1871 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Thomas Carte

Whitwell Elwin, Note in Works of Pope, ed. Elwin and Courthope (1871-1889) 7:168n.



Carte, in 1722, was accused of high treason, and a reward of 1000 was offered for his apprehension. He fled to France, where he resided under the name of Phillips, and employed his leisure in collating the manuscripts and printed copies of the Latin history of his own time, by the President De Thou, and in writing an explanatory comment, without which much of the text could no longer be understood. He sold his materials to Dr. Mead, and it was agreed that Buckley would be the nominal editor. Before the proposals were circulated, Queen Caroline obtained a pardon for Carte, who returned to England, and superintended the passage of his Thuanus through the press. His valuable and laborious edition is in 7 vols. folio, and was far more complete and exact, as well as more intelligible, than any which had appeared in France itself. The whole of the merit belonged to Carte, and Buckley, who was quite incompetent to the task, was merely the salesman.