William Godwin's Diary


Turkey had initiated the Russo-Turkish War (1787-92) in August 1787 in an attempt to regain land lost to Russia in previous conflict. The capture of Oczakow by Prince Grigori Potemkin, Catherine II’s Field Marshall, followed a lengthy siege in freezing temperatures and resulted in significant loss of life.

See William Lecky, A History of England in the Eighteenth Century (London: Longmans, Green, and Co, 1887), V.