Godwin, William, 1756-1836

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English philosopher and novelist.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : [London], to Charles Ollier, [no year], May 16. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 269571863

From the description of Autograph letter signed : [n.p.], to J. Howard Payne, [no year] "Monday morning." (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 269575123

William Godwin was widely known as the father of philosophical anarchism. He was a Dissenting minister until 1783 when his atheism made him abandon the ministry for London and a literary career. He wrote several novels and a biography of his wife, Mary Wollstonecraft, but his major interest was in political philosophy.

From the description of William Godwin letter to Dear Sir, 1819 Dec. 6. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 60573846

William Godwin, English philosopher and novelist. Godwin achieved celebrity at the end of the eighteenth century with the philosophical treatise Enquiry Concerning Political Justice, and the novel Things as They Are; or, The Adventures of Caleb Williams. His first wife was Mary Wollstonecraft, pioneer for women's rights, and their only child together grew up to become Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein. Godwin's philosophies greatly influenced the political mind of his son-in-law, the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley.

From the description of William Godwin manuscript material : 338 items, 1778-1836 (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 153321362

From the guide to the William Godwin manuscript material : 383 items, 1778-1836, (The New York Public Library. Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle.)

English political philosopher and novelist.

From the description of Autograph letter unsigned : [n.p.], to Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 1800 Sept. 5. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 269587477

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referencedIn Marshall, James, d. 1832. James Marshall manuscript material : 1 item, 1807 New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Hume, Joseph, 1767-1843. Joseph Hume (Somerset House clerk) manuscript material : 4 items, 1816 New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf William Godwin miscellany, 1803-1835 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Forster, John, 1812-1876. John Forster manuscript material : 11 items, 1832-1868 New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Allen, B. Sprague (Beverly Sprague), 1881-1935. Literary manuscripts and lecture notes, 1912-1934. Churchill County Museum
creatorOf Ayrton, William, 1777-1858. William Ayrton manuscript material, 1824 New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Edward Bulwer Lytton manuscript material : 26 items, 1828-1872 The New York Public Library. Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle.
referencedIn Autograph File, G, 1641-1991. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Kent State University. Institute for Bibliography and Editing. Charles Brockden Brown Bicentennial Edition records, 1689-1995 (bulk 1917-1995). Kent State University
creatorOf Hone, William, 1780-1842. The William Hone manuscript collection, 1792-1953, bulk 1815-1842. Adelphi University, Swirbul Library
referencedIn Carron, Guy Toussaint Julien, 1760-1821. Guy Toussaint Julien Carron manuscript material : 1 item, 1805 New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Godwin, William, 1756-1836. Letter, 1823 Jul. 21 [n.p.] to "Dear Sir" [n.p.] University of Michigan
referencedIn Books from the library of Amos Bronson Alcott, 1579-1893. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Lamb, Mary, 1764-1847. Mary Lamb manuscript material : 3 items, 1811-1820 New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Mary Hays manuscript material : 36 items, 1779-1807 The New York Public Library. Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle.
creatorOf William Godwin manuscript material : 383 items, 1778-1836 The New York Public Library. Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle.
creatorOf Godwin, William, 1756-1836. Autograph letter signed : London, to S.J. Pratt, 1811 May 2. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley manuscript material : 414 items, 1815-1850 The New York Public Library. Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle.
referencedIn Harper, Henry Howard, 1871-1953. Henry Howard manuscript material : 2 items, 1910 New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf M'Kinnen, Daniel, 1767-1830. Daniel M'Kinnen manuscript material : 1 item, 1803 New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Joseph Halle Schaffner autograph collection, 1683-1948. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Robert Owen Collection, 1805-1858 National Co-operative Archive
referencedIn Louis Arthur Holman collection of Keats iconography and related papers, 1752-1963. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Hamilton, Elizabeth, 1756?-1816. Elizabeth Hamilton manuscript material : 4 items, ca. 1796-1797 New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Patton, Lewis. Lord Abinger's Shelley-Godwin collection in Bodleian Library [microform]. Texas A&M University, Evans Library & Annex; Main campus library complex
creatorOf Arch, John, of Cornhill. John Arch manuscript material : 1 item, 1828 New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Godwin, William, 1756-1836. William Godwin letter to Dear Sir, 1819 Dec. 6. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
creatorOf Shelley, Percy Bysshe, 1792-1822. Autograph letter signed : Dover, to William Godwin, 1816 May 3. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Ricardo, David, 1772-1823. Letter : Minchinhampton, [England], to Thomas R. Malthus, Hertford, [England], 1821 Sept. 10. Texas Christian University
referencedIn Donald Hyde and Mary Hyde Eccles Autograph Collection, 1505-1957 (inclusive), 1702-1854 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn Boswell's Life of Johnson : including Boswell's Journal of a tour to the Hebrides and Johnson's Diary of a journey into North Wales, edited by George Birkbeck Hill, extra-illustrated, 1464-1897 (inclusive), 1724-1874 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn Ritson, Joseph, 1752-1803,. Autograph letter signed from Joseph Ritson, Grays Inn, to [Richard Heber?] [manuscript], 1803 July 10. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Godwin, William, 1756-1836. Autograph letter signed W. Godwin to: "My dear sir" January 3, 1825]. Wellesley College
creatorOf Keenan, John, fl. 1791-1815. John Keenan manuscript material : 1 item, 1803 New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Albert Stephens Borgman autograph collection, 1600-1950. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Kemble, Fanny, 1809-1893,. Autograph letters signed from Fanny Kemble to various recipients [manuscript], 1831-1890. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Lytton, Edward Bulwer Lytton, Baron, 1803-1873. Edward Bulwer Lytton manuscript material : 26 items, 1828-1872 New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Godwin, William, 1756-1836. Letters to William Botwright [manuscript] 1821 Jan. 8, 1821 Sept. 22, and Nov. 26. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Kippis, Andrew, 1725-1795. Andrew Kippis manuscript material : 1 item, 1795 New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Godwin, William, 1756-1836. William Godwin manuscript material : 338 items, 1778-1836 New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn William Ayrton manuscript material : 1 item, 1824 The New York Public Library. Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle.
referencedIn Major Byron manuscript material : 7 items, ca. mid-to-late 19th century The New York Public Library. Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle.
creatorOf Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859. Leigh Hunt manuscript material : 327 items, 1801-1859 New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Hayward, R. W. (Richard W.), d. 1824. R. W. Hayward manuscript material : 1 item, ca. 1819 New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Godwin, William, 1756-1836. Autograph letter unsigned to: Henry Colburn, Esq. August 20, [s.d.]. Wellesley College
referencedIn Austen, Jane, 1775-1817. Autograph letter signed : Bath, to Cassandra Austen, 1801 May 21-22. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Godwin, William, 1756-1836. Letter signed : London, to Wilkie, 1808 Dec. 25. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Percy Bysshe Shelley manuscript material : 299 items, 1809-1822 The New York Public Library. Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle.
referencedIn Gisborne, Maria, 1770-1836. Diary, 1820. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn John Arch manuscript material : 1 item, 1828 The New York Public Library. Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle.
creatorOf Godwin, William, 1756-1836. Notebooks / kept by William Godwin.
creatorOf Inchbald, Mrs., 1753-1821. Elizabeth Inchabald manuscript material : 5 items, 1799-1809 New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Godwin, William, 1756-1836. Mandeville : autograph manuscript signed of the title page : [n.p., n.d.]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn English literature mss., 1801-1850 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
referencedIn Ricardo, David, 1772-1823. Letter : Minchinhampton, [England], to Thomas R. Malthus, Hertford, [England], 1821 Sept. 10. University of Chicago Library
creatorOf Godwin, William, 1756-1836. Autograph letter unsigned : [n.p.], to Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 1800 Sept. 5. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Shelley, Percy Bysshe, 1792-1822. Autograph letter signed : 13 Norfolk St. [London], to William Godwin, 1816 Mar. 7. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Beverly Sprague Allen Papers, 1912-1934 New York University. Archives.
referencedIn Madison, James, 1751-1836. Letter : Montpellier [i.e. Montpelier, Va.], to Dear Sir [Richard Rush, London, Eng.], 1821 Apr. 21. Newberry Library
referencedIn Stoddart, John, Sir, 1773-1856. Autograph letter signed : London, to Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 1801 Jan. 7. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Mitford, Mary Russell, 1787-1855. Letters, 1838-1854, Reading, England. Brown University, John Hay Library
creatorOf Opie, Amelia Alderson, 1769-1853. Correspondence of Amelia Alderson Opie, 1794-1854 (bulk 1820-1840). Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn Leigh Hunt manuscript material : 332 items, 1801-1859 The New York Public Library. Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle.
referencedIn George Dyson manuscript material : 2 items, 1800 The New York Public Library. Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle.
referencedIn Locker-Lampson, Warburg, Grimson autograph album, 1552-1890. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Godwin, William, 1756-1836. Autograph letter signed William Godwin to: "Charles Alliser, Esq." March 5, 1830. Wellesley College
creatorOf Temple, John. Business and private papers, 1675-1830. American Primers
creatorOf Godwin, William, 1756-1836. Autograph letters signed (7) and autograph letter in the third person (1) : London, to Charles Ollier, 1830 Feb. 4-1834 June 6. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Dyson, George, d. 1822. George Dyson manuscript material : 2 items, 1800 New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Godwin, Mary Jane. Mary Jane Godwin manuscript material : 15 items, 1802-1839 New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Daniel M'Kinnen manuscript material : 1 item, 1803 The New York Public Library. Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle.
creatorOf Pforzheimer, Carl H. (Carl Howard), 1879-1957,. Carl H. Pforzheimer collection of Shelley and his circle : manuscripts, 1772-1925 (bulk 1780-1850). New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Godwin, William, 1756-1836. Autograph letter signed : [London], to Charles Ollier, [no year], May 16. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Godwin, William, 1756-1836. Autograph letter signed : [n.p.], to J. Howard Payne, [no year] "Monday morning." Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn James Marshall manuscript material : 1 item, 1807 The New York Public Library. Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle.
referencedIn Guy Toussaint Julien Carron manuscript material : 1 item, 1805 The New York Public Library. Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle.
creatorOf Godwin, William, 1756-1836. Correspondence and miscellaneous papers, [ca. 1793-1877] Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Godwin, William, 1803-1832. William Godwin, Jr. manuscript material : 3 items, ca. 1824-1830 New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Abinger Papers, 1769-1937 Bodleian Library, University of Oxford
referencedIn Hazlitt, William, 1778-1830. William Hazlitt manuscript material : 16 items, 1799-1828 New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Hays, Mary, 1759 or 60-1843. Mary Hays manuscript material : 35 items, 1779-1807 New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Charles Brockden Brown Bicentennial Edition records, 1689-1995, 1917-1995 Kent State University Libraries. Special Collections and Archives.
creatorOf Lobb, William, 1804-1885. Scrapbook, [1834-1880]. Princeton University Library
referencedIn Lehmann, Frederick W. (Frederick William), 1853-1931. Historical and literary mss., 1756-1929. Washington University in St. Louis, .
referencedIn Lamb, Charles, 1775-1834. Charles Lamb manuscript material : 8 items, ca. 1800-1829 New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Shelley, Percy Bysshe, 1792-1822. Percy Bysshe Shelley manuscript material : 293 items, 1809-1822 New York Public Library System, NYPL
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