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My father had a small estate in Nottinghamshire; I was the third of five sons. He sent me to Emmanuel College in Cambridge at fourteen years old where I resided three years and applied myself close to my studies; but the charge of maintaining me although I had a very scanty allowance being too great for a narrow fortune I was bound apprentice to Mr. James Bates...' (Excerpt from Chapter 1)