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With an Account of the Author's Life.
A new Edition, carefully corrected.

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ROM a Family, & Town of his name

in Oxfordshire , our Author deriv'd his descent, but he was born at London in the year i6o8. The Publisher of his

Works in prose (on whose veracity some part of this narrative must entirely depend) dates his birth two years earlier than this: but contradicting himself afterwards in his own computation , I reduce it to the time that Monsieur Bayle hath assign'd; and for the same reason which prevail'd with him to assign it. His Father, John Milton, by profession a Scrivener, liv'd in a reputable manner on a competent estate, entirely his own acquisition; having been early dis-inherited by his parents for renouncing the communion of the Church of Rome, to which they were zealously devoted By his wife Sarah Cafton he had likewise one Daughter iam'd Anna; & another Son, Christopher, whom he train'd to the practice of the Common-Law; who in the great Rebellion adber'd to the Royal cause: and in the Reign of King

James I I. by too easy a compliance with the doctrines of the Court, both religious and civil, he attain’d to the dignity of being made a Judge of the Commonob siejed op '41011918


Pleas; of which he dy'd devested not long after the Revolution.

But JOHN the subject of the present essay, was the favorite of his Father's hopes; who to cultivate the great genius which early display'd itself, was at the expense of a domestic Tutor : whose care and capacity his Pupil hath gratefully celebrated in an excellent Latin Elegy; the fourth in the present col

lection. At his initiation he is said to An. Ætat. 12. have apply'd himself to letters with

such indefatigable industry, that he rarely was prevail'd with to quit his studies before midnight : which not only made him frequently subject to severe pains in his head; but likewise occasion'd that weakness in his eyes, which terminated in a total privation of sight. From a domestic education he was remov'd to St. Paul's School, to complete his acquaintance with the Classics under the care of Dr. Gill: and after a short stay there, was transplanted to Christ's

College in Cambridge, where he distinAn. Ætat. 15. guild himself in all kinds of Acade

mical exercises. Of this fociety he continued a Member 'till'he commenc'd Master of Arts: and then leaving the University, he return'd to his Father; who had quitted the Town, and liv'd at Horton near Colebrooke in Barkshire; where he persu'd

his studies with unparallel'd aslīduity, An. Ætat. 23.

and success. After some years spent in this studious retirement, his Mother dy'd : and then he prevail'd with his Father to gratify an inclination he had long entertain'd of seeing foreign countries. Sir Henry Wotton,

at that time Provost of Eaton ColAn. Ætat. 30. lege, gave him a letter of advice for

the direction of his travels: but by not observing an excellent maxim in it, he incurd great danger by difputing against the superstition of

the * 1 pensieri Pretti, ed il viso Sciolto,


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