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we are less disposed to wonder than to smile at the cowardly and pitiful insult: but when we see subjected to similar indignities the mouldering remains of the noble-minded
as upon his body, it might effectually fall upon that of the King. That, on that order of the Commons, in King Charles the second's time, the tomb was broken down, and the body, taken out of a coffin so inscribed as mentioned in the Serjeant's report, was from thence conveyed to Tyburn, and, to the utmost joy and triumph of that crew of miscreants, hung publickly on the gallows amidst an infinite crowd of spectators, almost infected with the noisomeness of the stench. The secret being only amongst that abandoned few, there was no doubt in the rest of the people, but the bodies, so exposed, were the bodies they were said to be; had not some, whose curicsity had brought them nearer to the tree, observed with horror the remains of a countenance they little had expected there; and that, on tying the cord, there was a strong seam about the neck, by which the head had been, as supposed, immediately after the decollation, fastened again to the body. This being whispered about, and the numbers that came to the dismal sight hourly increasing, notice was immediately given of the suspicion to the attending officer, who dispatched a messenger to court to acquaint them with the rumour, and the ill consequences the spreading or examining into it further might have. On which the bodies were immediately ordered down to be buried again to prevent any infection. Certain is it, they were not burnt, as in prudence, for that pretended reason, might have been expected; as well as in justice, to have shewn the utmost detestation for their crimes, and the most Jasting mark of infamy they could inflict upon them. This was the account he gave. What truth there is in it, is not so certain. Many circumstances mako the surmise not altogether improbable: as all those enthusiasts, to the last moments of their lives, ever gloried in the truth of it."
Blake, of the mild and the amiable Claypole, one of whom had strenuously opposed all the crimes of her father's ambition and the other had carried the thunder and the fame of his country to the extremities of the world, we are shocked by the infamy of the deed, and are tempted in the bitterness of our hearts to vent a curse upon the savageness of the perpetrators.
“ Glows our resentment into guilt?—what guilt
Can equal violations of the dead?
Of this heaven-labour'd form, erect, divide.
Respecting the great Blake, whose name occupies the first place in our naval annals, and who, for integrity and a truly patriotic spirit, is unquestionably one of the first characters in our bistory, the reader can require no information.-Mrs. Claypole was the Protector's favourite daughter; and she had been uniform in her opposition to all the violences of his ambition. Her intercession for the life of the royalist, Doctor Hewett, had been so earnest, that her disappointment on its failure is supposed to have bastened the crisis of her death. The Protector's mother, whose relics were exposed to the sanie unworthy treatment, was equally adverse to his elevation and ambitious excesses, She was an excellent and amiable woman, and with her granddaughter, whom we have just mentioned, was entitled to, the respect of all parties. Among the bodies torn on this occa, sion by brutal revenge from the sanctuary of the tomb, was that of May the continuator and translator of Lucan, and that of the celebrated Pym. The bodies, which were thus dug up and thrown together into a common pit, were more than twenty; and this de-, testable violation of the grave was stopped only by the popular indignation which it justly excited, and which the prudence of the government judged it proper to respect.
This heaven-assumed majestic robe of earth
Freed from immediate danger, Milton had now leisure to reflect on all these revengeful and dishonourable violences of the government; and the impression made on his mind by the sufferings of his party may be distinctly traced in some pathetic and animated strains in the Samson Agonistes.
« God of our fathers! what is man!
That thou towards him with hand so various,
Not only dost degrade them, or remit
Scarcely had Milton left his concealment when he was taken into custody, in consequence, as we may conclude, of the order for his apprehension which had been issued by the House of Coinmons on the 16th of June: but all our acquaintance with the transaction is derived from the following minutes in the Journals of that House.
“ Saturday 15th Decem. 1660. “ Ordered, that Mr. Milton now in custody of the Serjeant, attending this House, be forthwith released, paying his fees."
66 Mond. 17th Decem. “ A complaint being made, that the Ser
jeant at arms had demanded excessive fees for the imprisonment of Mr. Milton:"
“ Ordered, that it be referred to a committee for privileges, to examine this business, and to call Mr. Milton and the Serjeant before them, and to determine what is fit to be given to the Serjeant for his fees in this case.”
On his return to society, Milton took a house in Holborn near to Red Lion Square; which he occupied only for a short term, as we find him, in 1662, residing in Jewin Street. From this situation he removed to a small house in the Artillery Walk adjoining to Bunhill Fields, where he continued during the remaining part of his life. The circumstance of his lodging for some interinediate time, after he left Jewin Street, with Millington the celebrated auctioneer, who was accustomed to lead his venerable inmate by the hand when he walked in the streets, is mentioned by Richardson on the testimony of a person, who was acquainted with Milton and who had frequently met him abroad with his conductor and host. The fact therefore ought not to be rejected in consequence of its oinission by the other biographers of our author.
In Jewin Street, on the recommendation of his friend Dr. Paget, a physician of emi