William Paulet Carey

Life
1759-1839 [pseud. Scriblerus Murtough O’Pindar]; br. of James and Mathew Carey; b. Dublin; moved to Birmingham; author of The Nettle, an Irish Bouquet, to tickle the Nose of an English Viceroy (1789), and other satires; joined the Dublin Society of the United Irishman but dismissed; acted as state witness against William Drennan in the treason trial of 1792; later lived in London, wrote works on literary and artistic questions; called attention to Chantrey’s genius as a sculptor and issued “Damon’s Farewell” and “The Incantation” in James Carey’s The American Museum (Oct. 1788); he was living in Philadelphia in 1795. ODNB PI

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Works
[Scriblerus Murtough O’Pindar,] The Nettle, an Irish Bouquet, to tickle the Nose of an English Viceroy addressed to the Marquis of Grimbaldo (Buckingham), with A Prophecy and The Triumph of Freedom ... addressed to Henry Grattan (1789)

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Commentary
John Larkin, The Trial of Dr William Drennan [1991], calls William Carey him ‘dealer in pictures’; Larkin remarks that his political involvement was so forgotten that it is not mentioned in the ODNB.

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References
D. J. O’Donoghue (Poets of Ireland, 1919) calls him ‘a remarkable man’ who worked as an engraver and then a printer, and promoted Irish sculptors; br. of Matthew Carey [supra]; auth. of Irish Hudibrastic poems, all published in Philadelphia where he lived.

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