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quenched ray love of fame—and as I live in seclusion, with little society beyond that of my own family, I may perhaps say without presumption that I am almost indifferent to criticism: praise cannot elate, or censure depress me. To the public expression of either, especially the latter, my ear is little used, and I have long been accustomed to be content with the silent approbation of my own mind. Conscious then of having exerted myself to the utmost of my powers to do justice to my subject, justice is all I ask of any, while to the friendly critic I would say—

Approve it only—'tis too late to praise.

T. K.

May 4,1855.


Page 86, line 14, before should be very soon after.

Page 259, lino a from bottom, after two add or eTen three.

Page 292, line 11, omit Dante.

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 [-3 P]. —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.

Pace 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 imbibed 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 Exeter: she died in 1614.

Pages 267-269.—Donne's ' Divine Sonnets' are formed on the Italian model; but they were not published till 1633.—Eonsard 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 f.—This was the orthography of the time.

Page 434.—" 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.


Page 4, last line, for 1642 read 1612.

Page 10, line ninth, for he would relish read would retch.

Page 28, last but one, for Spenstow read Spurstow.

Page 60, last line, ./or features read fortunes.

Page 234, last but two, for We read we.

Page 314, seventh frombottom,./or 1653 read 1652,dele or early in 1654.

Page 315, line twelfth,/or 1656, 1657 read 1655, 1656.

Page 320, line eighteenth, for potentem read potantem.

Page 387, line seventh, for never read seldom.

Page 452, line seventh, for external read eternal.

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