William Carr

Biographical NotesSir William Carr was the resident English Consul in Amsterdam and a traveller on the continent. His biography remains obscure, his dates are unknown, his will does not survive, and he is not listed in the ODNB, Alumni Oxonienses, Athenae Oxonienses, or Alumni Cantabrigienses. He is best known to scholars for a widely cited letter of March 21st, 1681 to William Blaythwayt about the political situation in Amsterdam. In this letter Carr described how he saw the changes in the attitudes of the Amsterdam regents which resulted in William III, Prince of Orange and Stadholder of Holland, accepting an invitation to their city after a seven years' absence. See Cox, Literature of Travel.
Work(s)Author of Some Necessarie Remarks for such as Entend to Travel Thro the Province of Holland (1688) in Remarks of the Government of Severall Parts of Germanie, Denmark, Sweedland, Hamburg, Lubeck, and Hansiactique townes, but more particularly of the United Provinces, with some few directions how to travell in the States dominions. Together with a List of the most Considerable Cittyes in Europe, with the Number of Houses in each Citty