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CONTENT S.

CHAPTER I.

1608-1640

Milton's parents.-Born in London. His tutors.- Incredible ad-
vances in learning.–Sent to Cambridge.-Early productions.-Ob-
tains a degree.—Leaves the University.-Returns to his father's
house.-Publishes a Latin Elegy.-His Comus and Lycidas publish-
ed.- Loses his mother.-Resolves to make the tour of Europe.Intro-
duced to persons of distinction.–Visits Rome and Naples. His
Protestant zeal.—Returns to Rome.-Danger from English Jesuits.-
Visits Galileo in the Inquisition at Florence.- Arrives at Venice and
Geneva.—Returns to England on account of the Civil War.-State
of the Church under Laud, and persecution of the Puritans. Page
17-26.

CHAPTER II.

1640-1644.

Milton's arrival in London.-Commences schoolmaster.-Re-
proached on that account.–Vindicated by Toland.-Inconsolable
because of the death of Diodati.—Writes against the Bishops.-Two
Books on the Reformation from Popery.--Prayer to the Trinity in Uni-
ity.-Declaration of his motives in writing.-Conduct of the Bishops.
-Admiration of the Reformation.-Appeal to the united English and
Scotch nations.--Origin of Antichrist.-Publishes on Prelatical Epis-

copacy against Usher.-Reason of Church Government urged against Prelacy.—Animadversions on a work of Bishop Hall.–Sentiments respecting Liturgies.—Church corrupted by Constantine.His opinion of the Fathers—and of Tithes.-A tale of the Head and Wen.-Replies to a Libel. His contempt for the Bishops.-Remarks. Page 27–50.

CHAPTER III.

1644-1648.

Smollett's* Account of the origin or the Civil War.–A different Account by Mrs. Lucy Hutchinson.-State of the Prelates.-Origin of Congregational Churches in London.-Notes.—Dispute between the House of Lords and commons respecting the Prelates.—Bishops excluded from their seats in Parliament.—Milton publishes his Areopagitica.—Charged with printing scandalous books.-Persecuting spirit of Presbyterian Assembly.-Eloquent description of the Liberty of the Press. He is married.--Left by his wife.—Publishes four Tracts on Divorce. They are reconciled.—Remarks on his conduct and principles.-Bishop Hall's opinion.-Note.-Milton belong. ed to the Baptist Denomination.-Sonnet.—Death of his father.-Revives his Academy.-Sonnet.-Appointed Latin Secretary.-Satirical Poem addres sed to the Presbyterians. Page 51—98.

CHAPTER IV.

1648-1653.

Presbyterians oppose the execution of the King.–Testimony of Neale.-Mistake corrected, (note)-Milton publishes Tenure of Kings and Magistrates after the death of Charles I.-His description of the Presbyterian magistrates, and ministers.—Enemies to liberty of Conscience.—House of Lords voted to be useless.-Office of King voted to be dangerous to liberty.-Council of State.—Milton commences the history of England. --Appointed Latin Secretary to the Council. Publishes his Eiclonocastes.-Eikon Basilike an im

* The writer, by mistake, has in this Chapter used the name of Hume instead of Smollett.

posture.- Milton publishes a reply to the Irish Presbyterians.-
Writes a reply to Salmasius.-Publishes his Second Defence.---Re-
ply to Peter Du Moulin, who had reproached him on account of his
blindness.-Sonnet on his blindness.—Letter on the same subject to

nard Philarus.-Lines addressed to Cyriac Skinner.-He de

himself against Morus.-Appointed Latin Secretary to the Protector.

Page 98—131.

The Duke of Savoy persecutes the Waldenses.-Cromwell's noble
conduct.-Milton's Sonnet.-Cromwell's intention to found a Protes-
tant Council.—Milton's State Letters:-The Protector to the Prince
of Tarentum, to the Duke of Savoy, to the Prince of Transilvania, to
the king of the Swedes, to the States of the United Provinces, to the
Evangelick States of Switzerland, to the King of France, to Cardinal
Mazarine, to the King of Denmark, to the Senators of the City of
Geneva, to the Cities of Switzerland, to the King of the Swedes, to
the States of the United Provinces, to the King of the Swedes, to
the King of Denmark, &c., to the Landgrave of Hesse, to the King
of the Swedes, to the heir of Norway, to the Marquis of Branden.

Restoration of Charles II. --Milton secretes himself.-Sonnet.
Anecdote.-Two of his works burnt.-Secured by act of Oblivion.-
Exemplifies the Character of Abdiel.-Marries his third wife.-Re-
moves to Chalfont.--

Thomas Ellwood and Paradise Lost.-Extracts
from that inimitable Poem.-Anecdote of Milton.--Anecdote of the
Duke of York.–Paradise Regained.—Samson Agonistes.-Letter
to Peter Heimbach.-His Treatise on True Religion.–Andrew
Marvell.-Respect shown to Milton. His death and funeral. -
His person and character. His will.–His widow and daughters.-
Original Letter of Mr. George Vertue.-Monuments.—Treatise of
Christian Doctrine.-Extracts.-Remarks. List of works. Page 218.

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