By Martin Garrett

This e-book covers the existence and paintings of quite a lot of writers from Coleridge to Wollstonecraft, Hemans, Beckford and their contemporaries. additionally encompassing a wealth of fabric on contexts from the treason trials of 1794 to the arriving of gas-light to the London degree in 1817, it offers a landscape of 1 of the richest sessions in British tradition.

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Robinson publish Radcliffe’s The Mysteries of Udolpho, a Romance; Interspersed With Some Pieces of Poetry, in four volumes. The Robinsons pay her £500 for the copyright and there are six editions by 1806. Victorine de Chastenay’s much reprinted French translation first appears in 1797. On 29 Radcliffe and her husband arrive in Holland to begin the tour described, with another to the Lake District this autumn, in A Journey Made in the Summer of 1794, Through Holland and the Western Frontier of Germany … (Robinson, June 1795).

30 Washington is sworn in as first President of the United States. He is re-elected in 1792 and holds office until 4 March 1797. May 5 The Estates General meet, for the first time since 1614, at Versailles. 12 Wilberforce’s first major speech, in the House of Commons, on the slave trade, drawing on the Privy Council report of 25 April. From January 1790 he is a member of the select committee on the trade. June 17 At Versailles the Third Estate or ‘commons’ and some clergy, supporters of individual rather than block voting in the Estates General, form the National Assembly.

Robinson publishes second and third editions in 1796 and 1797. Work starts on Marple aqueduct, Salford, by Benjamin Outram (1764–1805), continuing until 1800. The Prince of Wales obtains George Brummell (‘Beau’ Brummell, 1778–1840) a commission in the 10th Hussars (the Prince’s regiment). He becomes a close associate of the Prince and, particularly after he leaves the army in 1798, an arbiter of fashion. June 1 British ships defeat French in the ‘Battle of the Glorious First of June’. Crowds in London celebrate for several weeks.

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