William Godwin's Diary


Reference unclear. Godwin’s main writing project at the time of this entry is his essay against Malthus, Of Population, which he had commenced writing at the end of 1817. It is possible that he had begun to commit portions to print but, upon revision, realized he was not yet ready to put forth a final text and thus 'stopped press'. Indeed, the work was not published for a further 13 months.

Alternatively, Godwin may have got wind of the decision to introduce the repressive ‘Six Acts’ in the new Parliament, although this was not assembled until 23 November 1819.