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land, and Dr. Johnfon's upon Newton, in their several accounts of Milton's conduct with respect to religious worship; and we think it an apt illuftration of Toby Smollet's ftory of the three crows. For our parts, we are of opinion, that Milton's fentiments, or the practical effects of them in matters of religion, want no vindication. As to the matter in queftion, we remember a paffage in Robert Barclay's catechifm, where the author, having cited feveral texts of Scripture, concludes, Ex omnibus hifce fcripturæ locis apparet, verum Dei cultum in spiritu effe; et ficut nec certo cuilibet loco, ita nec certo cuivis tempori limitatur. This might be Milton's perfuafion, as well as BarL 9
clay's; but no confiderate man would conclude from these words, that Barclay never prayed in private.
The worthy man to whofe memory thefe papers are dedicated fell under many foolish and illiberal fufpicions on account of his abfenting from public worship. If any of our more ingenuous readers have been impofed upon, or influenced by fuch base infinuations of purblind bigotry, we may hope they will now fee in fome expreffions of Mr. Hollis's heart-felt unaffected piety, that pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father, does not depend upon a man's exterior connections with any vi-, fible church, or religious fociety, fo
called, whatever. And this we presume to offer as a complete apology for Milton, as well as his excellent and ever memorable difciple.
The Blazoning of MILTON'S ARMS, which are prefixed to thefe REMARKS.
"THE Arms that John Milton did ufe " and feal his letters with, were Argent, "a Spread Eagle, with two heads gules, legg'd and beak'd fable."
Wood, vol. I. faft. 262.
These arms are engraved in Toland's Milton, vol. I. but the creft is not there as in Milton's feal.
Milton's feal, from which the arms were taken, was bought of Mr. John Payne, by T. H. for three guineas, 1761.
It is in filver, came into his poffeffion on the death of Fofter, who had married a grand-daughter of Milton's.
The dates of the original editions of
1641, Of Reformation in England. 1641, Of Prelatical Epifcopacy. 1641, Of Church Government. 1641, Animadverfions upon the Remoirftrants defence againft Smectymnus.
1642, An Apology for Smectymnus. 1644, Areopagitica.
1644, The Doctrine and Difcipline of Divorce.
1644, The Doctrine, &c. of Divorce
much augmented, a fecond
1645, The fame.