William Godwin's Diary


Following the assassination of the prime minister, Spencer Perceval (1762–1812), a new government needed to be formed. A motion to condemn the proposed ministry, which had been put together by the Prince Regent under Robert Banks Jenkinson, second earl of Liverpool (1770–1828), was successfully passed, indicating that the choice of ministers did not have the support of the House. Following negotiations and reshuffling, much the same coalition of ministers was assembled and accepted by a Commons vote on 11 June 1812 with Lord Liverpool becoming prime minister.

Godwin's entry for 6 June, 'Question of the houshold', appears to refer to a debate on whether the composition of the royal household should be altered at the same time as the minstry.

See The Times, 22 May and 12 June 1812 and Morning Chronicle, 10 June 1812.