18 January 1796

William Godwin to Mary Hays, 30 Kirby Street, Hatton Garden, 18 January [1796].1

This afternoon I received your first sheet,2 &, in compliance with your request, write to inform you that I find it thus far well-written and interesting.

I am under engagement to drink tea with you on Wednesday.3


Monday; Jan. 18


Address: Miss Hayes | No 30 | Kirby Street | Hatton Garden

Postmark: none


1 MS G 0318, Pforzheimer Collection, NYPL; Brooks, Correspondence 424; Clemit, Letters 1.148-49.

2 The first pages of the MS. of Hays's novel, Memoirs of Emma Courtney (it would appear in print in November 1796).

3 According to Godwin's diary, he had tea on Wednesday, 20 January, at Hays's residence in Kirby Street with Stephen Weaver Browne and the Revd William Draper of Allhallows, London-Wall.