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date: 26 June 2019

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The elitism and exclusivity that are consequent marks of Miltonic republicanism were biblically founded. The argument of The Likeliest Means against a publicly funded ministry had no more effect on the religious policy of the restored Rump than had Of Civil Power on its predecessor. John Milton wrote an unpublished Letter to a Friend, Concerning the Ruptures of the Commonwealth, advising how best to respond to the consequent crisis. Seeking to prevent what Pepys and many others now believed would come to be, Milton once again sought to enlist the support of military power: after Cromwell and Lambert, now Monck. The second edition of The Readie and Easie Way was explicitly directed to the voting public ‘in the midst of our Elections to a free Parlament’. A discussion on Brief Notes Upon a Late Sermon is finally presented.

Keywords: John Milton, Miltonic republicanism, Likeliest Means, Of Civil Power, Readie and Easie, Late Sermon

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