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William Godwin: his Friends and Contemporaries
Ch. IX. 1812-1819
William Godwin, Diary, 7 April-3 May 1816

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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April 7, Su. Call on Lambert. Mail for York; Adey from Ware.


April 8, M. Breakfast at Huntingdon, smuggling old woman: dine at Newark: tea Doncaster, ex-captain of Militia: sleep, Tavern, York.

“9, Tu. Call on Wolstenholme, Todd and Nicol: walk w. Nicol on the walls (Clifford’s Tower and Jail), Minster and St Mary’s Abbey: Paterson dines. Write to M. J., Fanny, Davison, and Fairley.

“10, W. Dine at Darlington: pass Durham: sleep at Newcastle, intelligent bailiff, pleasing gentleman, Cumberland farmer.

“11, Th. Miss Farkison fr. Mrs Waters: Morpeth: breakfast at Alnwick: dine at Berwick: Pease Bridge: Dunglas: Dunbar: Edinburgh: Fairley sups.

“12, F. Call on Constable; adv. Leslie, Napier, Evanses, Cadel: Castle Hill, Writers’ Library: dinner Mathews, R. Miller, Wrench, Ballantine, Downie, Playfair, Wilson, Buchanan, Thomson, Cadel, and Russell, player.

“13, Sa. Explanation; write to M. J. Shop adv. Forster (clouds), Jeffrey, &c.: walk w. Leslie, Calton Hill and Holyrood House: dinner Matthews, Wrench, Evanses, Leslie, Peter Hill, and G. H. Walker: Buchan’s card.

“14, Su. Write to M. J. Jeffrey and Boswell call: meet Ballantine: Matthews, Wench, Foster, Willison and 2 Cadels dine. Invited by Buchan.

“15, M. Call on Buchan, Fletchers and Murray (w. Fairley), Ferguson, Macdonald, Nairn and Cadel: Holyrood House and Hume w. Mathews: shop, Dalzel, Duncan and Yaniewiczes: dine at Napier’s w. Bruntons, Playfair, Leslie, Pellings.

“16, Tu. Write to M. J. Shop, Morrit, and Boswell: chaise to Kinneal w. Constable and Dr Miller: visit Linlithgow: adv. Miss Cruickshank; sleep.


April 17, W. Ferrier, on Apparitions, pp. 139. Parisina: Knox v. Crosraguel ça la. Sleep.

“18, Th. Return; see Hopetoun House, Roseberry and Barnton Parks: dine at Ballantine’s w. Belcours, Douglases, Leslie, Fraser, and Constable: adv. Ainslie. Deep snow.

“19, F. Write to M. J. Shop, Hepburn and Crawford: call on Raeburn w. R. Miller and Yaniewicz (W. C.): dine at Boswell’s w. Mackenzie and fille, Jeffrey, Brewster, Coventry, L. and C.: invite Cranston.

“20, Sa. Breakfast at Murray’s w. Dewar, Ritchie, Fairley, &c., sit: Heriot’s Hospital: dine at Fletcher’s w. Brown, Craigs, Mr Miller, Miss Miller, and Miss Wilks.

“21, Su. Call on Jeffrey: Playfair calls n. Nicholsons and Jas. Ballantine’s w. Ballantine: Hugh Murray, Jamieson, Willison, and G. H. Walker dine.

“22, M. Breakfast at Ainslie’s w. Dr Ainslie and wife, Mr and Mrs Gray, Clarinda, Constable, &c.: meet Mrs Fletcher: call on Playfair and Dewar: sit: Yaniewiczes, Duncans, Ainslies and Leslie dine.

“23, Tu. Dine at Hepburn’s, Barfoot, w. Macallum, Walker, Hope, Inglis and family: sleep at Oman’s.

“24. W. Breakfast, Yaniewicz’s: shop, Dr Jamieson: Advocates’ Library: meet W. Erskine and R. Miller: call with Mrs Y. on Sir W. D. Gray, Campbell, Dewar, Ritchie, Fairley, &c., dine: Theatre w. Y’s, Duncan, Gordon, &c., sup: sleep at Oman’s, call on Gregoryn.

“25. Th. Breakfast at Brodies, w. Moore and Hepburn: call on Forster: meet Fleming: chaise w. Constable and Ballantine: dine at Abbotsford: sleep.

“26. F. Constable and Ballantine depart: Melrose w. Scott; adv. Buchann. Chas. Erskine and wife dine: take coach at Selkirk.


April 27. Sa. Breakfast at Carlisle: coach to Penrith: chaise along Ulswater: dine at Wordsworth’s: call w. him on Jackson; adv. Wakefield: circuit of Grasmere: Derwent Coleridge dines: write to M. J. and Thos. Moore.

“28. Su. Derwent dines: horse to Kendal: sleep.

“29. M. Coach: breakfast at Lancaster: dine at Preston with Dilworth and Latham: sleep at Manchester.

“30. Tu. Call on Reddish, Dean and Jackson; adv. Kershaw: chaise w. Jackson and Kershaw: dine at Walker’s, Longford, w. do., Mrs Walker, Charles and 2 sisters.

May 1. W. Call on Jackson and Dean, and (w. Kershaw) at Church, College and Hawkes. Coach evening; Stockport, Macclesfield; tea at Leek: sleep at Ashbourne.

“2. Th. Call on Mooren. seek Boothby. Coach: dine at Derby: sleep at Leicester. Write to M. J. grocer from Perth, settled in Leicestershire. Coburg Marriage.

“3. F. Coach: dine at Woburn, w. squirrel-hunt: sleep in Skinner St. H. Robinson calls.”