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r The reader will compare these evidences with the printed accounts of Milton's biographers on this subjećt; who say, that he sold his library before his death, and left his family fifteen hundred pounds, which his widow Elizabeth seized, and only gave one hundred pounds to each of his three daughters. Of this widow, Philips relates, rather harshly, that she persecuted his children in his
life time, and cheated them at his death. Milton had children, who survived him, only by his first wife, the three daughters so after named of these, Anne, the first, deformed in stature, but with a handsome face, married a master builder, and died of her first childbirth, with the infant. Mary, the second, died fingle. Deborah, the third, and the greatest favourite of the three, went over to Ireland as companion to a lady in her father's life time; and afterwards married Abraham Clarke a weaver in Spitalfields, and died, aged seventy-fix in August 1727. This is the daughter that used to read to her father; and was well known to Richardson, and Professor Ward. A woman of a very cultivated understanding, and not inelegant of manners. She was generously patronised by Addison; and by queen Caroline, who sent her a present of fifty guineas. She had seven sons and three daughters, of whom only Celeb and Elizabeth are remembered. Celeb migrated to Fort Saint George, where perhaps he died. Elizabeth, the youngest daughter, married Thomas Foster a weaver in Spittle-fields, and had seven children, who all died. She is said to have been a plain sensible woman; and kept a petty grocer’s or chandler's shop, first at lower Holloway, and afterwerds in Cocklane near Shoreditch church. In April, 1752, Com us was ačted for her benefit: Doãor Johnson, who wrote the Prologue, says, “she had so little acquaintance “ with diversion or gaiety, that she did not know what was intended when a - f 44 benefit
“ benefit was offered her.” The profits of the performance were only one hundred and thirty pounds; although Dočtor Newton contributed largely, and twenty pounds were given by Jacob Tonson the bookseller. On this trifling augmentation to their small stock, she and her husband removed to Islington, where they both soon died. So much greater is our taste, our charity, and general national liberality, at the distance of forty years, that I will venture to pronounce, that in the present day, a benefit at one of our theatres for the relief of a poor and an infirm grand daughter of the author of Comus and Paradis E Lost, would have been much more amply and worthily supported.
For an investigation of these papers in the Perrogative Registry, for an explanation of their nature and purport, and of other tecnical difficulties which they present to one unacquainted with the records and more antient practice of the Perogative court in testementary proceedings, I must confess myself indebted to the kind attention and friendship of SIR WILLI AM Scot T.
There are other papers in the Commons belonging to this business: but as they are mere forms of law, as they throw no new light on the cause, and furnish no anecdotes of Milton and his family, they are hers omitted.
Lycidas. Page 1.
M IS C E L L A N I E S.
CoLLEGE. 397. EPITAPH on SHAKE SPEAR E. 317. ON THE UNIVERSITY CARRIER. 3.18.
ON THE NEw For CER's of consci ENCE UNDER THE LoNG PAR LIAMENT. 321.
I. To THE NIGHTING ALE. 325. II. Donna leggiadra, &c. 327.
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