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who was known to have a wife still living. He might not think himself too at liberty as before, while his wife continued obftinate ; for his moit plausible argument for divorce proceeds upon a fuppofition, that the thing be done with mutual consent.
After his wife's return, his family was increased not only with children, but also with his wife's relations; her father and mother, her brothers and sisters, com ing to live with him in the general distress and ruin of the royal party; and he was so far from refenting their former ill treatment of him, that he generously protected them, and entertained them very hospitably, till their affairs were accomodated through his interest with the prevailing faction. Upon their removal, and the death of his own father, his house looked again like the house of the Muses. But his studies had like to have been interrupted by a call to public business: For about this time there was a design of constituting him Adjutant-General in the army under Sir Wil. liam Waller ; but the new-modelling of the army foon following, that design was laid aside. Not long after, his great house in Barbican being now too large for his family, he quitted it for a smaller in High Holburn, which opened backward into Lincoln's-inn Fields where he prosecuted his studies till the King's trial and death; when the Presbyterians declaiming tragically against the King's executidn, and asserting that his person was facred and inviolable, provoked him to write The tenure of kings and magiftrates, prour ing that it is lawful to call a tyrant to account, and to depose or put him to death ; and that they who of late fo much blamie deposing, are the men who did it themselves. This book he published in the beginning of 1649, to fatisfy and compose the minds of the people. Not long after he wrote his Observations on the artides of peace between the Earl of Ormond and the Irish rebels. In these and all his writings, whatever others of different parties may think, he thought himself an adv cate for true liberty; for ecclesiastical liberty in his treatises against the bishops, for domestic liberty in his books of divorce, and for civil liberty in his wri. D
in the opinion of very wise men, the universality of Xxxviii The LIFE of MILTON. . stings against the King, 'in defence of the parliament aand people of England.
After this he retired again to his private studies ; and thinking that he had leisure enough for such a
work, he applied himself to the writing of a history of England, which he intended to deduce from the earliest accounts down to his own times. He had fi. -nithed four books of that history, when, neither courtsing nor expecting any such preferment, he was invited
by the council of state to be their Latin secretary for foreign affairs. And he served in the fame capacity under Oliver, and Richard, and the Rump, till the restoration; and without doubt a better Latin pen ..could not have been found in the kingdom. For the republic and Cromwell scorned to pay that tribute to any foreign prince, which is usually paid to the French King, of managing their affairs in his langurge : They thought it an indignity and meanness, to which this or any free nation ought not to submit ; and tockia noble resolution, neither to write any letters. to any foreign states, nor to receive any
answers from them, but in the Latin tongue, which wascommon to them all. And it would have been well, if Succeeding princes had followed their example ; for, the French language will make way for the univerfality of the French monarchy.
But it was not only in foreign dispatches that the government made use of his pen. He had discharged the buţiness of his office a very little time, before he was called to a work of another kind. For soon after the King's death was publifked a book under his name, intitled, Eixwv Baccinesy, or, The royal image. This book, like Cæsar's last will, making a deeper impref"fion, and exciting greater commiferation in the minds of the people, than the King himself did while alive, Milton was ordered to prepare an answer to it; which was published by authority, and intitled, Exxovox docens, or, The Imagerbreaker; the famous firname of many Greek Emperors, 'who in their zeal against idolatry broke all fuperftitious images to pieces. This piece
mas translated into French; and two replies to it werëpublished, one in 1651, and the other in 1692, upon the reprinting of Milton's book at Amsterdam,
But his most celebrated work in profe is his Defence of the people of England against Salinasus ; Defenfio pro populo Anglicano contra Claudii anonymi, alias" Salmasii, defenfionem regiant. Salmafius, by birth a Frenchman, succeeded the famous. Scaliger as honorary Profetior of the university of Leyden; had gained great reputation by his Plinian exercitations on Solinus, and by“ his critical remarks on several Latin and Greek authors; was generally esteemed one of the greatest and most confummate scholars of that age; and is commended by Milton himself in his Reason of church-government, and called the learned Salmasius. Befides his great learning, he had extraordinary talents in railing “ This prince of fcholars,” as fome body said of him, “ seemed to have erected his throne up
on a heap of fones, that he might have them at " hand to throw at every one's head who passed by.” He was therefore courted by Charles II. as the most able man to write a defence of the late King his father, and to tradıce his adversaries; and a hundred jacobufes were given him for that purpose. His book was published in 1649, under the title of Defenfio regia pro Carolo I. ad Carolum II. No sooner did this piece appear in England, but the council of state unanimously appointed Milton, then present, to answer it. He performed the talk with amazing spiritand vigour, though his health at that time was fuch, that he could hardly endure the fatigue of writing; and being weak in body, he was forced to write by piece-mell, and to break off alınost every hour. This neceffarily oce cafioned fome delay; fo that his Defence of the people of England was not made public till the beginning of 1651. They who cannot read the original, may yer have the pleasure to read the English translation by Mr. Walhington of the Temple, which was printed in 1692, and is inserted among Milton's works in the two last editions. It was somewhat extraordinary, that Salmafius, a penfioner to a republic, fhould pre
tend to write a defence of monarchy: But the states Thowed their disapprobation by publicly condemning his book, and ordered it to be fuppreffed. On the other hand, Milton's book was burnt at Paris, and at Thoulouse, by the hands of the common hangman : But this served only to procure it the more readers. It was read and talked of every where; even they who were of different principles, could not but ac. knowledge that he was a good defender of a bad cause, Salmafius's book underwent only one imprese fion, while Milton's passed through several editions. On the first appearance of it, he was visited or invited by all the foreign ministers at London, not excepting even those of crowned heads; and was particularly honoured and esteemed by Adrian Paaw, ambassador from the States of Holland. He was likewise highly complimented by letters from the most learned and ingenious persons in France and Germany; and Leonard Philaras, an Athenian born, and ambassador from the Duke of Parma to the French king, wrote a fine encomium of his defence, and sent him his picture. And what gave him the greatest satisfaction, the work was highly applauded by those who had defired him to undertake it ; and they made him a prefept of 1000 l. which in those days of frugality was reckoned no inconsiderable reward for his performance. But the case was far otherwise with Salmafills. He was then in high favour at the court of Christina Queen of Sweden, who had invited thither several of the most learned men of all countries; But when Milton's Defence was brought to Sweden, and was read to the Queen at her own desire, he sunk im. mediately in her elteem, and the opinion of every body; and though he talked big at first, and vowed the destruction of Milton and the parliament, yet finding that he was looked upon with coldness, he thought proper to take leave of the court; and he who came in honour, was dismissed with contempt.
He died sometime afterwards at Spa in Germany, and it is said more of a broken heart than of any diftemper; leaving a pofthumous reply to Milton, which was not
published till after the restoration, and was dedicated to Charles H. by his fon Claudius: But it has done no great honour to his memory, abounding with abufe much more than argument.
Ifaac Voffius, who was at Stockholm, when Mil. ton's book was brought thither, in fome of his letters to Nicholas Heinsius, says, that he had the only copy of Milton's book, that the Queen borrowed it of him, was very much pleased with
it, and commended Mil ton's wit and manner of writing ; and that Salmasius was very angry, and very busy in preparing his an. fwer, wherein he abused Milton as if he had been one of the vileft catamites in Italy, and also criticised his Latin poems. - Heinsius writes again to Voffius from Holland, that he wondered that only one copy of Milton's book was brought to Stockholm, when three were fent-thither, one to the Queen, another to Voffius, and the third to Salmafius ; that the book was in every body's hands, and there had been"four editions in a few months, besides the English one; that a Dutch translation was handed about, and a French one was expected. i Afterwards he writes from Ve. nice, that Holstenius had lent him Milton's Latirt poems; that they were nothing, compared with the elegance of his Apology; that he had offended fre: quently againitt prosody, and here was a great open. ing for Salmafius's criticisin : But as to Miltor's ha: ving been a catanite in Italy, he says, that it was a mere calumny; on the contrary, he was disiked by the Italians, for the feverity of his manners, and for the freedom of his discourses against Popery. In a. thers of his letters Heinfius mention's how angry Salmafius. was with him for commending Milton's. book ;, and says; that Grafwinkelius had written something against Milton, which was to have been printed by Elzevir, but it was fuppreffed by public authority.
The firft reply was published in 1651; intitled, ku tipology for the King and people, &c. Apologia pro rege et populo Anglicani, contra Johannis Polypragmatici (alias Miltoni ingli). defensionen deftructivam regis at popul D 3.