An illegitimate child, possibly of George Savile, marquess of Halifax (1633-95), Henry Carey earned a living as a writer of burlesques, poems, and occasionally music. A protégé of Addison, who liked his "Sally in our Alley," Carey succeeded best when he was most amusing. His "Namy-Pamby," which sends up the childish manners of the poet Ambrose Phillips, is also a valued early historical record of nursery rhymes. Impoverished, Carey died October 4, 1743, 56 years old, at his house in Clerkenwell, hanging himself and leaving behind a wife, Sarah, and four children.
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