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My friend Mr. Carruthers, of Inverness, has kindly favoured me with some remarks on this Work. As they are corrective of errors into which I had fallen, I lay a part of them before the reader. To Mr. Marsh, of Warrington, I am also indebted for some valuable information and documents.
T.K. Page 50. Milton's Letter." This is certainly not in Milton's handwriting: I am as positive of this as of my own existence. It is a fine current clerk-like hand, without interlineation or erasure. Read the letter, and see a distinct allusion by Milton to his blindness. The signature is not unlike Milton's, but appears to be by the same hand as the body of the letter.”—C.
Page 52.-“Mrs. Foster was right in saying that Milton's second wife died of a consumption more than three months after her lying.in ; the child was baptized October 19, 1657. See Cunningham's Johnson, i. 105, iii. 423."-C.
Page 60.-" The date of the marriage license is 11th Feb., 1662 [-3P]. -Sir C. Young's Pedigree of the Minshulls in Mitford's Life, prefixed to works, octavo edition."-C.
Page 90.-It appears from the facsimile of the signatures to the receipts published by Mr. Marsh, that Anne Milton could not write, and Mary very badly. There is great mystery about the education that Milton gave his daughters.
Page 93.-Phillips says, etc. “You have been misled by Johnson. Phillips does not make this statement."-C.
Page 158.—“ In his · Iconoclastes' he speaks of the infection of Arian and Pelagian heresies, a proof that up to his forty-first year he had not innbibed Arian opinions."-C.
Page 257.–The right date is 1631. The subject of Beaumont's poem, as Mr. Hunter has shown, was Lucy, daughter of the Earl of Eseter: she died in 1614.
Pages 267–269.–Donne’s ‘Divine Sonnets' are formed on the Italian model; but they were not published till 1633.—Ronsard and other French poets of the sixteenth century wrote numerous sonnets.-Among the one thousand sonnets of T. Tasso, there are two of the same form as Milton's three Italian sonnets.
Page 383, note 1.- This was the orthography of the time.
Page 134.-"Gods and men,” Sam. Agon. v. 545, ed. 1671. “Gods or men," ed. 1680, and all till 1747.
Page 439.- Sirocco is Italian also.
Page 483.—This is a secondary, not the primary sense of the Hebrew terms.
The Language, 436. The Verse, 440. Cosmology, 451. The Ptolemaic