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fituation, would necessarily have implied his constant endeavour to attain the greatness and superiority he envied. His addrefles to the Parliament are undeniable testimonies of his readiness to submit to every ordinance of man which was not a terror to good works; and the only difference between Milton's system of government and Dr. Johnson's is, that the former seated the laws above the King; and the latter enthrones the inonarch
above the laws.
Some portions of common sense however are yet left among us. Witness the following remark, transcribed from the news-paper above cited.
“ With what emphasis do ministers “ and men in power pronounce the words
" SER• SERVICE
de Service and obey! and how great and
OBEY ** respectable do they think themselves Be when they say; THE KING MY MASTER ** They' dèspise the republicans, who * only are free, and who are certainly more noble than they."
In conclusion, the good Doctor turns evésdropper; and, to warn the public against the principles of the iniscreant Milton, condescends to inform us of what passed in the domestic privacies of his family. “ Milton's character, in his « doinestic relations, was severe and ar* bitrary." How does he know this? * His family consisted of women," he
" and there appears, in his “ books, something like a Turkish con
tempt of females, as fubordinate and
¢ inferior beings.” A mot heinous of fence ! enough to mufter the whole multitude of English: Amazons against him. But the question is not concerning what is in his books, bué what passed in his kitchen and parlour. We want in. ftances; and here they are: “ That his * own daughters might not break the * ranks; he suffered them to be deprer* fed by a meán and pemurious educar 66 tion,'
The impudence of Belial would be abafhed at so grofs à misrepresentations Milton's daughters grew impatient of reading what they did not understand; this impatience « broke out more and “ more into expressions of uneasiness." What had they now to expect from their
Turkish father? what! but ftripes and imprisonment in a dark chamber, and a daily pittance of bread and water. No such matter. They were relieved from their task, and “ sent out to learn some “ curious and ingenious forts of manu6 facture that were proper for women
to learn, particularly imbroideries in
gold and filver *.” And how far this branch of education was from being either mean or penurious in those days, the remains of these curious and ingenious works, performed by accomplished females of the highest and nobleft extraction, testify to this very day.
To account for this tyranny of Milton over his females, the Doctor says, “He * Philips, p. xliji.
thought " thought woman made only for obe“ dience, and man only for rebelob lion *.”
In the first member of this quaint antithefis the Doctor perhaps did not guess far amiss at Milton's thought. He seems to have been of St. Paul's opinion, that
women were made for obedience." But Paul and Milton had different ideas of rebellion from those of Dr. Johnson. That Prynne, Burton, and Bastwick, were rebels in Dr. Johnson's fcale, no one can doubt. And yet they had cers tainly an equal right to infift upon the privileges of Englishmen against Dx,
, Laud and his affeffors, as Paul had to plead those of a Roman citizen againg
* Life, p. 144