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I OHN MILTON;

Containing, besides

the history of his works,

several extraordinary characters

of men, and books, fects, parties, and opinions :

WITH

A MY N TOR;

Or a defense of Milton's life :

BY IOHN TOLAND.

AND UARIOUS NOTES NOW ADDED.

VICTRIX CAUSA DIIS PLACVIT, SED VICTA CATONI.

LONDON PRINTED FOR IOHN DARBY MDCXCIX.

REPRINTED FOR A. MILLAR IN THE STRAND

MDCCLXI.

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SEND you at length, my best friend, what

you

have so often and earnestly follicited me to write, the life of yoHN MILTON, a man eminent at home and famous abroad for his universal learning, sagacity, and solid judgment : but particularly noted as well for those excellent volumes he wrote on the behalf of civil, religious, and domestic liberty; as for his divine and incomparable poems, which, equalling the most beautiful order and expression of any antient or modern compositions, are infinitely above them all for fublimity and invention. Observing in this performance the rules of a faithful historian, being neither provok'd by

malice,

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