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William Godwin: his Friends and Contemporaries
Ch. VII. 1791-1796
Mary Wollstonecraft to Archibald Hamilton Rowan, April 1795

Contents Vol. I
Ch. I. 1756-1785
Ch. II. 1785-1788
Ch. III. 1788-1792
Ch. IV. 1793
Ch. V. 1783-1794
Ch. VI. 1794-1796
Ch. VII. 1759-1791
Ch. VII. 1791-1796
Ch. IX. 1797
Ch. X. 1797
Ch. XI. 1798
Ch. XII. 1799
Ch. XIII. 1800
Contents Vol. II
Ch. I. 1800
Ch. II. 1800
Ch. III. 1800
Ch. IV. 1801-1803
Ch. V. 1802-1803
Ch. VI. 1804-1806
Ch. VII. 1806-1811
Ch. VIII. 1811-1814
Ch. IX. 1812-1819
Ch. X. 1819-1824
Ch. XI. 1824-1832
Ch. XII. 1832-1836
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Havre, April 1795.

My dear Sir,—I wrote a few hasty lines to you just now, before we entered the vessel, and after hurrying myself out of breath—for as I do not like exaggerated phrases, I would not say to death—the awkward pilot ran us aground, so here we are in an empty house; and with the heart and imagination on the wing, you may suppose that the slow march of time is felt very painfully. I seem to be counting the ticking of a clock, and there is no clock here. For these few days I have been busy preparing, now all is done, and we cannot go. If you were to pop in I should be glad, for in spite of my impatience to see a friend who deserves all tenderness, I still have a corner in my heart, where I will allow you a place, if you have no objection. It would give me sincere pleasure to meet you at any future period, and to be introduced to your wife. Pray take care of yourself, and when you arrive let me hear from you. Direct to me at Mr Johnson’s, St Paul’s Churchyard, London, and wherever I may be the letter will not fail to
reach me. You will not find a very comfortable house; but I have left a little store of provisions in a closet, and the girl who assisted in our kitchen, and who has been well paid, has promised to do everything for you. Mr Wheatcroft has all your packages, and will give you all the information and assistance he can. I believe I told you that I offered Mr Russell’s family my house, but since I arrived I find there is some chance of letting it. Will you then, when Mr Wheatcroft informs you in what manner he has settled it, write the particulars to them. I imagine that the house will be empty for a short time to come at any rate, but I found it necessary to take my linen with me, and the good people here sold my kitchen furniture for me. Still I think, as they have many necessaries, they will find this house much more comfortable than an inn. I neither like to say or write adieu. If you see my brother
Charles, pray assure him that I most affectionately remember him. Take every precaution to avoid danger.—Yours sincerely,

Mary Imlay.”