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“ Mr. Milton's Agreement with Mr. Symons for Paradise Lost.
dated 27th April, 1667. (The original is in the portefion of Mr. S. Rogers.)
HESE Presents made the 27th day of Aprill 1667 be
tween 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 Symõns, and other the consideracõns herein mentioned, hath given, granted and assigned, and by these pñts doth give, grant and assign unto the said Sain' Symõns, his executors, and assignees, All that Booke, Copy, or Manuscript of a Poem intituled Paradise Lost, or by whatsoever other title or name the fame is or shall be called or distinguished, now lately licensed to be printed, together with the full benefitt, profit, and advantage thereof, or wet shall or may arise thereby. And the said John Milton for him, his exts and adm", doth covenant wth the said Sam' Symõns, his ex's and also that he and they shall at all times hereafter have, hold and enjoy the fame and all impressions thereof accordingly, without the lett or hindrance of him the said John Milton, his ex's or ass, or any person or persons by his or their consent or privity. And that he the said John Milton, his ex's 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 exrs or asso: In concideracon whereof the said Samell Symõns for him, his exts and admdoth covenant with the said John Milton, his ex", and ass 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 ex", or ass 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 said John Milton, or his ass at the end of the second impreffion 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 ex's, adm", and ass 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 faid 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.
JOHN MILTON. (Seal). Sealed and delivered in John Fisher.
the presence of us, Š Benjamin Greene, servi to Mr. Milton.
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,
Witness, Edmund Upton.
I do hereby acknowledge to have received of Samuel Symõnds
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 8vo-By 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 Lonsaid Samuel Symonds—I ever had and which I my heires Executors 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 pflents. In witness whereof I have hereunto fett my hand and seale the twenty ninth-day of Apriil 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.
don Widdow, late wife of John Milton of London Gent: deceased—have remissed released and for ever quitt claimed And by these pflents doe remise release & for ever quitt clayme unto Samuel Symonds of London, Printer - his heirs Excuts 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 demands—And all & every other matter cause and thing whatsoever which against the
ELIZABETH MILTON. Signed and delivered in
the pffence of Jof. Leigh Wm Wilkins.
(The above three articles are, I believe, in the possession of Mr. Dawson Turner.)
Alterations by Milton from the first edition in ten Books, for the
second edition in twelve.
Book viii. V. 1.
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.
Then, with transition fweet, new speech resumes." Some few additions were also made to the Poem, the notice of which will interest the critical reader.
Book v. V. 637.
Are fili'd before th’ all-bounteous king,” &c. were thus enlarged in the second edition ;
“ They eat, they drink, and in communion sweet
Of surfeit, where full measure only bounds
Book xi. V. 484. after
“ Dæmoniac phrenzy, moping melancholy,
Marasmus, and wide-wasting pestilence.”
Of rendring up. Michael to him reply'd) received this addition:
“ Of rendring up, and patiently attend
No. i. ii. Greek letters of C. Deodati to Milton, formerly in the possession of Toland, who says they are very handsomely written, now in the British Museum, additional MS. No.5017*, folio 64, &c. (see Toland's Life of Milton, p. 23.)
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 office of publishing his works. Heinsius says, “DATIVM, amiciffimum 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 amiciffimus Car. Datius, noftræ flos illibatus urbis, suadæque Etruscæ medulla, quam omni literarum parata quotidie auget, atque illuftrat.” Nic. Heinsius 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. Among Alex. Mori Poemata is one to C. Dati.
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 Aitzema, informing Milton that he was causing a Dutch translation of his book on Divorce to be made at the Hague, see Milton's answer, p. 42, Feb. 1654. Leo or Lieuwe van Aitzema was a gentleman of Friesland, who was born at Doccum in 1600, and died at the Hague, where he was the resident for the Hanse towns, in 1669. He printed some Latin poems, and was the author of several works in Dutch; the most important of which is the “Saken van Staet en Oorlogh,” a book of memoirs on the history of Holland, from 1621 onwards, of which there are two editions, in fourteen volumes quarto and in ten folio. The British Museum possesses both, and the folio copy, which formerly belonged to Southey, contains a very interesting note on the fly-leaf, from the pen of the laureate. It is as follows: “ The Lord Keeper Guildford learnt Dutch for the sake of reading this book, Sir Peter Lely having recommended it to him, “as if there needed no other to make men exquisite scholars and politicians.' Roger North however is mistaken in calling it' such a sort of book as our Rushworth.' It is much better. Aitzema is as much above Rushworth as he is below Thuanus, but not less indispensable in an historical library than either. R, S.” -Mr. Thos. Watts.
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 ημείς πρωι' διαλυόμενοι εθέμεθα, χειμάζούσα, και ταρασσομένη