William Godwin's Diary


Relations between the Godwins and their daughters were not re-established following their return to England. Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s diary for this date records that her step-sister, Fanny Imlay (who generally went by the surname Godwin, according to St Clair) told her that Godwin would never speak to her again if she saw Mary. Fanny had, however, called to ask Jane 'Clair' Clairmont to visit her mother whom she said was dying. Jane stayed a night or two, but on 15 November Mary Shelley’s journal records that she (Jane) will not return to Skinner Street.