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lief; a sort of prostitution for which hardly any censure can be too severe.
A D D E N D U M.
Mr. Boerhadem's Letter in the Gentleman's Magazine for October, 1779, concerning Dr. Johnson's narrative of Milton's omitting all acts of religious worship both in public and private, came not to our hands till it was too late to insert, in the printed Remarks on Dr. Johnson's Life of Milton, the thanks we think he well deserves, as an able cooperator with us in the defence of Milron. The friends of Milton are particularly obliged to him, for remarking Dr. Newton's improvement upon
land, and Dr. Johnson's upon Newton, in their several accounts of Milton's conduct with respect to religious worship ; and we think it an apt illustration of Toby Smollet's story of the three crows. For our parts, we are of opinion, that Milton's sentiments, or the practical effects of them in matters of religion, want no vindication. As to the matter in question, we remember a passage in Robert Barclay's catechism, where the author, having cited several texts of Scripture, concludes, Ex omnibus hisce scripturce locis apparet, verum Dei cultum in Spiritu elle; et ficut nec certo cuilibet loco, ita nec certo cuivis tempori limitatur. This might be Milton's persuasion, as well as BarL 9
clay's; clay's; but no considerate man would conclude from these words, that Barclay never prayed in private.
The worthy man to whose memory these papers are dedicated fell under many foolish and illiberal suspicions on account of his absenting from public worship. If any of our more ingenuous readers have been imposed upon, or influenced by such base infinuations of purblind bigotry, we may hope they will now see in some expressions of Mr. Hollis's heart-felt unaffected piety, that pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father, does not depend upon a man's exterior connections with any vifible church, or religious society, fo 4
called, whatever. And this we presume to offer as a complete apology for Milton, as well as his excellent and ever memorable difciple.
The Blazoning of Milton's Arms, which
are prefixed to these REMARKS.
“The Arms that John Milton did nse 66 and seal his letters with, were Argent,
Spread Eagle, with two heads gules, legg'd and beak'd fable.”
Wood, vol. I. fast. 262.
These arms are engraved in Toland's Milton, vol. I. but the crest is not there as in Milton's seal.
Milton's seal, from which the arms were taken, was bought of Mr. John Payne, by T. H. for three guineas, 1761.
It is in silver, came into his poffeffion on the death of Foster, who had married a grand-daughter of Milton's.