Three letters from William Godwin, two to William Hone and one to Charles Ollier

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Shelfmark: MS. Shelley adds. c. 13, fols. 19-23
Title: Three letters from William Godwin, two to William Hone and one to Charles Ollier
Dates of Creation: 10 Feb 1819 and 8 Oct 1821; 22 Sep 1831
Extent: 5 leaves
Language(s) of Material: English


William Godwin (1756 –1836) was an English journalist, political philosopher and novelist.

Scope and Content

Brief letters from William Godwin to the London publishers and writers William Hone (fols. 19 and 20) and Charles Ollier (fol. 21), the last with an addition on its verso of a corrected draft, not in Ollier’s hand, of the start of a story headed ‘The pirate’s Treasure’; with (fols. 22-23) two associated modern index-cards.


fol. 19r

fol. 19v

fol. 20r

fol. 20v

fol. 21r

fol. 21v

Related Material

See also the Abinger catalogue of the correspondence and papers of the Godwin and Shelley families (MS. Abinger b. 1-6; c. 1-31, 31*, 32-92; d. 1-38; e. 1-69); the Shelley collection of manuscripts and relics (MSS. Shelley c. 1, d. 1-3, e. 1-6; Shelley relics (a)-(g)); and the additional Shelley papers (MSS. Shelley adds. a. 1 (R), b. 1-2, c. 2-16, d. 1-19, e. 1-27, f. 1-5; MSS. Shelley Deeds c. 1-23; Shelley Relics (h)-(j), 1-35).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased at Sotheby’s, 14 Jul 2015, lot 84, through The Friends of the Bodleian.

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library MS. Shelley adds. c. 13, fol. 19

Access Point(s)

Godwin | William | 1756–1836 | writer

English literature -- 19th century

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