In 1652-3 Milton recommended Marvell to the position of Assistant Latin Secretary to the council of State, an appointment he did not receive until 1657. Instead it was given to Sir Philip Meadows, whose English translation of some verses from the Pharsalia which Georges de Brebeuf had rendered into French and Marvell again into Latin is recorded in the Popple manuscript (Bod. MS. Eng. poet. d. 49) following Marvell’s version.
Reprinted from the Works of John Milton (New York, 1936), XII, pp. 329-30.
But that it would be an interruption to the publick, wherein your studies are perpetually imployd, I should now & then venture to supply this my enforced absence with a line or two, though it were my onely busines, & that would be noe slight one, to make my due acknowledgments of your many favours; which I both doe at this time & ever shall; & have this farder which I thought my parte to let you know of, that there will be with you to morrow upon some occasion of busines a Gentleman whose name is Mr. Marvile; a man whom both by report, & the converse I have had with him, of singular desert for the State to make use of; who alsoe offers himselfe, if there be any imployment for him. His father was the Minister of Hull & he hath spent foure yeares abroad in Holland, France, Italy, & Spaine, to very good purpose,