Excerpt from The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, Vol. 1 of 10: Newly Collected and Edited, With a Memoir, Critical Introductions, and Notes
In the summer of 1815, Mr. Allan took his family abroad for a long stay; and he placed Edgar at the Manor House School, at Stoke N ewington, n... ear Lon don, under Dr. Bransby; but the homelessness of such a life was relieved by weekly Sunday visits which the child made to the Allans, who lived at no great dis tance, and by the vacations, which he spent with them in travelling, thus seeing, according to his own statement, nearly all parts Of the United Kingdom. These five years of English school-days have left little record of themselves, though in later life he sketched the outward aspects of the house and grounds, and drew a portrait of the head-master. He was inducted into the manly sports, as a matter Of course, and began to be athletic; he learned to speak French and construe easy Latin, and Obtained a knowledge of history and literature said to have been beyond his years; and he showed the scholarly spirit which is noticeable in every account Of his youth. Dr. Bransby appears to have remembered most clearly the extravagant amount Of his pocket-money. I liked the boy, he said; poor fellow, his parents Spoiled him. English school-life, in early years, al. Ways seems a kind of orphanage; but such as it was, the boy had, perhaps, less to complain of than others. In August, 1820, the Allans returned to Richmond, where they resided during Poe's later schooldays in North Fifth Street till their removal in 182 5 to the es~ tate on the corner of Fifth and Main streets. Here Poe could have lived but a few months, and the place first mentioned must be regarded as his Richmond home.
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