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“ crative drudgery. He loved Kings “ in the state, because he loved all who “ paid him for his services; and Bishops « in the church, from a consciousness of « wanting absolution. It is to be sus " pected, that his predominant defire “ was, to destroy public liberty, rather “ than to establish legal authority, and “ that he felt not so much anxiety for “ the real honour of princes, as delight “ in the flavish humiliation of their sub“ jects.” . . .
Of all the writers upon political subjects, Milton left the least room for fears and suspicions. He is open and explicit in all his reproofs of lawless power and oppression, civil and ecclefiaftical. Envy at greatness and fuperiority in Milton's
121 ] fituation, would necessarily have implied his. constant endeavour to attain the greatness and superiority he envied. His addresses to the Parliament are undenia, ble testimonies of his readiness to submit to every ordinance of man which was not a. terror to good works; and the only difference between Milton's system of government and Dr. Johnson's is, that the former feated the laws above the King; and the latter enthrones the monarch. above the laws.
Some portions of common sense however are yet left among us. Witness the following remark, transcribed from the news-paper above cited.
“ With what emphasis do ministers “ and men in power pronounce the words
122 ] « service and OBEY! and how great and « respectable do they think themselves.
when they say, THE KING MY MASTER! " They despise the republicans, who « only are free, and who are certainly “more noble than they."! ...
In conclusion, the good Doctor turns evesdropper; and, to warn the public against the principles of the iniscreant Milton, condescends to inforin us of what passed in the domestic privacies of his family. “ Milton's character, in his “ domestic relations, was severe and ar“ bitrary.” How does he know this? " His family consisted of women,” he tells you, “ and there appears, in his “ books, something like a Turkish con""tempt of females, as fubordinate and
« inferior beings.” A most heinous offence! enough to mufter the whole multitude of English Amazons against him. But the question is not concerning what is in his books, but what paffed in his kitchen and parlour. We want instances ; and here they are : « That his si own daughters might not break the só ranks, he suffered them to be depres* sed by a mean and penurious educa“tion,” : : : - The impudente of Belial would be abashed at so gross a misrepresentation. Milton's daughters grew impatient of reading what they did not understand; this impatience “ broke out more and " more into exprefsions of uneasiness.” What had they now to expect from their
Turkish father? what! but stripes and imprisonment in a dark chamber, and a daily pittance of bread and water. No such matter. They were relieved from their task, and. “ sent out to learn some “ curious and ingenious forts of manu“ facture that were proper for women “to learn, particularly imbroideries in 66 gold and filver *.” And how far this branch of education was from being either mean or penurious in those days, the remains of these curious and ingenious works, performed by accomplished females of the highest and noblest ex. traction, testify to this very day
To account for this tyranny of Milton over his females, the Doctor says, “He * Philips, p. xliii.