William Cartwright, M.A. born in Sept. 1611, had the highest reputation of any man of his time in the university of Oxford, for poetry, oratory, and philosophy. His "Royal Slave" was acted before the king and queen by his fellow-students of Christ Church; of whom the most applauded was Mr. Busby (of whom, see vol. III. p. 291.). He was succentor of Salisbury, junior proctor and metaphysical reader to the university; and died Dec. 23, 1643. There are extant four of his plays, besides other poems, which were printed together in 1657, accompanied by above 50 copies of commendatory verses by the wits of the university.