Pamela Clemit and Jenny McAuley have published a co-authored essay, ‘ “A nation in its last moments”: William Godwin’s Visit to Ireland, 1800,’ in History Ireland, 23: 4 (July/Aug. 2015). The article draws on the letters written by Godwin to his friends James Marshall and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. They provide an eyewitness account of aspects of Irish social and political life at a critical moment in the country’s history.
Godwin undertook the ‘Wicklow Tour’, a fashionable tourist itinerary. Highlights were the dramatic scenery of the Dargle Valley, the Glen of the Downs, the Devil’s Glen, and the ruined medieval monastic complex at Glendalough (pictured here), then occupied by a military encampment.