MILTON. — Remember my dates of all his works at the end of his Life by E. Philips; and what I have observed in Toland's Life of him, and Bayle's observation on his style. See one of Mist's Journals upon him [Toland] and his Amintas, and the Answer.
See my pamphlet containing the castration of his [Milton's?] History. His own observations on himself. See my Universal Spectator on his Spirit of Liberty; and the pamphlet written against him, called No Blind Guides, &c., and the verses in MS. which I found at the end of another old pamphlet, where I have mentioned the Psalm which Milton, or his father, set to music. Peck's Life and Works, &c., 1740. Wm. Benson's erecting of his monument; settling £1000 for translating his Paradise Lost into Latin on young Dobson — the interest while he was doing it, and the principal when done.
Milton's cipher for secret communication, with others used by the republicans under Oliver, I had among the Royal Letters in Clarendon's collections which I redeemed from perdition, and presented to my late noble Lord of Oxford, and they are still preserved in the Harleian library: but God knows how soon that magnificent collection of Manuscripts may undergo the same dispersion as the printed books, which were sold to Tom Osborne my neighbour for less than £13,000, though the binding only of the least part of them by his Lordship, cost him £18,000.
A Verbal Index to Milton's Paradise Lost was published by Mr. Coxeter in 12mo., 1741, printed for Innis and Brown.
Lauder is now writing a book to prove Milton a plagiary. He begun in one of the Magazines.
See an answer in Mag. Feb. 1749, and Dr. Kirkpatrick in The Sea Piece, 8vo., 1750, Preface.
See also a pamphlet published against Lauder, called Miltonomastix. See also, Furius: or a Modest Attempt towards an History of the Life and Surprising Exploits of the famous W. L., Critick and Thief-catcher, 8vo., 1748.