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of those which Aubrey had from Milton's own mouth, Milton would hardly give him an account of the punishment, without fignifying what was the fault. '
Dr. Johnson says, “Milton was the “ laft student in either university that suf“.fered this corporal correction.". Now Mr. Warton tells us, that “the whip was « an instrument of academical correc" tion, not entirely laid aside in the old “ age of Dr. Bathurst* ; but Bathurst furvived Milton thirty years, and the time of Milton's admiffion above eighty. If Milton therefore was the last sufferer by this illiberal punishment in Cambridge, that university got the start of
* Life of Bathurst, p. 202.
Oxford * in civilisation by at least fifty or fixty years; which is more honour, we believe, than Dr. Johnson desired Mr. Warton fhould confer upon it.
Mr. Warton says, “ This” (meaning the whipping-bout] “explains more " fully a paffage in one of Milton's “elegies : '...
::* “In the public statutes of Oxford, the in. “junction of inflicting corporal punishment on * boys under fixteen remains unrepealed, and “ in force at this day; but the execution of this ". law, lo repugnant to every liberal and decent ľ idea, has been long abolished. Yet this code " of statutes was compiled no longer ago than: " the year 1635. It was, however, no uncom" inon practice at a college in Oxford, where the:
foundation-scholars are elected very young, 66 actually to punish with the rod as far down as " the beginning of the present century."
ED : Gent: Mag. 1779, p. 493.
“ Nec duri libet usque minas perferre
«magistri, “ Cæteraque ingenio non subeunda
“ meo.” Where, in Mr. Warton's ideas, cætera fignifies flogging. But Dr. Johnson haring noted that it fignifies something else besides threats, interprets it into something more, i. e. more severe, namely, punishment. But he seems to be in doubtwhether that punishment was whipping or banishment; and with reason, for cætera may signify something more, i.e. something over and besides threats, and yet something else besides either whipping or rustication. The most natural interpretation of the second line seems to be, that those college-exercises
known by the name of impositions (oftentimes prescribed as punishments) did not fuit Milton's genius, being indeed even within our memory calculated rather for the drudgery of an industrious plodder than suited to the genius of a youth of parts and spirit. Wonderful must be that genius which has a taste for being flogged or banished !
- It seems plain,” says the new narratire, “ from his own verses to Diodati, « that he had incurred rufíication, a tem* porary disinislion into the country, with « perhaps the loss of a term.”
Milton was admitted of Christ's Cola lege, February 12, 1624-5. He took his bachelor's degree in 1628, so that . without a perhaps he loft no term. In
every college there is or should be a regifter, in which are entered all orders for expulfion and rustication of delinquents. This is necessary for the justi-fication of the master and fellows against whom appeals and complaints are often lodged by the sufferers, either before the visitor or in Westminster-Hall. We have been informed, from the best authority, that there is an entry in the register of this very college, importing, that a candidate for a fellowship *, being rejected by the society, was, upon calling in the vifitor +, established in his right, not without some severe expressions inserted
* The late Dr. Hutton, Archbishop of Canterbury. of Bishop Sherlock, then Vice-chancellor.