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William Godwin: his Friends and Contemporaries
Ch. II. 1785-1788
Thomas Holcroft to William Godwin, 4 August 1788

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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London, August 4th, 1788.

“As I know, Dear Sir, you interest yourself in the present desperate (I had almost said despicable) contest, I take it for
granted you will be glad to hear that your favourite,
Lord John Townshend, is elected. I have sent to know the exact state of the poll, but it was impossible to obtain it with certainty. I hear the balance is 823 in favour of Lord John. The universal cry of the Hood party at present is bad votes and Parliamentary scrutiny. I imagine this scene is soon again to be renewed, i.e., at the General Election. The Hoodites publish such long lists of bad votes, and exclaim so loudly, that the vulgar opinion is that the present election will be declared void, which, however, I think improbable. I imagine you received the strange olio I wrote before in the form of a letter. Affairs took another turn, I believe the very day after I wrote. The cry of the mob has uniformly gone with the majority, but this is no newly discovered principle in man. Though my letter required no answer, I begin to fear lest, wanting a more accurate direction, you have not received it; pray be so much of an Irishman as to write an answer to this, whether you receive it or no. I intend to ride down and pay you a visit, if I can, in the course of next week; but I do not suppose it will be more than the visit of a day.—I am, dear Sir, very sincerely yours,

T. Holcroft.”
“Mr Godwin,
at Mr ——, Upholsterer,
Guildford, Surrey.”