Fanny Godwin suicide note

Fanny Godwin suicide letter  (1816) 
by Fanny Godwin

The daughter of Mary Wollstonecraft and William Godwin, Fanny Godwin was the half-sister of author Mary Shelley. Her suicide led Mary's husband Percy Shelley to pen the poem On Fanny Godwin.

I have long determined that the best thing I could do was to put an end to the existence of a being whose birth was unfortunate, and whose life has only been a series of pain to those persons who have hurt their health in endeavoring to promote her welfare.

Perhaps to hear of my death will give you pain, but you will soon have the blessing of forgetting that such a creature ever existed as...

Fanny Godwin

This work was published before January 1, 1928, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.