Carpenter, Richard (2), Dd
Carpenter, Richard (2), D.D.
an English divine and poet of the 17th century, was educated at Etons College, and at King's College, Cambridge. About 1625 he left England, and studied in Flanders, France, Spain, and Italy; and at length received holy orders at Rome from the hands of the pope's substitute. He entered the order of St. Benedict, and was sent to England to make proselytes; but in little more than a year he returned to the Protestant communion, and obtained the vicarage of Poling, in Sussex. In the time of the civil war, however, he retired to Paris, and reconciled himself to the Romish Church. He afterwards returned to England, and settled at Aylesbury, where he obtained a curacy. He was living there in 1670, but, before his death, returned a third time to Romanism. He published, Experience, History, and Divinity (1642): — Astrology Proved Harmless, Pious, Useful (1663): — Rome in her Fruits (eod.): — The Pragmatical Jesuit new Learned; and other works. See Chalmers, Biog. Dict. s.v.; Allibone, Dict. of Brit. and Amer. Authors, s.v.