1662 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Richard Carew

Thomas Fuller, in History of the Worthies of England (1662) 1:205.



RICHARD CAREW Esquire, son to Thomas Carew, and Elizabeth Edgecombe, was born at Antony in this County [Cornwall], of right worshipfull parentage, who honoured his extraction with learning. He was bred a Gentleman-commoner in Oxford, where, being but fourteen years old, and yet three years standing, he was called out to dispute ex tempore, before the Earls of Leicester and Warwick, with the matchless Sir Philip Sidney.

—si quaeritis hujus
Fortunam pugnae, non est superatus ab illo.
—Ask you the end of this contest?
They neither had the better, both the best.

He afterwards wrote the pleasant and faithful description of Cornwall, and I will not wrong his memory with my barbarous praise, after so eloquent a pen.

Sed haec planius & planius docuit Richardus Carew de Anthonie, non minus generis splendore, quam virtute & docrina nobilis, qui hujus reionis descriptionem lattore specie, & non ad tenu elimavit, quemque mihi praeluxisse non possum non agnoscere.

This his book he dedicated to Sir Walter Raleigh, with this modest compliment, That he appealed to his direction, whether it should pass; to his correction, if it might pass; and to his protection, if it did pass; Adding moreover, that duty, not presumption, drawing him to that offering, it must be favour, not desert, must move the other to the acceptance thereof. This Survey was set forth 1602. and I collect the Author thereof died about the middle of the raign of K. James. I know not, whether he or his son first brought up the use of Gambadoes, much worne in the West, whereby whilst one rides on horseback his leggs are in a Coach, clean and warme, in those dirty Countries.