Godwin Diary

Murphy P

9.8.1810 P Murphy calls
A Patrick Murphy was officer of the night where a pickpocket crime that had occurred in Skinner-st was reported on 19.5.1811 though this was perhaps not the same Skinner-st where Godwin lived. A Patrick Murphy stonemason Marlborough-row St James Westminster voted Burdett 1818. Patrick Murphy DNB 1782-1847 could conceivably have been this caller. There was also a Phineas Murphy Old Bailey 18.9.1816 victim of a theft but no address given. And a Peter Murphy law officer in 1811. All these from London Lives

Hannam, William

11.8.1810 Guildhall; Tabart, Hannam &c / 20.8.1810 Examination of sir R(ichard) P(hillips); adv. Hannam &c / 21.8.1810 Guildhall; Tabart, Hannam &c / 9.10.1810 Baptist's Head; Tabart, Hannam &c / 12.10.1810 call on Hannam (not seen) / 5.2.1811 theatre; adv. Hannam / 1.6.1811 Hannam's clerk calls


11.8.1810 Guildhall; Tabart, White &c / 20.8.1810 Examination of sir R(ichard) P(hillips); White &c / 21.8.1810 Guildhall; Tabart, White &c


23.6.1810 Dell calls / 9.7.1810 call, w. M(ary) J(ane), on Dell
No clues

Rexworthy, Tracy

21.6.1810 Daly, Rexworthy, Tracy &c call
Godwin didn't often use the &c in a list of callers (I use it on this website to abbreviate his lists but in this case and on the next day with Kingston he used the &c). Rexworthy and Tracy both only appeared once in diary. Both rare names
William Rexworthy of Black Dog Tavern, St James Market, went bankrupt 1811 / Morning Chronicle 1.11.1823 Mr Rexworthy proprietor of billiard rooms 5 Spring-gardens / William Rexworthy of St James will PCC 1836. Name more frequent in Somerset


22.6.1810 Kingston &c call
Godwin rarely shortened a list of callers with a &c (I sometimes shorten Godwin's lists with &c). In this case he did the same the day before, and on this day he followed it with a colon and a further list of callers. All of which suggests a number of undesired callers, or ones whose names were not worth remembering?


6.7.1810 write to Dunn
Godwin was writing to many booksellers throughout England in 1810, so Dunn may have been a bookseller. There was Jonathan Dunn of Nottingham publisher of the Mercury newspaper, trading 1793 to 1834; Brownrigg Nicholson Dunn of Whitehaven trading 1797 to 1812; and Charles Dunn jr of Birmingham trading 1807 to 1835. These three from bbti.bodleian.ox.ac.uk

Berry, Christopher

Berry has a person record on GD website which quotes a letter from Godwin to John Fairley dated 28.7.1809 which said he had come to an arrangement with a Mr Berry for the distribution of books north of the Tweed. This may have been Christopher Berry the elder, bookseller of Norwich trading from 1789 until his bankruptcy in 1809 or John Berry and Christopher Berry the younger, sons of John Berry, trading from 1809, partnership dissolved 1810, Christopher jr went bankrupt in 1811, continued as printer and bookbinder from 1813. One Christopher died 1828, the other in 1831

Davison, A

7.7.1810 write to A Davison
Holdens directory 1811: Anthony Davison tailor 23 Cecil-st Strand / A Davison merchant Ormond-yd York-st St James-sq / Alex Davison prize agent 13 Holborn-court Grays Inn


10.7.1810 Clough calls
Holdens directory 1811: Henry Gore Clough surgeon 63 Berners-st his will PCC 1824 another of same name 1838 / James Clough M.D. Manchester-sq his will PCC 1843 / Mr Roger Clough 21 Richard-st Pentonville / Wm Clough Esq 34 Norton-st / Daniel Clough tinman & brazier Bow Middlesex
Holdens directory 1802: Alexander Clough bookseller 14 Ratcliffe Highway SunFire 1803