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William Godwin: his Friends and Contemporaries
Ch. VII. 1806-1811
Proctor Patrickson to William Godwin, 27 July 1814

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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Cambridge, July 27, 1814.

“Upon my return to this place I found my persecutors more active than they were before I left it. On that account I have determined to confine myself to my lodgings during the day. I take my walks before seven o’clock in the morning, and after dusk in the evening. However, I don’t entirely escape them by staying at home. Many times a day I hear people passing my window say to one another, ‘Mr Patrickson, that came to college upon a subscription, lives there.’ Sometimes this information causes a laugh; among working men commonly anger. They often cry, ‘A damn’d barber’s clerk: I wish he had to work as hard as me!’ This expression ‘barber’s clerk,’ which seems to be an indefinite term of contempt, has, I suppose, been the occasion of some persons, not versed in slang, taking up the idea that I’m the son of a barber. . . .”