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Chronology of Godwin's Life
(only the landmark publications will be noted.)
1756:  March 3, born in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire Fens, England.  His 
	father, John Godwin, was Minister of Wisbech Independent 
	Chapel.  His mother, Ann Hull, came from a well-to-do family, 
	her father owning several ships trading on the Baltic Sea.

1758:  Family moved to Debenham, near Suffolk.

1760:  Family moved to Guestwich, near Norwich where, until his 
	death, John Godwin was minister at the Independent Meeting 
	House for twelve years.

1764:  William, a brother, and a boy named Steele sent to Akers's 
	school at Hindolveston, two and a half miles from home.

1767:  Sent to Norwich to become the sole student of Reverend Samuel 

1771:  Returned to Guestwich and worked as an assistant to Akers at 
	his old school.

1772:  Father died in November.

1773:  Went to London, applied to Homerton Academy, but refused 
	admission because of his adherence to Sandemanian views.  
	Spent several months with relatives in Kent.

1773:  September was admitted to the dissenting college at Hoxton 
	where he studied for five years.  Tutored by Kippis.

1778:  In May, left Hoxton and acquired the post of Minister in the 
	small town of Ware in Hertfordshire.  Encountered 
	Rev. Joseph Fawcet.

1779:  In August, left Ware for London where for four months he 
	lodged near Cripplegate.

1780:  Moved to Stowmarket, in Suffolk and is introduced to the 
	works of Rousseau, Hélvetius and d'Holbach.  
	Became a deist.

1782:  Reverted to Socinianism, and in May returned to London 
	until December when he moved to Beaconsfield. 

1783:  For seven months held the post of minister at Beaconsfield in

1783:  In January, published the Life of Chatham, anonymously.

1783:  In July, he returned to London, residing in Holborn where he 
	began to earn a living as a writer.

1783:  On August 4, announced opening of a seminary for twelve pupils 
	in Epsom, Surrey, but student recruitment failed 
	and plan abandoned.  The prospectus, Account of the 
	Seminary, however, provides insight into Godwin's views
	on education.

1784-1785:  Primary income from reviews for Murray's English Review.

1784:  Employed as an assistant in the preparation of the New 
	Annual Register.

1785:  Early in the year he wrote a series of letters in the 
	Political Herald, as Mucius, later becoming 
	the acting editor, but refused the offer to become 
	permanent editor.  Met Priestly.  Shared a house 
	with James Marshall who became Godwin's life-long friend.

1786:  Met Holcroft.

1788:  An orphaned cousin, Thomas Cooper, age 12, came under Godwin's 

1788-1789:  Spent twelve months writing The English Peerage

1791:  In May, planned Political Justice.

1791:  Met Mary Wollstonecraft at a diner at which Paine was also a 

1793:  In February, first edition of Political Justice.

1794:  Published Caleb Williams.

1797:  In March, he married Wollstonecraft.

1797:  On August 30, Mary Godwin born, ten days later Wollstonecraft 
	died from complications at birth of Mary.

1803:  Re-married to Mary Jane Clairmount.

1805:  Established The Juvenile Library.

1812:  Shelley sought out Godwin.

1814:  Shelley and Mary run off to France

1816:  Shelley and Mary married after Shelley's former wife committed 

1822:  Shelley drowned, Mary returned to London, lived briefly with 
	her father until found her own lodgings near by.

1824:  The Juvenile Library closed.

1831:  Published Thoughts on Man.

1833:  Acquired the sinecure office of Yeoman Usher of the Exchequer 
	with a yearly salary of £ 220.

1836:  On April 7, he died in London.  Buried next to Mary 
	Wollstonecraft in the burial ground of Old St. Pancras 
	Church; later both were moved to Bournemouth Churchyard 
	and buried next to Mary Shelley (1851).


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