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William Godwin: his Friends and Contemporaries
Ch. VIII. 1811-1814
William Godwin, Diary, 9-25 September 1812

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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Sep. 9, W. Twice to Bagley’s banker: coach Gerards Hall: sup at Slough. Write to Place.

“10, Th. Breakfast at Thatcham: lunch Beckhampton: cyder, Bath: sleep at Bristol, Bush. Fellow travellers; Mrs Major Wms (Picton) rev. Gibbs, spouter, and Mrs Harwood. Write to M. J. [Mrs Godwin.]

“11, F. Call on Gutch: New Passage to Chepstow: Black Rock Inn, Mr and Mrs Griffiths: dine w. Vivian, Beaufort Arms; walk to the Castle. Write to M. J.

“12, Sa. Boat to Tintern; St Peter’s Thumb, Twelve Apostles, Lover’s Leap: dine at Chepstow: walk to Black Rock; adv. Griffiths (al Lewis) and Yescomb. Write to M. J.

“13, Su. Passage, with 12 horses, &c .: return chaise to Bristol: call on Dr Kentish, deceased. Write to Shelley.

“14, M. Call on Gutch, and w. him on Cottle: meet Vivian: w. him Cathedral and Redcliffe: dine at Gutch’s w. Dr Pritchard. Write to M. J.
French enter Moscow.


Sep. 15, Tu. Breakfast at Gutch’s: walk w. him to St Vincent’s: tea Cottle’s: Bradbury’s theatre. Write to M. J., sent Wednesday.

“16, W. Call on Gutch and Shephard: Jane, Capt. Edwards, w. Lawrence and son, Capt. Cotham, Miss Fisher, Mrs Kirkby, &c.

“17, Th. Rainy morning: pass Minehead: turned back by a squall, to Penarth, one mile from Cardiff, where it was proposed by the Captain we should sleep on shore, I believe in a barn. Deliquium.

“18, F. Lynmouth, three in afternoon: eat nothing from Wednesday’s dinner: walk to the Valley of Stones. Deliquium, in bed-chamber.

“19, Sa. Call on Mrs Hooper; see Mrs Sandford: horses to Barnstaple; mall and fair.

“20, Su. Coach w. East-Indian and wife, Capt. Burke, Major Hatherley, Lyndon cripple, &c.: South Molton: dine at Tiverton: Peverel; Wellington: sleep at Taunton. Write to M. J.

“21, M. Breakfast at Somerton: walk and prospect at Castle Carey: Wincaunton; Mere: dine at Hindon: sleep at Salisbury: call on Dowding: Cathedral, moonlight. Write to M. J.

“22, Tu. Del. impm. Call on Dowding, and w. Luxford on Jeffery, picture-dealer: meet Tinney: Cathedral and Close: dine at Luxford’s: sup on Welch Rabbit.

“23, W. Deliquia impa. Call on Dowding and Jeffery: Cathedral, charity-sermon, Bp. &c.: dine at Jeffery’s w. Coates, Finches, Miss Noyes, Long and Luxford: adv. Bushel and Mitty. Write to M. J. Darmany calls.

“24, Th. Call on Dowding and Luxford, Jeffery n. and Coates: chaise to Stonehenge and Amesbury: return do. to Andover; call on Godden, tanner. Write to M. J.


Sep. 25, F. Coach, outside; w. postmaster, Jew, and 2 daughters, D. Hayter of Whitchurch, mechanist: dine at Staines: tea Skinner Street.”