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George Carteret

Sir George Carteret was born on the island of Jersey in 1599. Entering the navy at an early age, he attained a high reputation as a naval officer, and in 1626 was appointed by Charles I. Joint Governor of the island of Jersey. He was much esteemed by all parties. In 1640 he was appointed Comptroller of the Navy, and May, 1645, was created a Baronet. On the commencement of the civil war he retired from the navy, and withdrew with his family to Jersey, but subsequently returned to aid the projects of the royalists. He afterwards, on the ruin of the royal cause, afforded an asylum to the Prince of Wales and other refugees of distinction within his government of Jersey, and defended the island against the Parliamentarians, Elizabeth Castle being the last fortress that lowered the royal banner. At the restoration, having shared his royal Master’s banishment, Sir George formed one of the immediate train of restored monarch on his triumphant entry into London. The next day he was sworn of the Privy Council, appointed Vice Chamberlain, and constituted Treasurer of the Navy. In 1669 he was expelled from the House of Commons to which he had been elected, to represent Portsmouth, for misconduct as Vice Chamberlain, being accused of embezzlement. (see "Andrew Marvell's Letters," pp. 125, 126) In 1673 he was appointed one of the Lords of the Admiralty, and continued in the public service until his death—January 14th, 1679. The fidelity with which Carteret, like Berkeley, had clung to the royal cause, gave him also great influence at court. He had, at an early date, taken a warm interest in the colonization of America, and became, with John, Lord Berkeley, one of the proprietors of Carolina, prior to their becoming jointly interested in New Jersey.


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