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PAGE Chap. XVII.-Of Man's Renovation, including his Calling
219 Chap. XVIII.-Of Regeneration
321 CHAP. XIX.-Of Repentance
332 Chap. XX.–Of Saving Faith
337 CHAP. XXI.-Of being engrafted in Christ, and its effects, viz. Newness of Life, and Increase
342 CHAP. XXII.–Of Justification through Faith
349 CHAP. XXIII.—Of Adoption
358 Chap. XXIV –Of Union and Fellowship with Christ and the
Saints, wherein is considered the Mystical or Invisible Church 361 Chap. XXV.–Of Imperfect Glorification ; wherein are considered the Doctrines of Assurance and Final Perseverance
364 CHAP. XXVI.–Of the Manifestation of the Covenant of Grace, written and unwritten, and herein of the Mosaic Law
377 Chap. XXVII.-0f the Gospel, wherein is considered our Enfran
chisement from the Law of Moses ; and of Christian Liberty · 382 CHAP. XXVIII.—Of the Outward Signs of the Covenant of Grace,
viz. Circumcision and the Passover; Baptism and the Lord's
403 Chap. XXIX.–Of the Visible Church, Universal ; its Ordinary and Extraordinary Ministers, and the People
423 Chap. XXX.–Of the Holy Scriptures
437 CHAP. XXXI.--Of Particular Churches, their Ministers, viz. Presbyters and Deacons; and their People
452 CHAP. XXXII.-Of Church Discipline
468 CHAP. XXXIII.—Of Perfect Glorification ; including the Serond
Advent of Christ, the Resurrection of the Dead, the last Judgo-
To enter into a preliminary discussion of the doctrines or 3 opinions contained in the present volume, seems, properly speak
ing, to be no necessary part of the Translator's duty. After
stating, therefore, in the first place, the circumstances under 36
which the original manuscript was discovered, and the reasons
for considering it as the long lost theological work of Milton, it 31 will be sufficient to subjoin, as briefly as possible, a few remarks
chiefly relating to certain peculiarities in the following treatise, by which it is distinguished from the author's other compositions.
From information communicated by Robert Lemon, sen. Esq. Deputy Keeper of His Majesty's State Papers, who has lately completed from the documents under his care an entire series of the Order-Books of the Council of State during the Interregnum,
it appears that Milton retired from active official employment as 4 Secretary for Foreign Languages, about the middle of the year
1655. The following entry occurs under the date of April 17 in 437 that
“ The Councell resumed the debate upon the report made from the 452 Committee of the Councell to whom it was referred to consider of the establishment of the Councell's contingencies.
“ Ordered...... That the former yearly Salary of Mr. John Milton, of Two Hundred Eighty-Eight Pounds, &c., formerly charged on the Councell's contingencies, be reduced to One Hundred and Fiftie Pounds per annum, and paid to him, during his life, out of His Highness' Exchequer.”
This sum must have been intended as a retiring pension in consideration of past services, as it is evident from another entry, under the same date, that a successor was already appointed, at a reduced salary, to discharge the duties of the situation which Milton had previously occupied. “ For the Fee of Mr. Philip Medows, Secretary for the Latine Tongue, after the rate of......
per annum. }
£200 00" From this time it is presumed that Milton ceased to be employed in public business, as his name does not again occur in the 1 The Orders of the Council of State during the Interregnum, brought to light and arranged by the industry of Mr. Lemon, form one of the most interesting series of documents relative to English History at present in existence. They contain the daily transactions of the executive govern. ment in England from 1648-9 to September, 1658, and are particularly valuable from the period of the dissolution of the Long Parliament in 1653, to the death of Cromwell in September 1658; as during the greater part of that time the Council of State, under the Protector, combined both the executive and legislative functions of government, and as these books are the authentic, but hitherto unknown records of their daily proceedings. It is greatly to be desired that the attention of the Record Commissioners should be drawn to these valuable documents, and perhaps it might be advisable that a fair transcript of them should be made, under their sanction, to guard against loss or damage by any accident which may happen to the originals.
Books of the Council of State, which continue in uninterrupted succession till the 2d of September 1658, the day preceding the death of Cromwell."
It is mentioned by the biographers of Milton (l'oland's Life of John Milton, p. 148, 12mo. London, 1699; Newton's Life of Milton, vol. I, p. xl. and lxiii. 8vo. London, 1757 ; Symmons's Life of Milton, appended to his edition of the Prose Works, Vol. VII. p. 500, London, 1806) that about the time when he was thus released from public business, he entered upon the composition of three great works, more congenial to his taste than the employments in which he had been recently engaged, and fitted to occupy his mind under the blindness with which he had been afflicted for nearly three years. The works commenced under these circumstances were Paradise Lost, a Latin Thesaurus, intended as an improvement on that by Robert Stephens, and a body of Divinity compiled from the Holy Scriptures, all which,' according to Wood (Fasti Oxonienses, Part I. 1635, col. 486, edit. 1817), ' notwithstanding the several troubles that befel him in his fortunes, he finished after His Majesty's Restoration.' After enumerating the works of Milton then published, Wood says ; • These I think are all the things he hath yet extant; those that are not, are, a Body of Divinity, which my friend (Aubrey) calls Idea Theologiæ, now, or at least lately, in the hands of the author's acquaintance, called CYBIACK SKINNER, living in Mark Lane, London; and the Latin Thesaurus, in those of EDWARD PHILIPPS, his nephew.'
In allusion to the work which is thus called by Wood, on the authority of Aubrey, Idea Theologiæ, Toland has the following passage : He wrote likewise a System of Divinity, but whether intended for public view, or collected merely for his own use, I cannot determine. It was in the hands of his friend CYRIACK
SKINNER, and where at present is uncertain." Dr. Symmons also says, in a note, Vol. VII. p. 500: 'An answer to a libel on himself, and a system of Theology, called, according to Wood, Idea Theologiæ, are compositions of Milton which have been lost. The last was at one time in the hands of Cyriack Skinner, but what became of it afterwards has not been traced.'
It appears then from the above testimonies, that a treatise on Divinity was known to have been compiled by Milton, and deposited, either for safe custody, or from motives of friendship, in the hands of Cyriack Skinner ; since which time all traces of it have been lost. It is necessary to shew, in the next place, what are the grounds for supposing that the original work, from which the following translation has been executed, is the identical treatise so long concealed from the researches of all the editors and biographers of the author of Paradise Lost.
It is observable that neither Wood, nor any of the subsequent biographers of Milton, have mentioned the language in which his theological treatise was written. To prefix a learned title to an English composition would be so consistent with Milton's own practice, as well as with the prevailing taste of his age, that the circumstance of Aubrey's ascribing to it a Latin name affords no certain proof that the work itself was originally written in that language. In the latter part of the year 1823, however, a Latin manuscript, bearing the following title, JOANNIS MILTONI ANGLI DE DOCTRINA CHRISTIANA, EX SACRIS DUNTAXAT LIBRIS PETITA, DISQUISITIONUM LIBRI DUO POSTHUMI, was discovered by Mr. Lemon, in the course of his researches in the
Old State Paper Office, situated in what is called the Middle Treasury Gallery, Whitehall. It was found in one of the presses, loosely wrapped in two or three sheets of printed paper, with a large number of original letters, informations, examinations and other curious records relative to the Popish plots in 1677 and 1678, and to the Rye House plot in 1683. The same parcel likewise contained a complete and corrected copy of all the Latin letters to foreign princes and states written by Milton, while he officiated as Latin Secretary; and the whole was enclosed in an envelope superscribed, * To Mr. Skinner, Mercht.' The address seems distinctly to identify this important manuscript with the work mentioned by Wood, though an error has been committed, either by him. self or his informant, with respect to its real title.
Mr. Cyriack Skinner, whose name is already well known in association with that of Milton, appears, from a pedigree communicated by James Pulman, Esq., Portcullis Poursuivant at Arms, to have been the grandson of Sir Vincent Skinner or Skynner, knight, whose eldest son and heir, William Skynner, of
2 Life, p 148.
Thornton College, in the County of Lincoln, Esq., married Bridget, second daughter of Sir Edward Coke, knight, Chief Justice of England. The affinity between Cyriack Skinner and this distinguished ornament of the English Bar, is thus alluded to by Milton in his 21st Sonnet:
To CYRIACK SKINNER.
Of British Themis, with no mean applause
Pronounc'd, and in his volumes taught, our laws,
In mirth that, after, no repenting draws;
Let Euclid rest, and Archimedes pause,
Toward solid good what leads the nearest way;
For other things mild Heav'n a time ordains,
That with superfluous burden loads the day,
And, when God sends a cheerful hour, refrains. All the biographers of Milton have mentioned that Cyriack Skinner was his favourite pupil, and subsequently his particular 3 William
Skynner, of9Bridget, second daughter of Sir_Edward Thornton College, in the Coke, Knt., Chief Justice of England, county of Lincoln, Esq. and relict of William Berney, Esq. son and heir of Sir | Will (in which she is described of Thorn
Vincent Skynner, Knt. ton College, Widow,) dated Sept. 26, Will dated Aug. 3rd, 1627, 1648, proved June 18, 1653, by her son
proved Feb. 1st, 1627-8. Cyriack Skynner, Executor. Edward
FAnn, daughter William Cyriack Skyn- Bridget, livSkynner, of Sir Wil. Skyn- ner, third son,
ing 1634. of Thorn- liam Went- ner, 1634-named ton College worth, Knt. second in 1657, of the Elizabeth, aforesaid, of Ashby son, parish of St.
wife of Esq., son Puerorum in 1634, Martin in the Philip and heir,
Com. Linc. named Fields, where Weslid, of 1648.
Grandfather in 1648, he was buried Will dated of Thos. and in Aug. 8, 1700. in Com. May 20, Earl of Straf- 1657. Administration
Linc. ford. Ex.
of his Effects 1648 proved 1657.
granted to his Sept. 11,
daughter, Aug. Theophila, following
척 Edward Skynner, 1657. Daughters, 1657. Annabella Skynner, 1700.