William Godwin's Diary


Percy Shelley’s bond was auctioned. The bond raised £2,5593-10s. Shelley was not much engaged in the processes needed to secure this sum, but he did agree to secure a marriage certificate with Harriet recognised in an English court, hence his appearance on 22 March at the Doctor’s Commons, and they were remarried the following day. Negotiations to secure the release of the money continued until the final payment was made on 6 July 1814, at which point Shelley announced to Godwin that he would be letting the bookshop have half the sum, while he used the rest to leave his wife and set off to Europe with Godwin’s daughter Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin.

See St Clair, p. 353-4.