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peculiar without excellence, and, if differing from the verses of others, differing for the worse:” that in Milton's latin poetry the critic saw nothing but what was inferior to the latin compositions of Cowley, and of May; that he made the Lycidas the object of his perverse censure, and affected to hold its admirers in contempt; that his applause of L’Allegro and Il Penseroso was formal

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* If we are desirous of positive and precise testimony respecting the existence, at the period in question, of malevolence to the fame of Milton in the breast of Johnson, we have only to turn to the 276th page of Sir John Hawkins's life of this author. " While the book” (Lauder's Essay) was in the press, the proof sheets were submitted to the inspection," says this biographer, “ of our club by a member of it who had an interest in its publication, and I could all along perceive that Johnson seemed to approve, not only of the design, but of the argument, and seemed to exult in a persuasion, that the reputation of Milton was likely to suffer by this discovery."--To this assertion made by a person immediately conversant with the fact, and not interested to misrepresent it-by a person, who

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age, I feel assured that, by the judgment of a generation remote from the prejudices of the present, I shall be absolved from the charge of wounding truth to gratify passion, even though I should assert that the delinquency of the libellous biographer is ill compensated by the merit of the monotonous and heavygaited morality of the sombre and dogmatic essayist.

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Bacon, the sculptor, 501.
Addison, 459, 468, 469, 527. Barberini, cardinal, 95, 98.
Æschylus, 492.

Barebone's parliament, 378.
Alexander the Sixth, pope, 213

resigns, 379, note.


Bargrave, Dr. 95 note.
Alphry, Mr. 162.

Barkstead, Mr. 433 note.
America, the preserver of the fame Barnes, Joshua, 506.
of the British classics, 81. Baroni, Leonora, 97, 506 note.

a proof that neither tithes Barrow, Dr. 484.
nor establishments are necessary Bayle, 313, 336, 340.
to chriftianity, 414.

Beaux of the puritan age, 162.
American epitaph on Bradlhaw, Bendis, Henry, 444 note.

Benson, Mr. 502.
Andreini, 463.

Bentley, Dr. 474 note.
Anglesey, earl of, 286.

Betterton, 428.
Apollonius, 155.

Birch, Dr. 4, 46, 281 note, 340,
Ariofto, 470 note.

371, 394, 528. Aristotle, 283 note, 495.

Blackburn, archdeacon, 3. Army, its agitation after the death Blake, admiral, 396, 436. of Charles, 374.

Bonmatthei, 92, 93. ..conduct on the death of Bouquet, Mr. 556. Cromwell, 410.

Bourdeaux, the French ambassador, Arthur, king, 138 note, 150.

Ascham, 462 note.

Boyle, Robert, 440.
Åsembly of divines, 401.

BraiMaw, 245, 262, 264 note,
Atterbury, bishop, 501 note.

297, 547. Aubrey, 31, 155, 160, 482, 484,

.his character, 263, 267. 506 note.

.epitaph on him, 548. Auger, 329.

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Bucer, Martin, 201, 252 note.

more humane than
Bucolic verse, character of; 129 the monarchy, 430 note.

Comnenus, Andronicus, 283 note.
Burke, Edmund, 305, 425 note. Controversy, 195.
Burnet, bishop, 294 note.

Council of state, 261.
Burney, Dr. C. 22 note.

Cowley, 43.
Cowper, Wm. 12.

Cradock, Mr. 505.

Criticism cannot render dull poetry

pleasing, 489.
Cæfar, Julius, 376.

Cromwell, 242, 245, 264 note, 498,
Calamy, Edmund, 191,

Calvin, 252 note.

his character, 376,385,
Cambridge Latin Dictionary, 404. 412
Caroline, queen, 528.

the protestants of Pied
Chappel, Wm. reputed author of mont saved by his interpofition,

the Whole Duty of Man, 19.' 271 note.
Charlemont, Earl of, 505,

foments the agitation of
Charles I. violence of his conduct, the

made protector by it,
popith intrigues condu- 379.
ced to his misfortunes, 186 note. ... Milton's panegyric of

civil war in bis time him, 385.
eminent for benignity and mo-

his death, 409.
deration, 241.
his conduct after his last

ment, 433 note.
defeat, 241.

Richard, 409.
character, 274.

Henry, 409 note.
corpse said to have Cunningham, 427 note.
been hung at Tyburn, 433 note.

remarks on his execu-
tion, 548.

Charles II. 411, 427, ib, noté, 446

Dante, 223,470 note.
....his conduct on his ref- Dati, Carlo, 91.
toration, 431.

Davenant, bishop, 172.
Chaucer, 108 note.

Davis, Miss, 205.
Chorus of the Greek drama, 492. Dawes, 22 note.
Christina, queen of Sweden, 337, D'Ivenant, fir William, his life
342, 370.

saved by Milton, 428.
Church of England, 176, 181, 414. Delille, abbé, 485 note.
Clarındon, lord, 179, 290, 293 Deodati, Charles, 1st elegy to, 22.
note, 435 note.

letter to, 71.
Clarges, fir Thomas, 423.

.account of him,
Clark, Mrs. (Milton's daughter) 125, 140 note.

512 note, 515, 516, 527, 531

death, 127.
Clarke, Mr. 464 note.

....2d elegy to, 163,
Claypole, Mrs. 436.

167 note.
Clement, 339 note,

Giovanni, 125.
Clementillo, 92,

Theodore, 126.
Collellino 02.

Desborough, 400 note, 410,


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Fairfax, 377
Fairthorne, 5
Fenton, 40,
Fleetund, 4
Foster, Mrs.
Francini, AC
Fuller, 281
Fuseli, 103.

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Gaddi, 92.
Galileo, 93-
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