22 February 1786
Harriette Dubouchet (later HW) was born at 2 Carrington Street
, the most fashionable district in the recently-developed West End.
6 January 1825
Newspapers advertised the first instalment of HW's Memoirs
as due next day—but the promised contents (a list of names headed by the king
and three dukes) was an obvious invitation to buy out.
HW began, with the first instalment, to issue her Memoirs
through John Joseph Stockdale
: four volumes followed the more numerous, briefer instalments.
25 March 1825
HW (who had composed but not yet issued her account of her friend Julia Johnstone
's death in 1815) was confronted with the first instalment of Johnstone's Confessions
, written to confute her own Memoirs
Late August 1825
The three final instalments of HW's Memoirs
appeared as a single paper-bound package: the delay since May may have been caused by Stockdale
's involvement in a libel case.
10 March 1845
HW died at her house in Chelsea
, leaving a careful estimate of her funeral expenses and requests to ex-lovers to pay them.