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Select Speeches of the Right Honourable George Canning

Excerpt from Select Speeches of the Right Honourable George Canning George Canning was born in London, on the 11th of April, 1770. His family was ancient and respectable. It was originally from Warwickshire in England, but his branch of it had been long settled in Ireland, where the manor of Garvagh, in Londonderry, had been granted by James I. to an ancestor. His father was a gentleman of considerable literary acquirements, and had been called to the bar after studying in the Middle Temple, but his marriage with a dowerless beauty so displeased his parents that he was cut off from the property of which he was the rightful heir. A bare allowance of 150 a year was all that was given him, and this he was unable to increase sufficiently to render himself comfortable. lie was unsuccessful in his profession, his tastes and talents rather inclining him to poetry and polite literature than to the unattractive studies of the law. He abandoned it, and became a wine-merchant, but died in April 1771, a year precisely after the birth of his son, before he had effected his extrication from the difficulties in which he was involved. Mrs. Canning being thus left destitute, was obliged to exert her talents and accomplishments for the maintenance of herself and child, and went upon the stage. Her success was not brilliant, but it was adequate to give her an independent support. She married a second time, Mr. Hunn, an actor, and soon became again a widow. The early education of Mr. Canning was superintended by his guardian and uncle, Air. Stratford Canning, an eminent London merchant, who died a short time before Air. Canning went to the university. His scholastic and collegiate expenses, however, were defrayed from a small estate in Ireland, bequeathed to him by his grandfather, who, at the urgent request of his grandmother, was induced to make a settlement upon him, which, although insufficient as a provision for life, was ample as a fund for education. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works."
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