Laetitia Canning

(16 April 1769 - 1769)
     Laetitia Canning was also known as Letitia in records. She was christened on 16 April 1769 in St Andrew, Holborn, London. She was the daughter of George Canning and Mary Ann Costello.
     Laetitia died in 1769. Born & died in the Spring.

George Canning

(11 April 1770 - 8 August 1827)
     George Canning was born on 11 April 1770 in Queen Anne Street, Marylebone, London. He was the son of George Canning and Mary Ann Costello. George Canning was christened on 9 May 1770 in St Mary, St Marylebone.
     George was educated from 1780 at Winchester, Hampshire. We hold a copy of a letter from "my uncle Canning to my grandmother when he was 10 years old at Winchester School." Sunday Nov 19 1780 Win Hse? - Dear Mother, I am very glad that I have this opportunity of writing to you again to desire you to hasten an answer to my last and as soon as possible to send me the books. I suppose you have heard (I mean you know) of the book called Anti Lucretius which my dear father translated and as I shall always be glad to revere his works I would be obliged to you to send it me amongst the rest if you can easily get it. I have not before acquainted you with a custom in our school of speaking, that is we get some English poem by heart and repeat it before Mr Richards and the other Usher and all the boys. and it being my turn last Saturday I chose "The epistle from Lord William Russell to William Lord Cavendish" of my father's composition. But now adieu & believe me dear mother, your dutl & affecte son G Canning.
Canning & his friends by J Bagot, states that he was at a private school kept by Mr Richards at Winchester. His mother wrote to him there when he was 12 when he was about to go to Eton, apparently at the house of a Mr Hannington.
Rollo stated that his prep school was Hyde Abbey in Winchester.
     George was educated from from 1783 to 1787 at Eton, New Windsor, Berkshire.
     George matriculated at Christ Church, Oxford University, between November 1787 and 1794. He left Eton in 1787 and was admitted to Christ Church Oxford in Nov 1787. (B.A. 1791, M.A. 1794). He obtained the Chancellor's Latin prize for verse with his Pilgrimage of Mecca in 1789.
     George Canning in Ashbourne, Derbyshire, England, sent a letter dated 13 August 1794 to Charles Reddish. Ashborne Aug 13 1794 : Dear Charles, I have been exceedingly mortified to find, in all the letters, which I have received from you, & on all those, which you have enclosed to me to be forwarded to your mother, or any other person, since you have been in your present situation such very bad writing, as to make me doubt whether it is possible that can ever have been taught to write at all. If such be your best hand, I am sure, you are by no means fit for the place in which you are & I shall be surprized at Mr Popplewell's goodness in keeping you for such a hand, in his books, not only can be of no manner of service to him, but must absolutely spoil & confuse his accounts, & do him infinite damage. If it be not your best hand, I must be under the necessity of telling you, that it is not proper, nor respectful to your mother, or to any other person whom you address, to send them such scrawls, as they cannot possibly read without great difficulty. It is no excuse to say that you are in a hurry, when you write =- or if you are hurried and have any thing else to do, you have no business ot be writing letters at all. Mr Popplewell's concerns are not to suffer for the sake of your correspondence: & I can assure you, you had better employ the leisure, which he is good as to allow you, in endeavours to render yourself more worthy of his kindness, & more useful in your situation with him, by improving yourself in writing, & in your arithmatick - (which if it is no better than your writing, is absolutely good for nothing) - than in scribbling over sheets of paper, for no purpose but to puzzle & perplex those, who are to read them. I must inform you also, that it is not your handwriting only with which I see occasion to find fault. The style & manner of writing, which you have adopted, is very foolish, & not such as becomes a boy of s... A little boy of your age ought to write as he would talk, plainly, & modestly - & not with high flown phrases, & words which he cannot understand, & which make all that he says completely unintelligible to others.
I have borne these faults for some time, and have forwarded all the letters, which you have sent to me, in hope that you would at length become sensible of your error, & endeavour to amend it. Instead of this, I find, you grow worse & worse. The letter, which I received yesterday & which you say is meant for Mr Milner, has three words upon the back of it which are perfectly illegible. I will not disgrace myself by forwarding such a scrawl & I therefore return it to you, as I shall do hence forward every letter of yours that carries upon its outside such marks of carelessness & folly. I had determined upon returning it to you, upon seeing the outside only. But when I looked at the inside, which I have just done, to see for whom it was really intended, (a piece of information that the direction did not convey to me) - I found it to contain such stuff, as makes me quite ashamed for you. It is addressed, I see, to your brother on such a strain, as no brother ought to write to another - or such parts of it, as are not nonsense appear to me to be something worse. I must insist on your explaining to your aunt the meaning of this letter of yours, & she will transmit your explanation to me, - for I do not wish to receive another letter from you, until you can write both legible and intelligibly. I direct this letter to you at your aunt's from whom you will receive it on Sunday - & I shall never direct to you any where else, because I wish not to take off your attention from your business at Mr Popplewells - & I do not see why you need ever write to any body, except where you are with your Aunt on Sundays - for I should think one day in the week would be sufficient for your correspondence.
[One third of the last page has been lost] I had mentioned to your m[other].... ago, how little I was pleased with ... writing letters but I have not mentioned this particular letter of yours, which ... to you, because I would not woun... by shewing her how foolishly (if it ... you have written - & because I do ... you may have some explanation ... that may . .. it appear le ... eyes, than ... at present ... this subject, as I before said, I shall ... hear from your Aunt. When you ...improved as to be able to send me ... written, plain & unaffected letter, such ... read & understand, I shall begin to ... of you - & shall be glad to tell you ...
I am Very affectionately yours
     George Canning married Joan Scott on 8 July 1800 in St George Hanover Square, Westminster. The Rt Hon Goerge Canning of the parish of St Maertin in the Fields, bachelor, & Joan Scott, of this parish, spinster, were married in the dwelling house of the Marquis of Ticthfield in Grosvenor Street, by special licence. George was present at George Charles Canning's christening on 4 June 1801 in St Martin in the Fields, Westminster, Middlesex, England. George Canning was mentioned in a letter in 1808. George tells Richard that he will not ask for him the office of commissioner of the lottery.
     George Canning made a will dated 20 September 1809. His will shows that he intended to leave £2000 to his mother, secured by life annuities of £300 per year. However she died 5 months before him. He was mentioned in a letter on 21 September 1809. George wrote to his brother in law Richard Thompson on the day of his duel to assure him that his wound was not dangerous.
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     George Canning in Bristol, Gloucestershire, sent a letter dated 26 1825 to Dorothy Ashby. Geo Canning to Mrs Reddish: London, March 13 1825, Dear Madam, The inclosed Memorandum, with the letter which accompanies it, will shew you what remains to be done to enable Mr Ashby to take possession of his office in Tobago. The first point (the Memorial to the Board of Customs) I can get done for you; but as to the other two, Mr Ashby's friends must take the necessary steps themselves. I apprehend that if Mr Ashby was born in Barbados the customs, upon a certificate of the fact & of Mr Ashby's age might be induced not to insist upon waiting for the production of the regular certificate of baptism from Barbados, but of this I am not sure. I am, dear Madam, Geo Canning.
     May 16 1825, Dear Madam, I am now enabled to offer to Mr Ashby, the office of Comptroller at St Vincent, Geo Canning. Mrs Reddish.
     Letter from London, May 17 1825 to Mrs Reddish: Dear Madam, I believe I said by mistake St Vincents in my letter of yesterday. It is St Lucia. Believe me, dear Madam, G C.
     1826 June 16 Letter to Mrs Reddish from Geo Canning: I return the letter which you have inclosed to me from which I ... yours which accompanied it, I am sorry to hear that your brother's appointment has not ... his expectations. I have no means of ascertaining any thing beyond what ....
     1826 Envelope from Geo Canning, London August 18th to Mrs Reddish, Lower Redland, Bristol - Dorothy must have visited England for this correspondence.
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George Canning was Prime minister from April 1827 to his death for England. He added a codicil to his will before 8 August 1827.
     George died on 8 August 1827 in Chiswick Villa, Chiswick, London, aged 57. He was buried on 16 August 1827 in Westminster Abbey. He was buried from Downing Street.
     His will was proved on 21 August 1827 at the Prerogative Court of Canterbury.

Children of George Canning and Joan Scott

Thomas Canning

(23 December 1771 - 30 September 1774)
     Thomas Canning was born on 23 December 1771 in 3 Bedford Row, Holborn, London. He was the son of George Canning and Mary Ann Costello. Thomas Canning was christened on 19 January 1772 in St Andrew's, Holborn, London or Middlesex.
     Thomas was buried on 30 September 1774 in Westminster, St Marylebone. Thomas Canning, child.