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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 Symõns, and other the consideracõns herein mentioned, hath given, granted and assigned, and by these pñts doth give, grant and assign unto the said Samol 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 same is or shall be called or distinguished, now lately licensed to be printed, together wth the full benefitt, profit, and advantage thereof, or wch shall or may arise thereby. And the said John Milton for him, his exrs and adm's, doth covenant woh the said Sam" Symõns, his exis 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 ex" or assø, or any person or persons by his or their consent or privity. And that he the said John Milton, his exrs or admrs 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 ex's or asss : In concideracon whereof the said Samell Symons for him, his exrs and admrs doth covenant with the said John Milton, his exrs, and asss well and truly to pay unto the said John Milton, his exrs, and admr the sum of five pounds of lawfull english money at the end of the first Impression, which the said Sam" Symõns, his exprs 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 said John Milton, or his ass 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 ex's, adm's, 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.
John Milton. (Seal). Sealed and delivered in , John Fisher.
the presence of us, S 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,
JOHN MILTON. . 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 London Wid
dow, 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 Excutrs and Administrators All and all manner of Accon and Accons 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 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.
Then, as new wak'd, thus gratefully reply'd.'
• To whom thus Adam gratefully reply'd.'
Book xii. V. 1.
As one who in his journey bates at noon,
Some few additions were also made to the Poem, the notice of which will interest the critical reader.
Book v. V. 637.
Are fill’d, before th' all-bounteous King,' &c. were thus enlarged in the second edition :
They eat, they drink, and in communion sweet
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, now in the British Museum, additional MS. No. 5017. f. 71. (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, 1 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, 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 Ancient Painters, 4to. 1667, and other small works. See Salvino Salvino, in Fast. Consularibus, p. 536, and Bandini Comm. de vità 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 illustrati' Nic. ius
icated a book 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.
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 Do cum, 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.
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, πρός & ημείς πρωι 1 διαλυόμενοι εθέμεθα χειμάζούσα, και ταρασσομένη δύο ήδη όλας ημέρας, άλλ όμως τοσούτον επιθυμώ της σής συνδιαιτήσεως, ώσθ' υπό επιθυμίας ήδη ευδίαν, και γαλήνην, και πάντα χρυσά εις τον αυριον ονειρώττειν, και μόνον ου μαντεύεσθαι, ένα λόγων φιλοσόφων, και πεπαιδευμένων ευωχώμεθα εξ αλλήλων, διά τούτο ούν ήβουλόμην προς σε γράφειν, του προκάλεισθαι, και αναθαρσύνειν χάριν, δέισας μή προς έτερα άττα νούν προσέχης απέλπισας ήλιασμούς, και ηδυπαθειας, εις το παρόνγε. Αλλα σύ θάρσει ώ φίλε, και έμμενε τώ δόξαντι συναμφούν, και αναλάμβανε διάθεσιν της ψυχής εορταστικήν, και φαιδροτέραν της καθημερινής. και γάρ έσαύριον εσται πάντα καλώς, και ο αήρ, και ο ήλιος, και ο πόταμος, και δένδρα και όρνίθια, και γη, και άνθρωποι εορτάζουσιν ημίν, συνγελασουσιν, και συγχορευσουσι, το δή άνεμέσητως λελέχθω μόνον συ έτοιμος γινου, ή κληθεις εξορμάσθαι, ή και άκλητος ποθούντι επέλθειν. ".Αυτομάτος δέ οϊ ήλθε 2 βοήν άγαθος Μενέλαος. "Ερρωσο.