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Mr. Milton's Agreement with Mr. Symons for Paradise

Lost, dated 27th April, 1667.

• These Presents made the 27th day of Aprill 1667 between John Milton, gent. of the one part, and Samuel Symons, printer, of the other part, wittness That the said John Milton in consideration of five pounds to him now paid by the said Samuel Symons, and other the consideracons herein mentioned, hath given, granted and assigned, and by these pñts doth give, grant and assign unto the said Sam' Symons, his executors, and assignees, All that Booke, Copy, or Manuscript of a Poem intituled Paradise Lost, or by whatsoever other title or name the same is or shall be called or distinguished, now lately licensed to be printed, together with the full benofitt, profit, and advantage thereof, or whch shall or may arise thereby. And the said John Milton for him, his exrs and adm», doth covenant wth the said Sam Symõns, his ex" and asss that he and they shall at all times hereafter have, hold and enjoy the same and all impressions thereof accordingly, without the lett or hindrance of him the said John Milton, his exrs or asss, or any person or persons by his or their consent or privity. And that he the said John Milton, his ex" or adm" or any other by his or their meanes or consent, shall not print or cause to be printed, or sell, dispose or publish the said book or manuscript, or any other book or manuscript of the same tenor or subject, without the consent of the said Sam! Symõns, his exn or asss: In concideracon whereof the said Sameu Symõns for him, his exrs and adm" doth covenant with the said John Milton, his exrs, and asss well and truly to pay unto the said John Milton, his exrs, and adm's the sum of five pounds of lawfull english money at the end of the first Impression, which the said Sam Symõns, his ext, or asss shall make and publish of the said copy or manuscript, which impression shall be accounted to be ended when thirteen hundred books of the said whole copy or manuscript imprinted, shall be sold and retailed off to particular reading customers. And shall also pay other five pounds, unto the VOL. I.


said John Milton, or his asss at the end of the second impression to be accounted as aforesaid, And five pounds more at the end of the third impression, to be in like manner accounted. And that the said three first impressions shall not exceed fifteen hundred books or volumes of the said whole copy or manuscript, a peice. And further, that he the said Samuel Symons, and his exrs, admrs, and asss shall be ready to make oath before a Master in Chancery concerning his or their knowledge and belief of or concerning the truth of the disposing and selling the said books by retail, as aforesaid, whereby the said Mr. Milton is too be entitled to his said money from time to time, upon every reasonable request in that behalf, or in default thereof shall pay the said five pounds agreed to be paid upon every impression, as aforesaid, as if the same were due, and for and in lieu thereof. In witness whereof, the said parties have to this writing indented, interchangeably sett their hands and seales the day and yeare first above written.


Sealed and delivered in John Fisher. the presence of us,

Benjamin Greene, servt to Mr.


April 26, 1669. Recd then of Samuel Simmons five pounds, being the Second

five pounds to be paid-mentioned in the Covenant. I say recd by me,

JOHN MILTON. Witness, Edmund Upton.

I do hereby acknowledge to have received of Samuel Sy

mõnds Cittizen and Statõner of London, the Sum of Eight pounds: which is in full payment for all my right, title, or interest, which I have or ever had in the Coppy of a Poem Intitled Paradise Lost in Twelve Bookes in 8voBy John Milton, Gent. my late husband. Wittness my hand this 21st day of December 1680.

ELIZABETH MILTON. Wittness, William Yopp, Ann Yopp.

Know all men by these pssents that I Elizabeth Milton of London Widdow, late wife of John Milton of London Gent: deceased–have remissed released and for ever quitt claimed And by these pssents doe remise release & for ever quitt

clayme unto Samuel Symonds of London, Printer-his heirs Excuta and Administrators All and all manner of Accoñ and Accoñs Cause and Causes of Accon Suites Bills Bonds writinges obligatorie Debts dues duties Accompts Summe and Sumes of money Judgments Executions Extents Quarrells either in Law or Equity Controversies and demandsAnd all & every other matter cause and thing whatsoever which against the said Samuel Symonds—I ever had and which I my heires Executers or Administrators shall or may have clayme & challenge or demand for or by reason or means of any matters cause or thing whatsoever from the beginning of the World unto the day of these pssents. In witness whereof I have hereunto sett my hand and seale the twenty-ninth-day of April in the thirty third Year of the Reigne of our Sovereign Lord Charles by the grace of God of England Scotland ffrance and Ireland King defender of the ffaith & Anno Dni. 1681.

ELIZABETH MILTON. Signed and delivered

in the pssence of Jos. Leigh Wm Wilkins.

Alterations by Milton from the first edition in ten Books,

for the second edition twelve.

Book viii. V. 1.
The Angel ended, and in Adam's ear,
So charming left his voice, that he a while
Thought him still speaking; still stood fix'd to hear:

Then, as new wak'd, thus gratefully reply'd.' The latter part of the verse was taken from the line in the first edition*To whom thus Adam gratefully reply'd.'

Book xii. V. 1.
As one who in his journey bates at noon,
Though bent on speed: so here th’ arch-angel paus’d,
Betwixt the world destroy'd, and world restor'd;
If Adam ought perhaps might interpose:

Then, with transition sweet, new speech resumes.' Some few additions were also made to the Poem, the notice of which will interest the critical reader.

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Book v. V. 637.
They eat, they drink, and with refection sweet

Are fill'd, before th' all-bounteous king,' &c. were thus enlarged in the second edition:

• They eat, they drink, and in communion sweet
Quaff immortality, and joy, (secure
Of surfeit, where full measure only bounds
Excess) before th' all-bounteous king,' &c.


Book xi. V. 484, after
• Intestine stone, and ulcer, cholic-pangs,'
these three verses were added:

Dæmoniac phrenzy, moping melancholy,
And moor-struck madness, pining atrophy;

Marasmus, and wide-wasting pestilence.'
And ver. 551, of the same book (which was originally thus:

Of rendring up. Michael to him reply'd) received this addition:

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Of rendring up, and patiently attend
My dissolution. Michael reply'd.'


p. 23.)

No. i. ii. Greek letters of C. Deodati to Milton, formerly in the possession of Toland, now in the British Museum, additional MS. No. 5017, f. 71, (see Toland's Life of Milton,

No. iii. an Italian letter to Milton, from Florence, without the name of the author affixed. Carlo Dati was the principal correspondent of Milton: and I should have supposed that he had been the writer of this letter; but that he is represented as a nobleman of large fortune, and in this letter the writer speaks of his being appointed to the professorship of Belles Lettres in the academy of Florence, on the death of Doni. If not from Carlo Dati, I should presume it must be from Bonmattei, his other Florentine correspondent. Since writing the above, I have discovered that Carlo Dati succeeded Doni in the professorship. He therefore is the writer. Doni died Dec. 1647, aged fifty-three, he left C. Dati the 1 πρωην in Marg.

office of publishing his works. Heinsius says, 'DATIVM, amicissimum mihi juvenem Donius impense diligebat.' C. Dati died in Jan. 1675, aged fifty-six. Dati took the name in the Acad. della Crusca of Smarrito. He wrote the Lives of the Antient Painters, 4to. 1667, and other small works. See Salvino Salvino in Fast. Consularibus, p. 536, and Bandini Comm. de vitâ Donii, p. xci. very interesting mention of C. Dati occurs repeatedly, in the Epistles of N. Heinsius. Bayle says he was very civil and officious to all learned travellers who went to Florence. Chimentelli thus speaks of him, Clarissimus et amicissimus Car. Datius, nostræ flos illibatus urbis, suadæque Etruscæ medulla, quam omni literarum paratu quotidie auget, atque illustrat.' Nic. Heinsius has dedicated a book of his Elegies to Carlo Dati, in which he mentions his acquaintance with Gaddi, Coltellini, Doni, Frescobaldi and other of Milton's friends. Carlo Dati received him with the same hospitality, which he had showed to Milton. He also mentions his reception by Chimentelli at Pisa.

No. iv. Letter from Peter Heimbach. To this letter, an answer by Milton is found among his Epistles, p. 65. There is an address to · Cromwell in Latin written by Heimbach, printed in London, 1656. This letter was sent after an interval of nine years in their correspondence; and was an affectionate inquiry concerning Milton's safety, during the plague of the preceding year.

No. v. Letter from ‘Leo ab Aizema, informing Milton he had printed a Dutch translation of his Book on Divorce. See Milton's Answer, p. 42, Feb. 1654. Leo ab Aizema, was a gentleman of Friesland, born at Doccum, 1600. He printed some Latin poems, and Historia Pacis a fæderat: Belgis ab An. 1621. He was the resident for the Hans Towns, at the Hague, and was a clever, friendly, and liberal man. See Saxii Onom. Lit. Vol. iv. p. 216.

No. I.

θεόσδοτος Μίλτωνι ευφραινεσθαι. (Condoling with him on the bad weather, and anticipating

a meeting on the return of the fine.) Η μεν παρούσα κατάστασης του αερος δοκέι φθονερώτερον διακείσθαι, προς α ημείς πρωι1 διαλυόμενοι εθέμεθα, χειμάζούσα, και ταρασσομένη δύο ήδη όλας ημέρας, άλλ' όμως τοσού

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