February 22 1815: Mary Gives Birth

On February 22 1815, Mary Godwin gives birth to a baby girl. The baby is two months premature. She is not expected to live. Shelley records the birth of their child in a journal. He refers to himself as Shelley and Mary as Maie, but his daughter has no name, and will not be given a name. The journal entry reads:

[page of the journal has been torn out]

[Maie] is in labour & after few additional pains she is delivered a female child. 5 minutes afterward Dr. Clarke comes, all is well. Maie perfectly well and at ease. The child is not quite seven months; the child not expected to live. Shelley sits up with Maie, much exhausted and agitated. Hogg sleeps here.

(Image above is a portrait of Mary (2010) by  Esao Andrews.)

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