The Cambridge History of English and American Literature in 18 Volumes (1907–21).
Volume IX. From Steele and Addison to Pope and Swift.

I. Defoe—The Newspaper and the Novel

§ 7. Henry Care

There was another journalist contemporary with L’Estrange to whom Defoe was indebted. This was Henry Care, whose opposition to the church party made him a special object of The Observator’s vituperations. He edited, in 1678–9, a quarto Pacquet of Advice from Rome, which soon added to its title the word Weekly and continued its existence, through five volumes, to 13 July, 1683. Later, he supported James and the Roman Catholics. If we may trust Defoe, there is no doubt that Care’s early death was brought on by bad habits. He is chiefly important to us because it was from him that Defoe borrowed the general idea of the department in The Review known as the proceedings of “the Scandalous Club.”