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road between Highgate and London, and at present in Cock Lane, not far from Shoreditch church. An
Of Sir C. Milton's daughters acted for the benefit of Mrs. it is stated in a note signed H, Foster. Dr. Johnson, who wrote Lives of the Poets, ed. 1794, that the prologue, says, " she had so they were both “living at Hollo " little acquaintance with diver“ way, about the year 1734, and “sion or gaiety, that she did not " at that time possessed such a s know what was intended when " degree of health and strength benefit was offered her." The "as enabled them on Sundays receipts of the house Mr. Todd " and prayer-days to walk a mile : ascertained to have been only
up a steep hill to Highgate £147. 14s. 6d. from which £80. " Chapel
. One of these was were deducted for the expences ; "ninety-two at the time of her but Dr. Newton brought a large death. Their parentage was
contribution, and £20. were given “ known to few, and their names. by Tonson the bookseller. And were corrupted into Melton." thus I presume the profits of the
Mr. Todd discovered in the night were increased by subseparish registers of Allhallows, quent contributions to £130. Bread-street, entries of the bap- which Dr. Johnson and others tism of two other sisters of Milton 'say Mrs. Foster received; and younger than Anne. But one with this little addition to their of these, and probably the other, fortunes, she and her husband died an infant.
removed to Islington, where they The lives of Edward and John both soon died; Mrs. Foster's Philips have been lately written death took place May 9, 1754. by W. Godwin; but it has not One of her brothers Mr. Urban been ascertained whether either Clarke was known to Dr. Birch of them left children.
in 1737. He was also a weaver, Mr. Godwin supposes that E. and died without children at the Philips, the elder brother, died house of his sister, Mrs. Foster. about 1696, and John, not till in the Edinburgh Review, Ocafter 1706. They were both of tober, 1815, p. 493, I find it them authors by profession, and stated, professedly from an exthere is a very long catalogue of amination of the parish register their writings and translations, of Fort St. George, that Caleb most of which however are now Clarke, who seems to have been neglected. E. Philips appears parish-clerk of that place, from to have been a man of respectable 1717 to 1719, was buried there character; but his brother was Oct. 26, 1719. He had three thoroughly profligate and un children born at Madras; Abraprincipled. They both quitted ham, baptized June 2d, 1703 ; their uncle's political party early Mary, baptized March 17th, and
buried Dec. 15th, 1706; Isaac, Of Milton's direct descendants baptized, Feb. 13, 1711. Of • few particulars may yet be Isaac no further account appears.
Abraham in 1725 married Anna In April, 1750, Comus was Clarke, and the baptism of his
other thing let me mention, that is equally to the honour of the present age. Though Milton received not above ten pounds at two different payments for the copy of Paradise Lost, yet Mr. Hoyle author of the treatise on the Game of Whist, after having disposed of all the first impression, sold the copy to the bookseller, as I have been informed, for two hundred guineas.
As we have had occasion to mention more than once Milton's manuscripts preserved in the library of Trinity College in Cambridge, it may not be ungrateful to the reader, if we give a more particular account of them, before we conclude. There are, as we said, two draughts of a letter to a friend who had importuned him to take orders, together with a sonnet on his being arrived to the age of twenty-three: and by there being two draughts of this letter with several alterations and additions, it appears to have been written with great care and deliberation; and both the draughts have been published by Mr. Birch in his Historical and Critical Account of the life and writings of Milton. There are also several of his poems, Arcades, At a solemn music, On time, Upon the circumcision, the Mask, Lycidas, with five or six of his sonnets, all in his own
daughter Mary is registered April be discovered. I heard however 2d, 1727. With her all notices from Sir James Mackintosh that of this family cease. But the he took pains, when he resided Reviewer remarks, that as neither in India, to ascertain whether Abraham nor Isaac Clarke died any remained there of the family at Madras, and Abraham was of Milton's grandson, and that only twenty-four years of age at his conclusion was that the family the baptism of his daughter, it is was extinct. E. probable that the family migrated e Dr. Newton also has given to some other part of India, and them in the notes on Sonnet vii. that some trace of them may yet E.
hand-writing: and there are some others of his sonnets written by different hands, being most of them composed after he had lost his sight. It is curious to see the first thoughts and subsequent corrections of so great a poet as Milton: but it is remarkable in these manuscript poems, that he doth not often make his stops, or begin his lines with great letters.
There are likewise in his own hand-writing different plans of Paradise Lost in the form of a tragedy: and it is an agreeable amusement to trace the gradual progress and improvement of such a work from its first dawnings in the plan of a tragedy to its full lustre in an epic poem. And together with the plans of Paradise Lost there are the plans or subjects of several other intended tragedies, some taken from the Scripture, others from the British or Scottish histories: and of the latter the last mentioned is Macbeth, as if he had an inclination to try his strength with Shakespeare; and to reduce the play more to the unities, he proposes “
beginning at the " arrival of Malcolm at Macduff; the matter of Duncan
may be expressed by the appearing of his ghost.” These manuscripts of Milton were found by the learned Mr. Professor Mason among some other old papers, which, he says, belonged to Sir Henry Newton Puckering, who was a considerable benefactor to the library: and for the better preservation of such truly valuable reliques, they were collected together, and handsomely bound in a thin folio by the care and at the charge of a person who is now very eminent in his profession, and was always a lover of the Muses, and at that time a fellow of Trinity College, Mr Clarke, one of his Majesty's counsel. VOL. 1.
NOTES BY THE REV. T. WARTON.
MEMORANDUM, that John Milton, late of the parish of S. Giles Cripplegate in the Countie of Middlesex gentleman, deceased, at severall times before his death, and in particular, on or about the twentieth day of July, in the year of our Lord God 1674, being of perfect mind and memorie, declared his Will and intent as to the disposall of his estate after his death, in these words following, or like effect: " The portion due to me from Mr. Powell, my former wife's “ father, I leave to the unkind children I had by her, having “ received no parte of it: but my meaning is, they shall have
no other benefit of my estate than the said portion, and “ what I have besides done for them: they having been very uundutifull to me.
All the residue of my estate I leave to " (the) disposall of Elizabeth my loving wife.” Which words, or to the same effect, were spoken in the presence of CHRISTOPHER MILTON
(Mark of] ELIZABETH FISHERS Nov. 28, 16744
* As propounded in the Prerogative Court.
John Milton's younger brother.
SA servant-maid of John Milton.
Registr. Cur. Prærog. Cant. This will was contested by Mary,