9 March 1796
William Godwin to Mary Hays, 9 March 1796.1
I have read your manuscript.2 I do not know exactly the kind of decision you require from me. I believe it would be wrong to suspend your career by particular remarks. I have therefore only to say that it is difficult for any thing to be better than the manner; it is soothing & fascinating; all that remains is to open upon us a story correspondent to the attire in which it is to be clothed.
Mar. 9. 1796
1 MS G 0319, Pforzheimer Collection, NYPL; Brooks, Correspondence 444; Clemit, Letters 1.164; Wedd, Love Letters 235.
2 MS. of Emma Courtney.