1844 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Thomas Carte

Robert Chambers, in Cyclopaedia of English Literature (1844; 1850) 2:181.



A more laborious, exact, an original historian [than M. Rapin], appeared in THOMAS CARTE (1686-1754), who meditated a complete domestic or civil history of England, for which he had made large collections, encouraged by public subscriptions. His work was projected in 1743, and four years afterwards the first volume appeared. Unfortunately, Carte made allusion to a case, which he said had "come under his own observation," of a person who had been cured of the king's evil by the Pretender, then in exile in France; and this Jacobite sally proved the ruin of his work. Subscribers withdrew their names, and the historian was "left forlorn and abandoned amid his extensive collections." A second and third volume, however, were published by the indefatigable collector, and a fourth, which he left incomplete, was published after his death. Carte was author also of a Life of the Duke of Ormond, remarkable for its information, but disfigured by his Jacobite predilections.