John Milton

William Oldys, Adversaria, 1750 ca.; Notes and Queries S2 11 (16 March 1861) 203.

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.