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William Godwin jr


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various : lecture on 'The Influence of Government on the Character of the People'

'Even eight-year-old Willy [Godwin] went once in a while to hear his Papa [William Godwin]'s friend [S. T. Coleridge] speak [in London Philosophical Society lectures, 18 November 1811-27 January 1812], and by February he was giving weekly lectures a la Coleridge, reading from the little pulpit specially built for him a lecture written by one of the girls [Fanny Godwin, Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, Claire Clairmont]. [Aaron] Burr was much amused at one he heard on "The Influence of Governments on the Character of the People."' (From Marion Kingston Stocking's Introduction to Claire Clairmont's first journal).

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: William Godwin jr      Manuscript: Unknown


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