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portion to his losses; for excepting the thousand pounds, which were given him by the government for writing his Defence of the people against Salmasius, we may conclude that he got very little by the copies of his works, when it doth not appear that he received any more than ten pounds for Paradise Lost. Some time before he died he sold the greatest part of his library, as his heirs were not qualified to make a proper use of it, and as he thought that he could dispose of it to greater advantage than they could after his decease. Finally, by one means or other he died worth one thousand five hundred pounds besides his household goods, which was no incompetent subsistence for him, who was as great a philosopher as a poet".
See the Nuncupative Will, Lycophron, which belonged to and Mr. Warton's notes upon it, Milton. In the margin are obannexed to this account, by which servations written in the same it appears that Milton designed beautiful hand, if I remember to leave every thing to his wife. right, with the
ode to Rouse preWhat property, however, he pos- served in the Bodleian Library; sessed at his death does not ap- but several years have elapsed pear from any of the papers since Lord Charlemont shewed connected with the Will." The me the Lycophron. account which Dr. Newton gives
The Rev. Francis Blackburne, is taken from Philips.
(grandson of Archdeacon Black Of the books which belonged burne, who wrote the Remarks to him, a copy of Euripides, with on Dr. Johnson's Life of Milton,) many marginal emendations in is also possessed of a copy of the bis own hand, is now the pro- Bible said to have belonged to perty of Mr. Cradock, of Gumly Milton. There are two little in Leicestershire. Some of the drawings in it of a profile, with marginal notes have been given his name annexed, and one of to the public by Joshua Barnes, them subscribed“ Myself, 1640"; and Mr. Jodrell. See Mr. War- and occasionally a remark upon ton's note on v. 55 of the ode, a text of Scripture, or upon the
state of the times, apparently in The Earl of Charlemon,( de- his hand-writing. One is dated scended from a sister of Mr. Ring, Canterbury, 1639, “ This year Milton's Lycidas,) has a copy of " of very dreadful commotion,
AJ J. Rousium.
To this account of Milton it may be proper to add something concerning his family. We said before, that he had a younger brother and a sister. His brother Christopher Milton was a man of totally opposite principles; was a strong royalist, and after the civil war made his composition through his brother's interest'; had been entered young a student in the Inner Temple, of which house he lived to be an ancient bencher; and being a professed papist, was in the reign of James II. made a judge and knighted; but soon obtained his quietus by reason of his age and infirmities, and retired to Ipswich, where he lived all the latter part of his life. His sister Anne Milton had a considerable fortune given her by her father in marriage with Mr. Edward Philips, (son of Mr. Edward Philips of Shrewsbury,) who coming young to London was bred up in the Crown Office in Chancery, and at length became secondary of the office under Mr. Bembo. By him she had, besides other children who died infants, two sons Edward and John, whom we have had frequent occasion to mention before. Among our author's juvenile
poems there is a copy of verses on the death of a fair infant, a nephew, or rather niece of his, dying of a cough; and this being written in his 17th year, as it is said in the title, it may be naturally inferred that Mrs. Philips was elder than either of her brothers. She had
Soone the fresh turfe's tender blade
" and I weene will ensue mur-
When that day of death shall come,
At the easy price of eighty pounds, according to the record of Compositions, Lond. 1655. Todd.
likewise two daughters, Mary who died very young, and Apne who was living in 1694, by a second husband Mr. Thomas Agar, who succeeded his intimate friend Mr. Philips in his place in the Crown Office, which he enjoyed many years, and left to Mr. Thomas Milton, son of Sir Christopher before mentioned. As for Milton himself he appears to have been no enemy to the fair sex by having had three wives. What fortune he had with any of them is no where said, but they were gentlemen's daughters; and it is remarkable that he married them all maidens, for (as he says in his Apology for Smectymnuus, which was written before he married at all) he“ thought with them, who both in " prudence and elegance of spirit would choose a virgin " of mean fortunes honestly bred before the wealthiest “ widow.” But yet he seemeth not to have been very happy in any of his marriages; for his first wife had justly offended him by her long absence and separation from him; the second, whose love, sweetness, and goodness he commends, lived not a twelvemonth with him; and his third wife is said to have been a woman of a most violent spirit, and a hard mother-in-law to his children”. She died very old, about twenty years ago, at Nantwich in Cheshire: and from the accounts of those who had seen her, I have learned, that she confirmed several things which have been related before ; and particularly that her husband used to compose his
Aubrey says, however, that in-law, excepting probably the
a gentle person, of a youngest, were very far from "peaceful and agreeable hu- amiable. She died, according to
mour;" and it appears by the Mr. Todd, in the summer of witnesses to Milton's Nuncupa- 1730. E. tive Will, that her daughters