Excerpt from George Crabbe's Poetical Works: Preface to the Tales
George crabbe was born at Aldborough, a small coast town in Suffolk, on the'24th of December, 1754. His family was obscure, but in competent circumstances the result of industry and application, and of an apt-1... 1638 for business, which appears to have characterized the race in general. The grandfather of the Poet, who, as far as any genealogical record has determined, was the founder of the race, was at one time engaged in'the service of the Government in the department of the Customs. The majority of the Poet's brothers em barked in a seafaring career - in every case with success, but, nevertheless, with somewhat untoward issue. The Poet himself, who was the eldest of his generation, had, oddly enough for the son of a man who could barely read, or who had only been partly self-educated, a preference for learning rather than for physical em ployments, especially such as coast-cruising. At a very early age George Crabbe was accordingly despatched to school, at a place called Bungay, in order that this lite rary predisposition, which the father had not failed to observe, might have a fair opportunity of being developed; where, however, it was very nearly smothered by the exemplary method of punishment reserved by the illus trions pedagogue of the Bungay Establishment for Young Gentlemen, From this academy young Crabbe was removed to one of greater pretensions, when about twelve years old; and under his second tutor, he certainly appears to have acquired considerable attainment.
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