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and industrious Men to the Public. Several of the Presbyterian Ministers themselves, did eminent service to the Public, at the beginning of this Parliament, by publishing bold, but useful Books, without Licenses, in contempt of the Laws concerning Licensing then in being. The Order of Parliament, next before the present one, was the properest Regulation that could be made concerning the Liberty of the Press.
* This distinctive epithet he adopted from Isocrates, who inscribed ΑΡΕΙΟΠΑΓΙΤΙΚΟΣ Λογος on one of his Orations. The concluding member of the passage relative to the present work which I have, in the Prefatory Remarks, quoted from Milton's second Defence "ad justæ Orationis modum Areopagiticam “ scripsi” - appears to be decisive of the sense he affixed to AREOPAGITICA; that he applied it to the level and unvarnished diction which the Pleaders before that high Council were restricted to by a standing rule. At the same time it ought not to be dissembled, that this construction differs widely from the interpretation of the latest Editor of Isocrates. M. Auger determines roundly, that it was so called – « ob nihil aliud
quam " quod ibi multa mentio fit Areopagitici Senatûs.” Op. Om. II. 88. Parisiis; 1782.
The Abbé's intimate acquaintance with this branch of classical Knowlege is, I believe, admitted by Scholars without hesitation. Still, I greatly question whether we have in this the correct acceptation, and suspect that it is but little worthy of attention. In the first place, it is easy for the Reader to ascertain for himself, that we meet with no such frequent mention of Areopagus in the Greek text as will authorize Auger's assertion, that it thence acquired the title. The name occurs, I think, but twice throughout the Oration. Next, it is contradictory to the explanations that gained the sanction of H. Stephens in his third Diatribe on this Writer, which are all far more plausible : " AREOPA“ GITICA oratio aliud nomen (quod sciam) non habet : sed tan“ tom apelottayilexos nóros à Græcis itidem vocatur. Interpres “ senatoriam sive censoriam, aut de corrigendâ et ordinandâ re" publicâ, dici posse existimat. Scopus enim ejus, et summa