20 September 1796
Mary Wollstonecraft to Mary Hays, undated [postmark 20 September 1796].1
If this letter should not be forwarded, pray request that it may be returned.
Fanny is recovering her beauty daily. Are you quite restored to health?
I will send you the Monk as soon as Mr Godwin returns it, to whom I have lent it. He means to call on you soon.2
I return your Sister’s M.S. with some observations which appear to me important.
When am I to see you and your Sister? – and your Mother, if she be not afraid to venture out.
Address: Miss Hays
Postmark: 20 September 1796
1 MS MW 0042, Pforzheimer Collection, NYPL; Brooks, Correspondence 307-08; Todd, Collected Letters 367. Godwin will call on Hays on 28 September.
2 Reference is the sensational gothic novel, The Monk: A Romance (1796), by Matthew Lewis (1775-1818).