William Oldys Bibliography

Essay on Milton’s “Spirit of Liberty” 1728
Essay by Oldys, antiquarian and biographer, published in the Universal Spectator.

“This spirit of freedom he demonstrated in his own poetry, by shaking off the manacles of rhime: this spirit he extended more universally to the sentiments of others, by publishing a discourse upon the liberty of the press; this spirit he advanced even to government itself, against the sovereignty of one man: and this spirit he exerted against the bands of matrimony, for confining us so inseparably to one woman.”