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William Godwin: his Friends and Contemporaries
Ch. XI. 1798
Ann Hull Godwin to William Godwin, [1798]

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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[Wood Dalling, 1798.]

My dear Wm.—I’m a poor letter writer at best, but now worse than ever. After thanking yo. for yr. genteel present of the Memoirs of yr. wife. Excuse me saying Providence certainly knows best, the fountain of wisdom cannot err. He that gave life can take it away, and none can hinder, and tho we see not his reasons now, we shall see them hereafter. I hope yo. are taught by reflection your mistake concerning marriage, there might have been two children that had no lawful wright to anything yt. was their fathers, with a thousand other bad consequences, children and wives crying about ye streets without a protector. You wish, I dare say, to keep yr. own oppinion, therefore I shall say no more but wish you and dear babes happy. Dose little Mary thrive? or she weaned? You will follow your wives direction, give them a good deal of air, and have a good oppertunity, as yo. live out of ye. Smoke of the city. You will be kind enough to let yr. Sister know Mr and Mrs G. and self wish to know if she recd. a box with eggs whole, they were all new, and sundry trifels I sent her, with a new piece of print for my grand-daughter Mary for a gown, with 2/6 to pay for the making, a pr. little
Stockens and Hat for yr. Ch. 16 March last. Am greatly concerned to hear yr.
Bro. has lost his place at Wright’s; am affraid it’s from the old cause; Seneca’s morals he bostes off is not sufficient, there is something else wanting of greater moment and importance. I dont write to him because he gives me such hard names, as that I don’t act up to the carrector my blessed Saviour has set me, &c., though I wish him well, and think I discharge my duty towards him. He wrote me word he wish’d he had done with Sirvitude or with life, I’m afraid he is prepared for neither. I have been burning a great number of old letters, but when I came to yours, it was with great reluctance that I destroyed them, there is such a kind and benevolent spirit in them towards your dear S. and J. in their necessities. What a burthen has John been to yo.! Poor creature, what will become of him I tremble to think. He trusts providence, but its in a wrong way, not in ye way of well doing. I have sent him a new shirt for Mr Sothren to send by private hand, directed to Hanh. I coud send him my riding-coat, its so very heavy, and I so very week I cant wear it, and perhaps Natty a waistcoat, but imagain the use he will make of them will be to lay them in pawn, but so he must if he will, who can help it? Money is of no use, nor is it much otherwise with some others which I shall not name.

“By seling a little Timber, and frugality in my expences, hope to be able a little after Mic[haelmas] to help you and the rest to £10 a-piece, taking yr. notes for it, perhaps will just keep their heads above water. I wd. reserve somthing to keep yr. S. from starving, but yt. will be difficult. If I leave her a place for her life, and she be deep in debt, and have interest to pay, she will be nothing ye. better. I wish you to write very soon by post with your opinion of the matter, and also how Joe conducts himself towards his wife and family. I sent Mary a pritty mourning ring with an emethist and 2 sparks in it; do you ask to see it, also a box for it; hope she will not loose it. Would not wish yo. to declare the contents of my letter: my best wishes attend you and yours. Yr. Bro. Hull and wife and Natt join me in the same, Mrs G. is in ye increesing way; their eldest has got the measels
is very full, but hope no danger. I see in ye news a Miss Foster married of Wisbeach.—From yr. affecate. Mother,

A. G.

“I wish you woud let me know if there is any better way of directing letters or parcels, are they no more than letters to London when directed to Somers Town.

“What I send Han wou’d be glad yo. to be her director what use to make of it. She has told me some former letters she was affraid she sh’d be put to trouble, and often exprest yo. have been a father to her, but it stands yo. in hand to take care of yourself; an aspiring temper will be beat down, while the humble shall be exalted.”