George Crabbe: Scientific Notebooks

Scope and Content

MS.Add.4190: Entomological notebook, 1792-1794, 70 folios. The volume also includes rough accounts (pp. ii and iii); additional notes headed 'Insects copied J. W. C. 1806' (pp. 126-128); and a Latin couplet, with an English translation, and further later accounts (p. 135). Inside the front cover are four lines of verse. Pp. 42 and 129-133 are blank.

MS.Add.4191: Botanical notebook, c. 1795, 70 folios. Botanical classifications headed and labelled 'Flora anglica'.

MS.Add.4192: Chemical notebook, 1788-1817, 115 folios. A rough notebook containing a treatise on chemistry in eighteen chapters, and many miscellaneous chemical notes and recipes. Crabbe's autograph appears on fo. 3. On the binding outside the front cover is 'Dodgson'. Fos 75-113r are blank.

MS.Add.4194: Botanical notebook, c. 1800, 57 folios. Botanical classifications, with an index on p. 2.

Administrative / Biographical History

George Crabbe (1754-1832), poet, was born at Aldeburgh, Suffolk, on 24 December 1754, and was mostly self-taught. He was employed in a warehouse on the quay at Slaughden until 1768, before working as a servant for country doctors, 1768-1775. He published verses between 1772 and 1775, and studied botany and surgery, practising the latter at Aldeburgh. He was ordained deacon in 1781, and became Curate of Aldeburgh in that year. He was Chaplain to the Duke of Rutland at Belvoir, 1782-1785, and was presented to small livings in Dorset in 1783. Crabbe was appointed Curate at Stathern, Leicestershire, in 1785, and subsequently became Rector of Muston, Leicestershire, and, in 1789, the non-resident Vicar of Allington, Lincolnshire. He was resident as Vicar of Trowbridge, Wiltshire, 1814-1832, and was the non-resident Vicar of Croxton, Leicestershire. Crabbe died on 3 February 1832. His collected works were published in 1834.

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Acquisition Information

Presented by the executors of Professor E.B. Cowell, 1903.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Crabbe in Leslie Stephen and Sidney Lee, eds, Dictionary of national biography, Vol. IV (London, 1908), pp. 1353-1356.

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Related Material

Cambridge University Library holds other Crabbe papers, MSS.Add.4422-4426.