William Godwin's Diary


'Ml Mu charged his son £2000 for 3 Lettres de Ct' has not been identified. It might be a reference to Mirabeau, whose father regularly used lettres de cachet against him. Newspaper archives for 1788 and 1789 do not appear to contain anything related to this, so it is likely to be something Godwin learnt of word of mouth. Godwin’s entry for this day also notes ‘Dr Price disapproves of Mu's bank’ – this may refer to Mirabeau’s role in proposing the new French currency, the Assignat.

See William Doyle, The Oxford History of the French Revolution, 2nd edn (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002) p. 133.