The Conduct of the Earl of Nottingham

The Conduct of the Earl of Nottingham

The Conduct of the Earl of Nottingham

The Conduct of the Earl of Nottingham

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Laurence Echard was one of those shadowy clerical hacks, whose reputation as an author has only barely managed to survive as a memory amidst all the literary glitter and political rough-and-tumble of England at the dawn of the eighteenth century. Even the exact date of his birth has been forgotten. All that can now safely be said is that he was probably born in 1670. To see him in his portrait with a short wig, black cassock, and white bib -- or to say that he was a high churchman -- is to place him in a category with hundreds of others. It is only possible to bring this dim personality into sharper focus, if it be recalled that he may have been on good terms with old John Dryden, that he came down from Cambridge with an M.A. in 1695, that he was made chaplain to the Bishop of Lincoln and resided quietly for many years thereafter at Louth in Lincolnshire, and finally that he compiled several geographical and historical works, most of which today are seldom read or even remembered.

On the other hand, it is at least possible to gauge the calibre of his mind by a cursory glance at the titles of some of his published works. There was An Exact Description of Ireland, which was soon followed by a similar volume on Flanders, and by A Most Compleat Compendium of Geography. All these appeared in 1691. In the course of the next three years he labored on subjects more exhilarating and helped to translate several comedies of Plautus and Terence. Unfortunately these efforts were followed by a return to earlier themes, for in 1695, there appeared The Gazeteer's or Newsman's Interpreter, being a Geographical Index. If Echard is ever to be remembered, however, it will be as neither a geographer nor a classical scholar, but as an historian.

It was in 1698 that he first started to publish his histories. There was one of Rome, followed 2in 1700 by An Abridgment of Sir Walter Ra leigh's History of the World . . .

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