14

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 527(d)

Fol(s).: 12

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Blackwood's willingness to receive contributions; et al.

Incipit: Alas [?will] the Mag....

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William Cooke to William Godwin

Date written: 12 Dec. 1832

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 14

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/6

Fol(s).: 13-14

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a seal-impression of Godwin's likeness; phrenology; death of [William Godwin (junior)]; et al.

Incipit: I was gratified in the highest...

Note: Possibly from the surgeon and writer William Cooke?

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fol. 13v

fol. 14r

fol. 14v

Adelaide O'Keeffe to William Godwin

Date written: 5 July 1833

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 14

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/6

Fol(s).: 15-16

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Seeking Godwin's assistance in producing two of [John O'Keeffe's] plays

Mentions [Alfred] Bunn

Incipit: When my late Father and I had the Honor...

The next item in chronological sequence is: William Godwin to James Justinian Morier, 14 July 1833, in MS. Shelley adds. c. 13 (acquired separately).

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fol. 15v

fol. 16r

fol. 16v

John Rickman to [William Godwin]

Date written: 19 July 1833

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 14

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/2(c)

Fol(s).: 17

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Attempting to heal a rift between Godwin and "C.L"

Mentions C.L., possibly Charles Lamb

Incipit: I am glad that the Negative...

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fol. 17v

Rammohun Roy to [William Godwin]

Date written: 10 Aug. 1833

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 14

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 527(d)

Fol(s).: 18-19

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the term 'Magi'; et al.

Incipit: I had on the 27th of July the pleasure...

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fol. 18v

fol. 19r

Thomas Campbell to William Godwin

Date written: Sat., 19 Oct. 1833

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 14

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 527(d)

Fol(s).: 20

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning information from Godwin about an actress; et al.

Incipit: Though your oral information about...

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John Howard Payne to William Godwin

Date written: 30 Nov. 1833

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 14

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 527(d)

Fol(s).: 21-2

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the publication of one of Godwin's novels in the United States; a portrait of Godwin by Rand; the divorce of [Aaron] Burr

(Also includes notes (arithmetic) in William Godwin's hand)

Mentions Thomas Cooper

Incipit: I have written a letter or two which I...

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fol. 21v

fol. 22r

fol. 22v

F[rancis] Douce to William Godwin

Date postmarked: 1833

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 14

Former shelfmark: Dep .b. 214/3

Fol(s).: 23-4

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning early editions of two volumes, 'Mensa' by ?Scott and 'Conde Lucanor' by Don Juan Manuel

Incipit: I am at a loss to know what edition of...

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fol. 23v

fol. 24v

Samuel Rogers to William Godwin

Date written: Sun., [1833-1836]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 14

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 529(c)

Fol(s).: 25-6

Document type: original, signed

Contents

An invitation to dine

Incipit: If by any chance...

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John Wilson to William Godwin

Date written: 4 Feb. 1834

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 14

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 514(a)

Fol(s).: 27-8

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Godwin's reading of Wilson's 'Mems of a Peripatetic' [sic]

Incipit: I have the pleasure of forwarding you my M.S....

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fol. 27v

fol. 28r

fol. 28v

N. J. Smith to William Godwin

Date written: 5 Mar. 1834

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 14

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/2(c)

Fol(s).: 29-30

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Proposing a subscription to improve the condition of [Mary] Wollstonecraft's grave

(Also includes notes (on French aristocracy) in William Godwin's hand)

Incipit: I this Day had an opportunity of...

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fol. 29v

fol. 30r

fol. 30v

William Cooke to William Godwin

Date written: 7 Mar. 1834

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 14

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/2(c)

Fol(s).: 31-2

Document type: original, signed

Contents

On Cooke's admiration for Godwin

Incipit: You have been so much...

Note: Possibly from the surgeon and writer William Cooke?

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fol. 32r

fol. 32v

Joseph Hume to [William Godwin]

Date written: 11 July 1834

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 14

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 527(d)

Fol(s).: 33

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Thanking [Godwin] for sending his 'Lives of the Necromancers' (1834)

Incipit: I thank you for your Necromancers...

Note: Possibly the politician Joseph Hume or the writer and translator Joseph Hume

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Thomas ?Sumerdale to William Godwin

Date written: 22 July 1834

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 14

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/1(d)

Fol(s).: 34

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Refusing Godwin's application for free theatre tickets

Mentions [Samuel] Arnold

Incipit: It is Mr. Arnold's desire that I...

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Charles Grey to William Godwin

Date written: 25 July 1834

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 14

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 227/4(d)

Fol(s).: 35

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Regarding Godwin's position in the Office of the Receipt of HM's Exchequer

Mentions Lord Grey [Charles] Grey; Mr Wood

Incipit: I am directed by Lord Grey...

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Samuel Rogers to [William Godwin]

Date written: 4 Aug. 1834

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 14

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 527(d)

Fol(s).: 36

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Introducing Monsieur de Bonnechose

(Also includes notes (names and dates) in William Godwin's hand)

Mentions Bonnechose

Incipit: Pray forgive me if I venture...

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[William Godwin] to [Mary Jane Godwin]

Date written: Sat., 9 Aug. [1834]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 14

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 227/4(b)

Fol(s).: 37

Document type: original or fair copy, signed

Contents

Godwin's recent schedule; health

Mentions [Mary] Shelley; Percy [Florence Shelley]; James White

Incipit: I was extremely happy...

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J C Hudson to William Godwin

Date written: n.d.

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 14

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/5(a)

Fol(s).: 38r

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Making an appointment

Incipit: I will be with you...

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[William Godwin] to John Newport

Date written: 11 Nov. 1834

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 14

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/5(a)

Fol(s).: 38v

Document type: fair copy or draft, in the hand of William Godwin

Contents

Concerning the use of an apartment for a study

Incipit: I cannot allow myself to pass over...

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William Cooke to William Godwin

Date written: 5 Dec. 1834

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 14

Former shelfmark: Dep .b. 214/3

Fol(s).: 39-40

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the death of Cooke's son, an acquaintance of Godwin's

Mentions [Mary Jane] Godwin; Mrs Cooke

Incipit: I take up my pen to address...

Note: Possibly from the surgeon and writer William Cooke?

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fol. 39v

fol. 40r

fol. 40v

L[ouisa] Kenney to William Godwin

Date written: 12 Dec. [1834]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 14

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 229/10

Fol(s).: 41-2

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Encloses an address for Godwin's use

(Also includes notes on [?Francis] Bacon in William Godwin's hand)

Mentions [Louisa] Badams

Incipit: Mr Badarn's address is...

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William Godwin to William Cooke

Date written: 16 Dec. 1834

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 14

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 513(b)

Fol(s).: 43

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the death of Cooke's son

Mentions [Mary Jane] Godwin

Incipit: I beg to acknowledge my...

Note: Possibly to the surgeon and writer William Cooke?

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fol. 43v

C[?handos] Leigh to [William Godwin]

Date written: Wed., [1834-1836]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 14

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 229/10

Fol(s).: 44

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Fragment, sending somebody 'Deloraine' and the 'Necromancy'

(Also includes a note (possibly related to 'Genius of Christianity Unveiled') in William Godwin's hand)

Incipit: poorly. I am going...

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Thomas F. Freemantle to [William Godwin]

Date dated: 9 Feb. 1835

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 14

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 528(a)

Fol(s).: 45

Document type: original, signed

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Fragment? Concerning the appointment of Godwin as yeoman usher

Incipit: I am also directed to state that...

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[-] Skinner to William Godwin

Date written: Tue., 10 Mar. [1835]

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 14

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 229/10

Fol(s).: 46

Document type: original, unsigned

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Invitation

(Also includes notes (probably on 'Genius of Christianity Unveiled') in William Godwin's hand)

Incipit: Mrs Skinner at home...

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John Rickman to William Godwin

Date written: 18 Mar. 1835

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 14

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 229/2(a)

Fol(s).: 47-8

Document type: original, signed

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Invitation to dine

(Also includes notes (an appointment diary?) in William Godwin's hand)

Incipit: It is long since I have...

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? to William Godwin

Date written: 2 Apr. 1835

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 14

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 529(c)

Fol(s).: 49-50

Document type: original, signed

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Concerning ?an application

Mentions A[ndrew] Picken

Incipit: I have to acknowledge your letter...

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John Wilson to William Godwin

Date written: 14 June 1835

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 14

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 528(a)

Fol(s).: 51-2

Document type: original, signed

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Concerning Wilson's welfare and employment

Mentions Mr Smith

Incipit: I cannot adequately express my deep...

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fol. 52v

Muir, Gowans & Co. to William Godwin

Date written: 20 Oct. 1835

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 14

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 811/1

Fol(s).: 53

Document type: original, signed

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Concerning the publication of the 'Life and Trial of Mr Joseph Gerrald '

Incipit: We are now engaged in publishing...

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[John] Macrone to William Godwin

Date written: Thur., c. 1835

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 14

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 529(c)

Fol(s).: 54-5

Document type: original, signed

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Concerning sales of a publication

(Also includes brief assorted notes in William Godwin's hand)

Incipit: I feel the becoming pride of a young...

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fol. 55v

[William Godwin] to Joseph Fawcett

Date written: n.d.

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 14

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 227/3(b)

Fol(s).: 56

Document type: ?original, unsigned

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Arranging a meeting

(Also includes sums and lists of names and page numbers, in William Godwin's hand)

Mentions Leon[ard] Munnings

Incipit: I dine at the [?J]ury coffee house...

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fol. 56v

[William Godwin] and [Mary Jane Godwin] to William Godwin (junior)

Date written: n.d.

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 14

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 227/3(b)

Fol(s).: 57-8

Document type: original, unsigned

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Regarding the recipient's questions about Walter Scott, [George Gordon] Byron and Alexander Boswell; Fragment of a postscript in the hand of Mary Jane Godwin

Incipit: was no spontaneity...

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fol. 58r

fol. 58v

James Broughton to [William Godwin]

Date written: Mon., n.d.

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 14

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/6

Fol(s).: 59-60

Document type: original, signed

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Concerning [Godwin's] suggestions on "Ancient British Drama"; Broughton's publication

Incipit: Allow me to thank you for...

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fol. 60r

fol. 60v

James Broughton to William Godwin

Date written: n.d.

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 14

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 529(c)

Fol(s).: 61-2

Document type: original, signed

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Concerning Marlowe and 'Dr. Faustus'

(Also includes notes (historical subject) in William Godwin's hand)

Incipit: At length I have finished another...

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fol. 62r

fol. 62v

Anthony Carlisle to William Godwin

Date written: n.d.

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 14

Former shelfmark: Dep .b. 214/3

Fol(s).: 63

Document type: original, signed

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Concerning the health of one of Godwin's children

Incipit: I think you would not do...

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[Thomas Cooper] to William Godwin

Date : n.d.

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 14

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/1(a) (fasc 1)

Fol(s).: 64

Document type: original, unsigned

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Concerning somebody who has insulted Cooper

Incipit: He called me foolish wretch...

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[Thomas Cooper] to [William Godwin]

Date : n.d.

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 14

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/1(a) (fasc 2)

Fol(s).: 65-8

Document type: original, unsigned

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Concerning Cooper's acting; American reports of Godwin

Mentions [?John Philip] Kemble; [?George Frederick] Cooke; Holman; [?Thomas] Harris

Incipit: I received your letter dated...

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fol. 66r

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fol. 67r

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fol. 68r

fol. 68v

John Philpot Curran to William Godwin

Date written: 8 July n.y.

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 14

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/8(a)

Fol(s).: 69

Document type: original, signed

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Enclosing a bill; Curran's health; et al.

Mentions Frederick Guest; John Bird

Incipit: I enclose a bill of Fredk...

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John Philpot Curran to William Godwin

Date written: n.d.

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 14

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/8(a)

Fol(s).: 70

Document type: original, initialled

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Concerning a married couple; et al.

Incipit: I have been much shock'd...

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John Philpot Curran to William Godwin

Date postmarked: 15 Oct. n.y.

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 14

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/8(a)

Fol(s).: 71-2

Document type: original, signed

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Concerning Curran's travelling plans; et al.

Mentions ?Mary Jane Godwin

Incipit: I fear I must decamp...

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fol. 72r

fol. 72v

John Philpot Curran to William Godwin

Date written: 8 Aug. n.y.

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 14

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/8(a)

Fol(s).: 73

Document type: original, signed

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Response to a letter from Godwin concerning ?Bourke et al.

Mentions ?Bourke, possibly Richard Bourke

Incipit: I was never much more...

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John Philpot Curran to William Godwin

Date written: 6 Nov. n.y.

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 14

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 507/1

Fol(s).: 74

Document type: original, signed

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Concerning Curran's escape from an accident; enquiring into the circumstances of the Charter-house; et al

Incipit: Just arrived safe after...

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William Henry Curran to [William Godwin]

Date written: Sun, 22 Oct. n.y.

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 14

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 507/2

Fol(s).: 75

Document type: original, signed

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Asking [Godwin] to vouch for a barrister

Mentions Mr Garratt

Incipit: I felt much obliged by...

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S. C[?ur]son to William Godwin

Date written: Fri., n.d.

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 14

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 229/4(a)

Fol(s).: 76-7

Document type: original, signed

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Invitation to visit

(Also includes notes (literary criticism and history) in William Godwin's hand)

Incipit: If Mr Godwin is disengaged...

Note: Possibly from Sarah Curran ?

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fol. 76v

fol. 77r

fol. 77v

S. C[?ur]son to William Godwin

Date dated: 15 Nov. n.y.

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 14

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/2(c)

Fol(s).: 78-9

Document type: original, signed

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Concerning the persuasiveness of Godwin's arguments

Incipit: I was sorry not to find...

Note: Possibly from Sarah Curran?

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fol. 79v

F. Damiani to [William Godwin]

Date written: Mon., 19 July n.y.

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 14

Former shelfmark: Dep .b. 214/3

Fol(s).: 80

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Providing a translation from Italian

Incipit: The first of the three Italian...

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Thomas Davison to William Godwin

Date written: n.d.

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 14

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 215/6

Fol(s).: 81-2

Document type: original, signed

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Concerning publisher's proofs

Mentions [Richard] Phillips

Incipit: I have been obliged...

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Thomas Davison to William Godwin

Date written: Mon., n.d.

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 14

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 229/7

Fol(s).: 83-4

Document type: original, signed

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Note of availability for a visit from Godwin

(Also includes notes (historical subjects) in William Godwin's hand)

Incipit: If you will call on me at...

Note: Possibly from the print tract-seller Thomas Davison

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Henry Dibbin to William Godwin

Date written: n.d.

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 14

Former shelfmark: Dep .b. 214/3

Fol(s).: 85

Document type: original, signed

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Requesting Godwin's opinion on a piece of Dibbin's writing

Incipit: As I understand my...

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F[rancis] Douce to [William Godwin]

Date written: 4 Dec. n.y.

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 14

Former shelfmark: Dep.b.214/6(a)

Fol(s).: 86

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a request for information on books on the Albigenses and Waldenses

Mentions Simon de Montfort; Dudley

Incipit: I have not been able sooner...

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fol. 86v

[George Dyson] to William Godwin

Date written: n.d.

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 14

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/9(a)

Fol(s).: 87-8

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Concerning Dyson's character and vices

Mentions [?George] Robinson

Incipit: You have a polite manner...

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fol. 88r

fol. 88v

George Dyson to William Godwin

Date written: Sat., n.d.

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 14

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/9(a)

Fol(s).: 89-90

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the remembrance of an (unknown) woman [possibly Mary Wollstonecraft]

(Also includes notes (two miscellaneous lists) in William Godwin's hand)

Mentions ?John Horne Tooke; [Basil] Montagu

Incipit: In this uncertainty of the weather...

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fol. 90r

fol. 90v

[George Dyson] to William Godwin

Date postmarked: 2[?] Sept. n.y.

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 14

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/9(a)

Fol(s).: 91-2

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

On Godwin's attempt to cajole him; engagements

Mentions [Sarah] Siddons

Incipit: Of all the engines knaves...

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fol. 92r

fol. 92v

[George Dyson] to William Godwin

Date written: n.d.

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 14

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/9(a)

Fol(s).: 93-4

Document type: original, unsigned

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Concerning a difference in opinion

Also includes editor's note by Mary Jane Godwin

Mentions [Thomas] Holcroft

Incipit: Your information of the...

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fol. 94r

fol. 94v

[George Dyson] to [William Godwin]

Date written: n.d.

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 14

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 227/2(d)

Fol(s).: 95

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Concerning a final split between writer and recipient

Incipit: My hours too are precious...

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C. Este to [William Godwin]

Date written: 21 Nov. n.y.

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 14

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 514(b)

Fol(s).: 96-7

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning an appointment

Mentions [Sarah] Siddons

Incipit: It does so happen...

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Eliza Fenwick to William Godwin

Date written: Mon, n.d.

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 14

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/8(f)

Fol(s).: 98-9

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Apology for being indiscreet, complaint at Godwin's reaction

Mentions [Charles] Lamb; [Mary] Lamb; [Ralph] Fell

Incipit: I acknowledge, & with...

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fol. 99r

fol. 99v

John Fenwick to William Godwin

Date written: Mon., n.d.

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 14

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 229/6(a)

Fol(s).: 100-1

Document type: original, initialled

Contents

Concerning a pamphlet written by Fenwick

(Also includes notes (on 'Antonio' (1800)) in William Godwin's hand)

Incipit: I leave a few pages of my pamphlet...

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fol. 101r

fol. 101v

John Fenwick to [William Godwin]

Date written: Thur., n.d.

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 14

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 229/9

Fol(s).: 102

Document type: original, initialled

Contents

Invitation

(Also includes notes on morality etc. in William Godwin's hand)

Incipit: Y[ou]r serv[an]t tells me...

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Lord Holland, Henry Vassall Fox to [William Godwin]

Date received: 26 Feb. n.y.

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 14

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/8(e)

Fol(s).: 103-4

Document type: original, signed

Contents

On a loan to Godwin and Holland's name appearing in the subscription

Mentions Lord Thanet [Sackville] Tufton; Duke of Devonshire, either William Cavendish (6th Duke) or William Cavendish (5th Duke); Lord [Peter] Cowper; [Douglas] Kinnaird

Incipit: As I have not spoken to...

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Lord Holland, Henry Vassall Fox to [William Godwin]

Date written: 13 May n.y.

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 14

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/8(e)

Fol(s).: 105

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Notice of availability of further sum of £300 as loan to Godwin

Incipit: Before this letter can reach you...

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Henry Vassall Fox to [William Godwin]

Date written: 19 May n.y.

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 14

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/8(e)

Fol(s).: 106-7

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Notice of availablility of more money for Godwin; et al.

Mentions [Douglas] Kinnaird

Incipit: On Friday next there...

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Lord Holland, Henry Vassall Fox to William Godwin

Date written: 16 Dec. n.y.

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 14

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 514(b)

Fol(s).: 108-9

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a composition by Godwin in the Morning Chronicle

Incipit: I have been in some doubt...

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Daniel Gaskell and Mary Gaskell to William Godwin

Date written: Wed., 18 ?, n.d.

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 14

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 229/10

Fol(s).: 110

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Invitation

(Also includes notes (probably on 'The Genius of Christianity') in William Godwin's hand)

Incipit: Mr & Mrs. D. Gaskell...

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Sophia Gent to [William Godwin]

Date written: Thur., n.d.

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 14

Former shelfmark: Dep .b. 214/3

Fol(s).: 111

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning a portrait Sophia Gent is painting of [Godwin]

Mentions Mr Gent

Incipit: I was Extremely gratified...

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Ann Godwin to William Godwin

Date written: n.d.

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 14

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 516/1

Fol(s).: 112

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning the death of Sothren

Mentions [?Hannah] Sothren; [Philip] Hull [Godwin]; Mr & Mrs Sothren; Mr & Mrs Haton; Widow Nutter; Aunt Barker; Mr Hall

Incipit: Sothren pass'd out of this life...

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[Hannah Godwin] to William Godwin

Date written: n.d.

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 14

Former shelfmark: Dep. b. 214/9(c)

Fol(s).: 113

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Concerning their mother's health

Mentions [Ann Godwin]; [Philip] Hull [Godwin]

Incipit: I had a letter from Hull yesterday...

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[Hannah Godwin] to [William Godwin]

Date written: n.d.

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 14

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 508

Fol(s).: 114-15

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Fragment concerning [William Godwin's] employment, marriage prospects

Mentions [Hannah] Sothren; Mr & Miss Jay

Incipit: I really do not remember...

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fol. 115r

fol. 115v

Hannah Godwin to [William Godwin]

Date written: n.d.

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 14

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 508

Fol(s).: 116

Document type: original, initialled

Contents

Fragment, concerning H Godwin's friendship with Mr Pate

Incipit: your advice my dear...

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H[enry] Grattan to [William Godwin]

Date written: 17 Feb. n.y.

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 14

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 507/3

Fol(s).: 117-18

Document type: original, signed

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Wishing [Godwin] success in his plan; et al.

Mentions Mr Hutchins

Incipit: Your letter of the 11th I did not see...

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fol. 118r

George Hardinge to William Godwin

Date written: Mon., n.d.

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 15

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 526/2

Fol(s).: 1-3

Document type: original, signed

Contents

Concerning Hardinge's address; an Elizabeth Inchbald play 'Everyone Has His Fault'; et al.

Also includes editor's comments by Mary Jane Godwin

Incipit: I believe that I gave you a...

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fol. 2r

fol. 2v

fol. 3r

fol. 3v

[George Hardinge] to [William Godwin]

Date written: n.d.

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 15

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 526/2

Fol(s).: 4-5

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Concerning the basis of the character of Harmony in Elizabeth Inchbald 's 'Everyone Has His Fault'; et al.

Also includes editor's comments by Mary Jane Godwin

Incipit: It had never struck me that...

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fol. 4r

fol. 4v

fol. 5r

fol. 5v

[-] Harral to William Godwin

Date written: Fri., n.d.

Shelfmark: MS. Abinger c. 15

Former shelfmark: Dep. c. 766/2

Fol(s).: 6

Document type: original, unsigned

Contents

Hoping to write a brief biography of Godwin in a new book

Incipit: Mr. Harral being on the eve of...

Note: Possibly from Thomas Harral , author

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A[?braham] Hayward to [William Godwin]

Date written: 17 May n.y.

Shelfmark: