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In the days of Milton


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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1905 edition. Excerpt: ...poet replied, closing the discussion. But this was not until 1642. In Milton's final "Confutation" we find the passage often quoted expressing the poet's good will toward Cambridge, and his assertion that the authorities of his college would have been glad to keep him among them. We also find Milton's account of his life in London at this time--early rising, the morning's exercise, reading of good authors, and generally a life of purity and high endeavor. But the pamphlet, though it contains some beautiful passages, has also much modern taste finds low and undignified--mere vulgar abuse, only to be excused, if at all, by the plea that men wrote so in those days, and must write in such terms to be forcible. This was published in July, just before King Charles made his hurried journey to Edinburgh for the sake of seeking allies among the Scotch lords, with John Hamp-den dogging his steps in order that the Parliament might know what their unreliable monarch was about. They could not trust him, for he had been in this same year detected in a plot to take Strafford from the Tower by force, and in other conspiracies as unworthy of the throne. It was these attempts to use force that made the Parliament insist upon having command of the military. There was no standing army, but each county had annual training seasons when the citizens were marshaled into the "trained bands"--such as "John Gilpin" captained. These militiamen were the backbone of England's fighting force, and upon their inclining to King or Parliament hung the whole settlement of the quarrel. These forces were under the command of the Lord Lieutenants of the counties, and Parliament was now demanding that the King should transfer the appointment of these militia generals to the legislative...

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