Charles McCormick

McCormick, Charles, was born in Ireland in 1742. He entered the Middle Temple, turned from law to literature, and supported himself principally by writing for the press. His writings were not, according to Dr. Johnson, "composed under the shade of academic bowers." One of his principal books, a Life of Edmund Burke, is characterized by Lowndes as "a disgraceful piece of party virulence." He died in London, 29th July 1807, aged about 65, leaving his wife and family unprovided for. He had collected materials for a history of Ireland, concerning which the Gentleman's Magazine says: "The great and laudable end which he had in view in the execution of this arduous undertaking, was to induce the natives to sacrifice their political and religious prejudices on the altar of public affection."


146. Gentleman's Magazine. London, 1731-1868.
Gilbert, John T., see Nos. 110, 335.

16. Authors, Dictionary of British and American: S. Austin Allibone. 3 vols. Philadelphia, 1859-'71.