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William Godwin: his Friends and Contemporaries
Ch. XI. 1798
John Arnot to William Godwin, 7 November 1798

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Ch. I. 1756-1785
Ch. II. 1785-1788
Ch. III. 1788-1792
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Ch. IX. 1797
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Ch. XI. 1798
Ch. XII. 1799
Ch. XIII. 1800
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Ch. I. 1800
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Ch. V. 1802-1803
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Ch. VIII. 1811-1814
Ch. IX. 1812-1819
Ch. X. 1819-1824
Ch. XI. 1824-1832
Ch. XII. 1832-1836
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Dresden, Wednesday, 7th Nov. 1798.

Dear Sir.—Here I am. Fol lol de rol, nay I will give you the very notes. No I will not; for you don’t care for music, at least for the music that I care for. . . .

“I cannot get a grammar. There is none here. I shall apply very hard, for I wish to be master of the language in 4 months, and then I may go to the Play, and where else I please. I must also study French, which in Dresden is the only language that is spoken in fashionable company. I shall have enough ado. I wish also I had English books, but I cannot have everything while I have no money.

“I don’t recollect whether I mentioned to you that I had brought with me from Edinburgh, sets of the best old Scotch songs. By publishing them here, and perhaps also at Leipsig, or Prague, or Vienna, or at all of these places, I hope not only to procure a subsistence for the winter, but to be able to pay such debts as I
have contracted. Germany as you know is a very musical country, and the Scotch songs are very fine. . . . Adieu, yours sincerely,

“John Arnot.”

P.S.—I heard something of a great victory obtained over the French. If you have any of the old newspapers containing an account of that, or of any other remarkable public occurrence, I shall be obliged to you for them. But first it would be proper to enquire whether it is allowed to send papers abroad, for I would rather want them than run the risk of losing your letters. . . .”