Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Mill, Humphrey

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1408359Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900, Volume 37 — Mill, Humphrey1894George Thorn-Drury

MILL or MILLE, HUMPHREY (fl. 1646), verse writer, was probably a younger brother of Thomas Mill or Mille (1604–1650), the son of William Mille of ‘Grattam,’ Sussex, who matriculated at Queen's College, Oxford, 8 Dec. 1620 (Oxf. Univ. Reg., Oxf. Hist. Soc. ii. ii. 385; Foster, Alumni Oxon. 1500–1714, p. 1013). Humphrey published: 1. ‘Poems occasioned by a Melancholy Vision. Or a Melancholy Vision upon Divers Theames enlarged …,’ London, 1639, 8vo. This work, which the author describes as ‘the first fruits of his poore indeavours in this kinde,’ is dedicated to Thomas, earl of Winchelsea. It has an engraved title by Droeshout. 2. ‘A Nights Search. Discovering the Nature and Condition of all sorts of Night-Walkers; with their Associates. As also the Life and Death of many of them …’ London, 1640, 8vo. This is dedicated to the Earl of Essex and contains commendatory lines by the author's brother, Thomas Mill, M.A., Oxford, Thomas Heywood, Thomas Nabbs, Robert Chamberlain, Richard Broome, and others. It has also an engraved title in compartments. 3. ‘The Second Part of the Nights Search discovering the Condition of the various Fowles of Night. Or, the Second great Mystery of Iniquity exactly revealed …,’ London, 1646, 8vo. This is dedicated to Robert, earl of Warwick, and has an engraved title in compartments, one of which contains a portrait of the author, which is probably that mentioned by Granger (ii. 312).

[Corser's Collect. Anglo-Poet. pt. viii. p. 404.]

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