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Author Name:Howitt, William
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1857 Excerpt: ...as well as himself.
The grandfather, a burgess of Aidborough, and collector of customs there, yet died poor.
The father, originally educated for trade, had been in early life the keeper of a parochial school in the porch of the church at Orford.
He afterwards became schoolmaster and parish clerk at Norton, near Loddon, in Norfolk; and finally, returning to his native Aldborough, rose to the collection of the salt duties, as Salt-master.
He was a stern but able man, and with all his sternness not destitute of good qualities.
The mother of Crabbe was an excellent and pious woman.
Besides himself there were five other children, all of whom, except one girl, lived to mature years.
His next brother, Robert, was a glazier, who retired from business at Southwold.
John Crabbe, the third son, was the captain of a Liverpool slave ship, who perished by an insurrection of the slaves.
The fourth brother, William, also a seafaring man, was carried prisoner by the Spaniards into Mexico, and was once seen by an Aldborough sailor on the coast of Honduras, but never heard of again.
This sailor brother, in his inquiries after all at home, had expressed much astonishment to find that George was become a clergyman, when he left him a doctor; and on this incident Crabbe afterwards founded the sailor's story in The Parting Hour.
His only surviving sister married a Mr.
Sparkes, a builder of Aldborough, and died in 1827.
Such were Crabbe's family.
The scenery amongst which he spent his boyhood has been frequently described in his poetry, especially in the opening letter of his Borough.
It is here given with equal life in his son's prose.
"Aldborough, or, as it is more correctly written, Alderburgh, was in those days a poor and wretched place, with nothing of the elegance and g...
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