William Godwin's Diary


Godwin’s duties in relation to the Exchequer Office are not wholly clear and his notes in the Diary are not easy to decipher. On 20 August 1834 he wrote to Mary Jane Godwin (who was in Kent) that ‘On Monday (18 August, with an entry ‘Exchequer Accounts’) was our pay day at the Exchequer and I got near £20.’ (Abinger Papers, Dep c. 523.88) A slightly earlier letter to Mary Shelley in July 1833 contains a note by Mary Jane in which she referred to their ‘golden days w[ould] be gone soon after quarter day which we suppose falls early in July. £30 must go for G.P. (20 for rent and 10 as bonus).’