Godwin Diary

Hewlett, John

First entry in Godwin diary (1788-1836 only): 
Saturday, 27 September, 1788

27.9.1788
In Godwin's 1796 list for 1788 (crossed out) and in 1794 version. GD website has a person record for him but the 1796 list entry is not coded to it.

Soderini

First entry in Godwin diary (1788-1836 only): 
Thursday, 17 July, 1788

Mrs Soderini 17.7.1788.
Joseph Soderini is listed in Highfill, Burnim & Langhan's Biog Dict of Actors &c as a violinist (fl 1758-1794), no details of his wife are given, though he was said to be very ugly
 

Spilsbury, Thomas

First entry in Godwin diary (1788-1836 only): 
Sunday, 6 May, 1792

Spilsbury 6.5.1792; 16.5.1792; and 20.6.1794 - this last a call by Godwin followed by his call on Dorset the next day.
Thomas Spilsbury printer of Snow Hill (see Cooper, John Robinson). 3 other Spilsbury entries in 1809 may hve been the same person.

 

Steel, Jeremiah

First entry in Godwin diary (1788-1836 only): 
Sunday, 26 February, 1804

Steel, baker. 26.2.1804, 27.2.1804 (mrs Steel)&(writes to Steel).
Jeremiah Steel, baker of Lewes (PCC 1819)and his wife Lydia (PCC 1832). They were Quakers and probably known to Godwin through Thomas Clio Rickman who had been ejected from the Lewes meeting for marrying outside the Society. Steel and William Balcombe Langridge (qv) were both subscribers to Rickman's book of poetry.

 

Jacob, Joseph

First entry in Godwin diary (1788-1836 only): 
Saturday, 5 November, 1791

Jacob in Godwin's 1796 list for 1773, in the 1794 version Jacob is preceded by Jos (crossed out). In some of Godwin's autobiographical notes (these ones don't seem to be scanned online, I read them on microfilm Duke MF 75 in Bodleian Library) he wrote "Jacob's - admiration of Jos" shortly after his arrival in London 1773

Holcroft, Henry

First entry in Godwin diary (1788-1836 only): 
Sunday, 12 November, 1815

12.11.1815
Born 3.3.1806. 14.5.1820 (plain Henry), 18.6.1820 and 9.7.1820 should be added to his dates. (His younger sister Ellen doesnt seem to have appeared in Godwin's diary, she was born 15.7.1808). 14.7.1813 could have been him but more likely his older brother Harwood.

 

Holcroft, Harwood

First entry in Godwin diary (1788-1836 only): 
Wednesday, 21 July, 1813

21.7.1813
Son of Thomas Holcroft by his fourth wife Louisa, he was born 1.9.1804.
 

Holcroft, Thomas junior

First entry in Godwin diary (1788-1836 only): 
Thursday, 14 April, 1803

GODWIN DIARY 14.4.1803
Son of Thomas Holcroft and his fourth wife Louisa, he was born on 9.1.1803, married Catherine North at St Marylebone on 9.1.1825, and appeared in the 1841 census living at Nassau St, Soho age 36 Man of Letters with Elizabeth Holcroft age 32 (presumably his second wife). 22.11.1818, 31.1.1819, 12.4.1819 and 31.5.1819 should be added to his dates. Godwin noted him over 50 times between his first marriage and Godwin's death but no sign of Godwin's having met Thomas's wife

Holcroft, Louisa

First entry in Godwin diary (1788-1836 only): 
Friday, 30 July, 1813

GODWIN DIARY 30.7.1813
CRABB ROBINSON DIARY 8.7.1828 at Lambs "found there a Louisa Holcroft - a fine and interesting young woman - seemingly a girl of talents and sweet disposition"
                                   21.3.1829 at John Payne Collier's - Kennys & Mrs Baddam

Holcroft, Villiers

First entry in Godwin diary (1788-1836 only): 
Thursday, 14 April, 1803

14.4.1803
Villiers Holcroft was born 29.12.1799 eldest of the children of Thomas Holcroft and his fourth wife Louisa and baptised at St Marylebone on 1.3.1809, along with 3 brothers and 2 sisters, shortly before their father's death. He was probably the Villiers Holcroft who was buried on 1.1.1835 at Fort William, Bengal, pauper age 29, although the age is 5 years too young, the name is probably unique. 14.4.1803 should be added to his dates.

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