Quotation by Henry Carter

True patriots we; for be it understood
We left our country for our country's good.
Henry Carter (d. 1806), British. Quoted in The Australian Encyclopedia, p. 438-9 (1958).

Prologue to celebrate the opening of the first playhouse in Sydney, New South Wales, Jan. 16, 1796, in which most of the actors were former convicts. Carter is described as "a gentleman of Leicester" (England). The verse has also been attributed to George Barrington (1755-1810), a celebrated pickpocket before his transportation to Botany Bay.
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