William Godwin's Diary


A Mr Sadler received permission from the Duke of Devonshire to re-ascend in his balloon (with a young lady) on 29 July and it may be that Godwin witnessed the earlier occasion but there is no Times or Morning Chronicle record of that ascent. On the second ascent the following day’s papers were unable to report whether or where the balloon had landed, or what the fate of Mr Sadler and his companion Miss Thompson had been, although the later Hull Packet announced that they had descended in Coggleshall in Essex, some forty miles away.