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William Godwin: his Friends and Contemporaries
Ch. II. 1785-1788
Hannah Godwin to William Godwin, 29 June 1784

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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29th June ’84.

“I send” the letter enclosed “to you by way of introduction to the only lady upon whom I could fix, since you said you should like your sister to chuse you a wife. This was one of the thousand things I intended to tell you, that if you had neither fixed upon any lady yourself, nor sworn to be an old bachelor, I had a friend whom I thought might in every way meet your approbation, and that I hoped that if you thought proper to offer your services they might meet with acceptance, could I but be in London to introduce you. The young lady is in every sense formed to make one of your disposition really happy. She has a pleasing voice, with which she accompanies her musical instrument with judgment. She has an easy politeness in her manners, neither free nor reserved. She is a good housekeeper and a good economist, and yet of a generous disposition. As to her internal accomplish-
ments, I have reason to speak still more highly of them, good sense without vanity, a penetrating judgment without a disposition to satire, good nature and humility, with about as much religion as my
William likes, struck me with a wish that she was my William’s wife. I have no certain knowledge of her fortune, but that I leave for you to learn. I only know her father has been many years engaged in an employment which brings in £500 or £600 per ann., and Miss Gay is his only child. Mr Gay is very much of a gentleman, though one whom you would say savours too much of Methodism. . . . I have only mentioned you as my dearest brother, and added that I wished she were acquainted with you, to which she answered, ‘need I say how much pleasure I should have in an acquaintance with one who is so high in the esteem of my dear Godwin.’

“I would not have you mention her to Jack, nor let him know that I have such friends in town, lest he should impose upon their kindness, for I know their friendship for me would induce them to behave respectfully to him, at the same time that I am sure he would be far from agreeable to them.

“What do you say now, my dear William, to my living with you? I certainly intend coming to live in London, hiring a couple of rooms, which, if agreeable to you, I should like to be in the same house with you, and taking in millinery work. . . . But where shall I get a little money to begin with? I shall want £20, and I have neither money nor credit. O my dear brother, how I please myself with the thought of living with you; you will read to me sometimes when I am at work (will you not?) and instruct me, and make me a clever girl.

“I am, with all my failings,
Your affectionate Sister,
H. Godwin.