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William Godwin: his Friends and Contemporaries
Ch. II. 1785-1788
Willis Webb to William Godwin, 24 February [1788]

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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Feb. 24, [1788].

“I am very much pleased with the academical life; in the University one is at liberty to cultivate whatever branch of learning is most congenial to one’s disposition. In the University one has the opportunity of conversation with men of learning and erudition; we are indulged in every proper liberty, nor have we the mortification of being subjected to illiberal and fruitless restrictions.

“For my part, I chiefly cultivate the classics; to the other
branch I was never much inclined, and though I shall endeavour to make myself master of it, yet I am sure I shall never derive much satisfaction from it. I am surprised that in the present system of education so much attention should be paid to a science which can never produce any real advantage in life to one that is destined for a learned profession.

“I shall conclude, Dear Sir, with my best thanks for the part you had in this affair, and remain, believe me,

“Yours sincerely,
W. Webb.”