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Record 15150

Reading Experience:

'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
Date: Between 18 Nov 1811 and 27 Jan 1812
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: London
specific address: 41 Skinner Street
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:William Godwin jr
Age Child (0-17)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 28 Mar 1803
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: child
Religion: unknown
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Aaron Burr
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: various
Title: lecture on 'The Influence of Government on the Character of the People'
Genre: Politics
Form of Text: Manuscript: Unknown
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 15150  
Source - Print  
  Author: Claire Clairmont
  Editor: Marion Kingston Stocking
  Title: The Journals of Claire Clairmont
  Place of Publication: Cambridge, Massachusetts
  Date of Publication: 1968
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 19
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Claire Clairmont, Marion Kingston Stocking (ed.), The Journals of Claire Clairmont (Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1968), p. 19,, accessed: 25 July 2024

Additional comments:

Child's 'lecture' apparently written by any/all of Fanny Godwin (b. 1794), Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin (b.1797), Claire Clairmont (b. c.1798).



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