See also:English author, was
See also:born at Crowell, in
See also:Oxfordshire, in 1639 . He is chiefly celebrated for his connexion with Milton, and the
See also:principal facts of his
See also:life are related in a very interesting autobiography, which contains much information as to his intercourse with the poet . While he was still
See also:young his
See also:father removed to
See also:London, where
See also:Thomas became acquainted with a Quaker
See also:family named Pennington, and was led to join the Society of Friends, a connexion which subjected him to much persecution . It was through the Penning-tons that he was introduced in 1662 to Milton in the capacity of Latin reader . He spent nearly every afternoon in the poet's
See also:house in Jewin Street, until the intercourse was interrupted by an illness which compelled him to go to the
See also:country . After a
See also:period of imprisonment in the old
See also:Bridewell prison and in Newgate for Quakerism,
See also:Ellwood resumed his visits to Milton, who was now residing at a house his friend had taken for him at Chalfont St
See also:Giles . In 1665 Ellwood was again arrested and imprisoned in
See also:gaol . When he visited Milton after his
See also:release the poet gave him the
See also:manuscript of the
See also:Paradise Lost to read . On returning the manuscript Ellwood said, " Thou hast said much here of Paradise lost; but what hast thou to say of Paradise found ? " and when Milton long after-wards in London showed him Paradise Regained, it was with the remark, " This is owing to you, for you put it into my
See also:head at Chalfont." Ellwood was the friend of
See also:Fox and Penn, and was the author of several polemical
See also:works in defence of the Quaker position, of which Forgery no
See also:Christianity (1674) and The Foundation of
See also:Tithes Shaken (1678) deserve mention . His Sacred Histories of the Old and New Testaments appeared in 1705 and 1709 . He also published some volumes of poems, among them a Davideis in five books .
He died on the 1st of
See also:March 1714 . The
See also:History of the Life of Thomas Ellwood: written by his own
See also:hand (1714) has been many times reprinted .
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