1889 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

David Carey

James M. M'Bain, in Bibliography of Arbroath Periodical Literature (1889) 16-17.



David Carey, a native of Arbroath, and then a young man, wrote for The Arbroath Magazine. After leaving Arbroath he went to Edinburgh, where he was for a time employed in the publishing house of Archibald Constable. From thence he went to London, where he filled various posts in connection with periodical press. While there he displayed great ability in advocating the measures of the Whig party, whose side he espoused. This brought him under the notice of Mr. Wyndham, who offered him a colonial appointment, which, however, he declined. On the change of ministry he wrote a telling satire on their successors entitled Ins and Outs, or the State of Parties, by Chrononhotonthologos, two large editions of which were sold out within a week or two after their appearance. Carey afterwards filled the editorial chair of The Inverness Journal for about five years. He was an author of considerable ability and versatility, a poet, a novelist, and a successful pamphleteer. While in London he published Pleasures of Nature, or the Charms of Rural Life, and other poems. The Reign of Fancy, a Poem, Lyric Tales, Secrets of the Castle, a novel in 2 vols., besides Ins and Outs, to which we have already referred. While in Inverness he published he published, among other works, a volume of poems, containing Craig Phadric, Visions of Sensibility, Legendary Tales, and Occasional Pieces, Inverness, 1811. This volume is now chiefly valuable for the piece Craig Phadric, which contain valuable information on the early history of Inverness.