Milton in Chancery: New Chapters in the Lives of the Poet and His Father

Milton in Chancery: New Chapters in the Lives of the Poet and His Father

Milton in Chancery: New Chapters in the Lives of the Poet and His Father

Milton in Chancery: New Chapters in the Lives of the Poet and His Father

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A profound though incidental satisfaction arising from this book is the excuse it offers me of publicly thanking numerous friends. However dubious they may have felt of my wisdom or skill in this second disinterment of Milton's bones, they have been long-suffering in help and encouragement. A grateful mind, as Milton prophetically explained, by owing owes not, but still pays. It is therefore with great pleasure that I venture here to express a lifelong debt to Professor Hyder Rollins of Harvard University, who first set my feet on the scholar's path which they very stumblingly tread. I am also grateful to Professor Leslie Hotson of Haverford College, who generously gave me many references which I might otherwise have missed; to Mrs. Sybil Hopton of Canon- ffrome Court, Ledbury, Herefordshire, who has taken a cordial interest in this investigation and who graciously sent me photographs of several Cope portraits in her possession, here used as illustrations; to Mrs. E. E. Cope of Finchampstead Place, Berkshire, who provided many genealogical notes about her family; to Professor Thomas O. Mabbott of Hunter College for support and inspiration in this and other Miltonic enterprises; to Mr. Edmund Burroughs of Akron, Ohio, for helpful information about the laws and courts; and to my mother, whose unwavering confidence in me has always remained serenely oblivious to the meagerness of my actual achievements. Such glimmerings of readability as the book may possess are owing in no small measure to generous criticism of the manuscript by Professor James Holly Hanford of Western Reserve University, Professor Hyder Rollins, Professor Douglas Bush, and Professor James Buell Munn of Harvard University, Professor Frank Allen Patterson of Columbia University, and the members of the Monograph Series Committee of Award--though all of them are innocent of any of its shortcomings. My investigations of parish records in the Milton-Powell country was made easier and more pleasant by the hospitable co-operation of the Reverend Hubert W. Ottoway, vicar of Forest Hill; the Reverend Eric Graham, vicar of Cuddesdon; the Reverend Julius B. White, rector of Holton; the Reverend John A. Davies, rector of Stanton St. John; the Reverend Richard D. Budworth, vicar of Horsepath; and the Reverend Owen S. E. Clarendon, vicar of Iffley. Miss Nellie O'Farrell of London has been a constant guide to me in these wandering mazes lost. The directors and staffs of the Public Record Office, the British Museum, the Bodleian Library, and the Harvard College Library have been uniformly helpful. Professor Harlan W. Hamilton of the University of Akron . . .

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