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THE

PROSE WORKS

OF

JOHN MILTON:

WITH A

BIOGRAPHICAL INTRODUCTION,

BY

RUFUS WILMOT GRISWOLD.

HE WAS IN HIS STYLE
NAKED AND STERN; AND TO EFFEMINATE EARS
PERCHANCE EVEN HARSH; BUT WHO WILL DARE DISPUTE
HIS STRENGTH AND GRANDEUR ?

SIR EGERTON BRYD GES.

MILTON! THOU SHOULDST BE LIVING AT THIS HOUR.
......... RETURN TO US AGAIN,
AND GIVE US MANNERS, VIRTUE, FREEDOM, POWER.
THY SOUL WAS LIKE A STAR, AND DWELT APART :
THOU HADST A VOICE, WHOSE SOUND WAS LIKE THE SEA :
PURE AS THE NAKED HEAVENS, MAJESTIC, FREE ;
SO DIDST THOU TRAVEL ON LIFE'S COMMON WAY,
IN CHEERFUL GODLINESS, AND YET THY HEART
THE LOWLIEST DUTIES ON HERSELF DID LAY.

WORDSWORTH.

IN TWO VOLUMES.

II.

PHILADELPHIA:

HERMAN HOOKER, PUBLISHER, No. 16 SOUTH SEVENTH STREET.

1845.

Printed by T. K. & P. G. Collins.

h hibr

Davies
12.5.40
42153

CONTENTS OF THE SECOND VOLUME.

A DEFENCE of the People of England, in answer to Salmasius's Defence of

the King....

5

A Treatise of Civil Power in Ecclesiastical Causes: showing, that it is not law-

ful for any Power on Earth to compel in Matters of Religion...... 127

Considerations touching the likeliest Means to remove Hirelings out the

Church, &c.......

145

A Letter to a Friend, concerning the Ruptures of the Commonwealth.... 170

The present Means and brief Delineation of a free Commonwealth, easy to be

put in practice, and without delay. In a Letter to General Monk........ 173

The ready and easy way to establish a free Commonwealth, and the Excellence

thereof, compared with the Inconveniences and Dangers of readmitting

Kingship in this Nation.....

174

Brief Notes upon a late Sermon, titled, “The Fear of God and the King,"

preached, and since published, by Matthew Griffith, D. D. and Chaplain to

the late King, wherein many notorious Wrestlings of Scripture, and other

Falsities, are observed.....

191

The History of Britain, that Part especially now called England; from the first

traditional Beginning, continued to the Norman Conquest. Collected out

of the ancientest and best Authors thereof. Published from a Copy cor-

rected by the Author himself......

197

Of true Religion, Heresy, Schism, Toleration, and what best Means may be used

against the Growth of Popery. Printed in the year 1673.....

343

A brief History of Moscovia, and other less known Countries lying Eastward of

Russia, as far as Cathay, gathered from the writings of several Eye-witnesses 350

A Declaration, or Letters Patents for the Election of John the Third, King of

Poland, elected on the 22d of May, Anno Dom. 1674, containing the Rea-

sons of this Election, the great Virtues and Merits of the said serene Elect,

his eminent Services in War, especially in his last great Victory against the

Turks and Tartars; whereof many Particulars are here related, not pub-

lished before.....

375

Letters of State to most of the Sovereign Princes and Republics of Europe, during

the Administration of the Commonwealth, and the Protectors Oliver and

Richard Cromwell.......

380

Letters written in the Name of the Parliament....

ibid.

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