William Godwin's Diary


Court of the King's Bench, 27 June, Knight v. Wolcot.

This was an action brought by the plaintiff to recover damages of the Defendant- the poet John Wolcot, then aged 70 (bap. 1738-1819)- for criminal conversation (adultery) with his wife. ‘Lord ELLENBOROUGH shortly summed up the case, about which he observed there was a great deal of improbability; and the Jury, without hesitation, returned a verdict for the Defendant.’

It is possible that Godwin was subpoenaed to give evidence on John Wolcot’s behalf at this case.

See The Times, 29 June 1807.