William Godwin's Diary

Diary entry for 1790



July 1. Th.

2. F.

3. Sa.

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July 4. Su.

5. M.

6. Tu.

7. W. Finish the foreign history.

8. Th.W. Webb calls.

9. F.

10. Sa.

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July 11. Su.

12. M.

13. Tu. Dine at Hollis's, with Stovin, Lindsey & J H. Call on Mrs Webb & B. Hollis. See Paradise.

14. W. French Revolutione: Stanhope; Sheridan, Tooke, O'Brien, B. Hollis, Geddes, Lindsey, Price, Paradise: sup with Fawcet. “We are particularly fortunate in having you among us; it is having the best cause countenanced by the man, by whom we most wished to see it supported.”

15. Th. Send away 12 pages: Holcroft calls.

16. F.

17. Sa.

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July 18. Su.

19. M.

20. Tu.

21. W.

22. Th.

23. F.J. Hollis calls.

24. Sa.Convention between England and Spaine.

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July 25. Su.

26. M.

27. Tu.Dine at Hollis's, with Disney, Planta, Towers & J. Hollis. Peace between Hungary & Prussiae.Netherlands sacrificed by The alliese.

28. W.

29. Th. Finish N. A. R. 60 pages, early this morning. Holcroft sups.

30. F. Finish correcting the copy: two o'clock.

31. Sa. Go to Blackwal, with Holcroft.


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Aug. 1. Su.

2. M. H. proposes Gazr to M.e

3. Tu.

4. W.

5. Th. Dine at Robinson's: Monkhouse. “I do not think H. too great for the drudgery of translation. There is no comparison between you and him.”

6. F.

7. Sa. D'Orleans & Mirabeau accused by the Châtelet to the National Assemblye

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Aug. 8. Su. Dine at Fenwick's, with Holcroft. See Paradise.

9. M. Act. 3.

10. Tu. Dine at Hollis, with Russel & Towers.

11. W.

12. Th.

13. F.

14. Sa. Peace between Russia & Swedene

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Aug. 15. Su. Dine at Holcroft, with Fenwick.

16. M.

17. Tu.

18. W.

19. Th. T. C. bled, & c. Dr Listere

20. F. sanguis pulmonaria. Call on Dr Listere.

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21. Sa.

No. III.

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Aug. 22. Su. Dine at Holcroft's: sup with him at Fenwick's.

23. M. Dr Lister calls. Blistere.

24. Tu. Dine at Hollis's, with Stovin, Fraser, Garbet junr & J H.

25. W.

26. Th. Family Compact adopted by the National Assemblye

27. Fr.Dr Lister calls.

28. Sa.

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Aug. 29. Su.Holcroft dines.

30. M. Dr Lister calls.

31. Tu.


Oct. 1. F. Call at Webb's, fr.

2. Sa. Impeachment of Mirabeau & d'Orleans dischargede

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Oct. 3. Su.

4. M.

5. Tu. Call on Mr Latter morning & afternoon.

6. W.

7. Th.

8. F.

9. Sa.

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Oct. 10. Su. Dine at Holcroft's: note from Latter.

11. M.Mrs Cooper for Barnet.

12. Tu. Dine at Hollis's, with Belsham & Towers: see Lindsey.

13. W. Dr Lister calls.

14. Th.

15. F.

16. Sa.

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Oct. 17. Su. Dine at Holcroft's.

18. M.

19. Tu.

20. W.Tea miss Williams's, with Holcroft, col. Barry, & Aboyne & mrs Elliot. sup at Holcroft's. Motion for the removal of ministers rejected 403 \ 340e

21. Th. See the pictures at the Adelphi with Holcrofte : dine with him: Nicholson au soir.

22. F.

23. Sa. Finished sketch.

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Oct. 24. Su. Di Holcroft dines.

25. M.

26. Tu.

27. W. Dine at Holcroft's, with Fenwick & Simmons.

28. Th. Convention with Spaine

29. F.

30. Sa.Mrs Holcroft. dies

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Nov. 1 Su. Dine at Holcroft's, with Fenwick. Mrs H. dies.


2. M. Nov. 1.

3.Tu.Dine at Hollis, with Kippis, Towers, Garbets & J Hollis. Inquest.eHolcroft sups.

4. W. Dine at Holcroft's, with Fenwick. Funerale. Shield drinks tea with me . Dr Lister calls.

5. Th.Revolution Society. Price in the chair. Motion by Tooke against nobility: pro. Cooper, Sharpe, Favel: con. Rees, Watson, Towers, Perry, PriceGarrowe.

6. F. Orphan, Fugitive alias Czare

7. Sa.

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Nov. 8. Su. 7. Su.


10. Tu.

11. W. Carry my ms to col. Barry: call on Mrs Webb fr.Act. 1.

12.Th. German Hotele


14. Sa.Poor Soldier, Incledone

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Nov. 15. Su. 14.

16. M.

17.Tu.Col. Barry calls. Dine at Hollis's, with Planta, Perkins & J. H. Carry My ms to Nicholson.

18. W.Better Late than Never e

19. Th.Dr Lister calls.

20. F. Dine at Holcroft's.

21. Sa. J. Hollis calls

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Nov. 21. Su. Dine at Holcroft's. Act. 2.

22. M.Demêlé on of N. & H.e

23. Tu. Venice Preserved, Dibdin's Diverte.

24. W. Dine at Holcroft's

25. Th. Dine at Holcroft's Parliament meetse

26. F. Tea miss Williams's, with Holcroft & Ellison.

27. Sa.Extreme cold.

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Nov. 28. Su. Dine at Holcroft's.

29. M.

30. Tu. Call on Nicholson: Dine at Hollis', with Belcham, Lindsey, Caldecot, Perkins & J. H.Barry au soir.


Dec. 1. W.

2. Th.

3. F. Act. 3.

4. Sa.

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Dec. 5. Su.

6. M.

7. Tu.

8. W. Dine at Holcroft's, with Fenwick, Simmons & Bond.

9. Th.

10. F.

11. Sa.

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Dec. 12. Sa. Dine at Holcrofts

13. M.

14. Tu. Grecian Daughtere. Death of Timothy Hollis.

15. W.

16. Th.

17. F.

18. Sa. Holcroft dines

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Dec. 19. Su.Dine at Holcroft's

20. M. Holcroft dines

21. Tu. Dine at B. Hollis's, with Disney, Thorkelin, Jennings & Mortimer. Towers au soir.

22. W. Call on J Hollis & Robinson: see Mrs Paradise (87), Mr Edwards (5) & B. Hollis. Dine at Holcrofts, his b. d. 45 or 6.e

23. Th. Robinson calls.

24. F.

25. Sa.

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Dec. 26. Su. Dine at Holcroft's, with Fenwick.

27. M. DrLister calls. 4 months.eDine at Steele's, with Lloyd, Trusson & Rutherford.

28. Tu. The story whole in alternate letters between told two confidantes: Miss Woodley relating the story of Dorriforth, & the other the story of Rushbrook

29. W.

30. Th.

31. F.It was in this year that I read & criticised the Simple Story in ms.