Godwin Diary


First entry in Godwin diary (1788-1836 only): 
Friday, 3 October, 1788

3.10.1788 Godwin writes to Lomer & Shaw / 1.9.1790 Shaw at Holcroft's / 10.7.1800 Shaws at Mcnally's (in Ireland) / 1.2.1803 Shaw adv at Museum / 3.7.1804 at Combe's / 6.2.1805 adv at Museum / 11.7.1805 meet Shaw / 31.8.1828 miss Shaw at (Joshua) Robinson's / 22.11.1828 Shaw at (Joshua) Robinson's / 12.3.1831 Shaw at (T P) Cooke's


First entry in Godwin diary (1788-1836 only): 
Sunday, 19 October, 1788

19.10.1788 at Holcroft's

Weston, Penelope Sophia

First entry in Godwin diary (1788-1836 only): 
Sunday, 26 October, 1788

26.10.1788 Weston at Miss Williams' / 27.10.1788 again / 7.1.1789 again / 14.9.1789 again / 11.3.1791 again. Was in 1794 version of Godwin's 1796 list but left out of 1796 version and Baillie later inserted above in same place in list (see Baillie, Matthew)

Swift, Theophilus

First entry in Godwin diary (1788-1836 only): 
Monday, 27 October, 1788

27.10.1788 Swift at Miss Williams' / 12.2.1790 again. Theophilus Swift DNB 1746-1815. See Letters of Anna Seward, ii 129, 285. Although Anna Seward doesn't appear in Godwin's diary she was close to H M Williams and introduced her friends to her, see Weston, Penelope Sophia and Powell, Jane. According to the DNB Swift lived in Dublin but his Female Parliament is prefaced 41 Wigmore St 1.5.1789, and he fought a duel with Colonel Lennox on the Uxbridge Road on 3.7.1789

Clarke, Mrs

First entry in Godwin diary (1788-1836 only): 
Monday, 27 October, 1788

27.10.1788 at Miss Williams' / 30.3.1795 at Barbaulds', with Mrs Barwell both times

Smith, John Raphael

First entry in Godwin diary (1788-1836 only): 
Sunday, 30 September, 1798

30.9.1798 call on mrs Foulkes adv Smiths. see Foulkes, Philippa.  In the Foulkes' divorce proceedings of 1802 John  Raphael Smith (DNB 1751-1812) testified that he had known the Foulkes' for 10 or 11 years and had been very intimate with them in the last 6 years, that Mr & Mrs Foulkes had nearly parted in 1798 and that Smith and his wife had interfered to settle disputes, usually at Mrs Foulkes' entreaty

Montagu, Basil

First entry in Godwin diary (1788-1836 only): 
Saturday, 6 December, 1794

The DNB entry for Basil Montagu is in error about the date Montagu married his 2nd wife, Laura Rush, which was at Glasgow on 6.9.1801. His 3rd wife was clearly the one in entries after 1806, she was famous as Thomas and Jane Carlyle's 'noble lady'.
Although Montagu first appeared in Godwin's 1796 list for 1795, the entry for 6.12.1794 was only a 'see' so may have been him.
The B M on f 46r of Vol VII of Godwin's diary before the 1796 list is surely him, see Montague, Sidney
Amendments to Oxford DNB

Longdill, Pynson Wilmot

First entry in Godwin diary (1788-1836 only): 
Thursday, 20 August, 1807

GODWIN DIARY see his person record in GD website. Godwin first met him in 1807 presumably in his professional capacity as an attorney.. HCR diary 25.4.1818 "Longdale has an almost Jewish face - is a confident talker, high in his politics & manners - and yet a friend of Shelley"

Gawler, John Bellenden

First entry in Godwin diary (1788-1836 only): 
Sunday, 24 March, 1793

SOCIETY FOR CONSTITUTIONAL INFORMATION Capt John Gawler of Horse Guards proposed 16.11.1792 by William Bosville 2nded John Frost
See DNB Bellenden Ker 1764-1842 / Morning Post 3.2.1795 steward of dinner of Friends of Freedom to celebrate outcome of treason trials, J.B.Gawler, Staines / John Bellenden Gawler was prosecuted by Lord Valentia in 1796 for crim con with his wife, see the entry on George Annesley (Lord Valentia) in History of Parliament, and Godwin dined with Gawler at Lady Valentia's on 2/3/1803

Kirkley, Ralph

First entry in Godwin diary (1788-1836 only): 
Friday, 9 August, 1799

Godwin took tea at Kirkley's on 9.8.1799, followed by a call on Elkins. This was Sir Joshua Reynolds' servant Ralph Kirkley, one of whose daughters married at St Marylebone 22.12.1798 William Elkins, a bookseller who went bankrupt in 1800.