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FORMERLY MINISTER AT CARTER LANE, LONDON, AND THE LAST SURVIVING
PUPIL OF THE REV. DR. DODDRIDGE.
The following Memoir of the late Rev. Thomas Tayler was subjoined to a sermon preached by Dr. Winter, at New Court, Carey Street, on November 6, 1831. Mr. Tayler had expressly appointed, that the address at the funeral should be delivered by Dr. Winter, and that the funeral sermon should be preached at Peckham, by Dr. Collyer. The former solemnity took place at Bunhill Fields, on the 1st of November; the latter, which was attended by the family, and many of the friends of the venerable deceased, on the ensuing Lord's Day, November 6th. The text chosen by the deceased was Colossians i. 27. “ Christ in you the hope of glory.” Dr. Winter preached at the same time on the same interesting passage, and having briefly illustrated the leading sentiments which it conveys, proceeded as follows:
A few particulars, however, were, for want of time, omitted in the delivery, which are inserted in the subsequent account.
I must now call your attention with a cruel Act of Parliament, to some particulars relative to my which enjoined terms of confordeparted aged friend, the Rev. mity to the national church, to THOMAS TAYLER, whose re which they could not accede. Mr. mains
were consigned to the tomb Tayler's ancestor, to whom I have last Tuesday, and of whom it alluded, was the Rev. RICHARD might be truly said, that “ Christ SERJEANT. He was for some was in him the hope of glory." time assistant to the Rev. Ri
It was the honour of Mr. Tay- CHARD BAXTER, at Kidderminler, to have lineally descended ster. Of this worthy man Mr. Baxfrom one of that noble army of ter gives this character : “ He was confessors, the Two Thousand a inan of such extraordinary pruMinisters, who, in the year 1662, dence, humility, sincerity, selfsacrificed not only their worldly denial, patience, and blamelessness emoluments, but their prospects of life, that I know not, of all the of ministerial usefulness at the years he assisted me, any one pershrine of faith, "and a good con son that was against him, or ever science, by refusing to comply accused him of saying or doing vol. XV. N. S. NO. 85.
any thing amiss.” The editor of also died, while he was yet a the Nonconformists' Memorial, the child, but not before she had enlate Rev. Samuel Palmer, of deavoured to lead his infant mind Hackney, adds to this account, to the knowledge of the Lord God which is extracted from the Life of of his fathers. Baxter : “ Mr. Thos. Tayler is his Of the particulars of his youthgreat grandson, and inherits his ful days, I am not qualified to give distinguishing virtues.'
you any detailed account.
He The place of Mr. Tayler's birth was kindly noticed by the excelwas a village in the vicinity of Kidderminster, where he first may I live every day as my last ; ' folbreathed the breath of life on the lowing them who through faith and pa5th day of September, 0. S. 1735.
tience are inheriting the promises;' that He was deprived of his father,
so I may at last go to him, though he shall
not return to me. when he was too young to be
July 9. This day Mr. Bradshaw sensible of his loss.* His mother preached Mr. Tayler's funeral-sermon,
from_Blessed are the dead that die in
the Lord,' toward the close of which he * The extent of that loss may be ap- drew his character in the following prehended by the following particulars words: He set out in the ways of God respecting his estimable parent, extract- betimes, and persevered therein to the ed from Mr. Hanbury's edition of Juseph end of his life. He had a deep sense of Williams's Diary, pp. 126 – 128.
religion on his mind, which had an ip“ 'Lord's-day, July 2, 1738. It hath fluence on his conduct;- he had an expleased the All-wise, the sovereign Dis- cellent natural capacity, which he greatly poser, and Lord of all, this morning to improved by much reading and close call away in the midst of his days and thinking ;-he had a large compass of usefulness, my dear friend, Mr. Joseph knowledge, a quickness of apprehension Tayler, of Whitelcnch, a wise and a good and solidity of judgment, which made him man. About a fortnight since he chanced, capable of great usefulness;—and as he as we commonly express it, to 'push one was well furnished, so he was ready to of the points of a table-fork into his do the kindest offices, and serve the intethumb, but not very deeply, so that he rests of those about him ;-he was a lover did not think it needful to take any no. of good men, and valued all whom he tice of it till the next day, when he found had reason to believe loved our Lord it painful, and such was its progress, that Jesus Christ in sincerity.' this morning he took his flight hence to “ This, I believe to be his true character. keep an eternal sabbath.
How blessed then is his memory; but * Now, O my soul, what use, what im- how extensive the loss of such a useful provement shall I make, of this awful, valuable man! I may add of my own this surprising, this mournful Providence? observation, that he was not dogmatical, This is our sacrament.day; at the ordi but always open to conviction. Though nance I have often admired, and been an able disputant, yet when a tenet which affected with his serious, yet lively de he had espoused and defended, has been portment; and, how much clearer than refuted by a train of clear, strong argumine, are the views he now hath of the ments, he has not only felt the force mysteries of redeeming love! We have thereof, but in my hearing has frankly often taken sweet counsel together, and given it up, with this ingenuous acknowspent many an hour in pleasant conver ledgment- I cannot resist the force of sation. I have lost a dear associate; a siich reasoning,' which I thought as mnch delightful and profitable companion; one redounded to his praise, as did the victhat had a clear penetrating head, and tory to that of his antagonist. I have could assist me in searching out truth. not duly improved the conversation of One to whom I could freely open my
this valuable friend; may I now improve mind, and from whom I have often re his loss, by mortifying my affections to all ceived light and instruction: one who things here below; and employing the loved me, and was often inviting me to faculties and capacity God has given me, his house. Ob! what sights has he had in useful service, to the utmost of my this day. I am ready to wish that my power, now while time and opportunity soul were in his soul's stead. O my soul! last, and by following him so far as he keep thine end steadfastly in thine eye; followed Christ.”
lent Mr. Fawcett, the minister of He removed with the institution the only dissenting congregation to Daventry. Of these distant then in Kidderminster, and well days, since which fourscore sum. koown as the editor of the abridge. mers have illuminated successive ment of “ Baxter's Saints' Rest.” generations, we know very little. Mr. Fawcett had been a pupil of Dr. It is a strong proof, however, of Doddridge, and possessed much the literary attainments of the puof the spirit of his Tutor. When, pil, and of the approbation which therefore, his young friend evinced he met from Dr. Ashworth, and a desire for the ministry, it is not the managers of the institution, surprising that Dr. Doddridge's that when he had finished his usual academy was immediately recom course of five or six years study, mended. Thither he went in the he was appointed assistant tutor. year 1750, and in the fifteenth No great length of time had year of his age, Dr. Doddridge intervened before he was invited received him with great cordiality, to a station which, to a young and it is well-knowo, regarded him minister desirous of attending still as a youth of promising abilities, further to the cultivation of his and of decided piety.* A few own mind, as well as of occasional months, however, in the early part opportunities of usefulness in the of that year, were all the time sanctuary, must have had many which Providence permitted him, attractions.-It was the office of to be associated with his revered domestic chaplain in the family of and beloyed tutor.
Mrs. Abney, of Stoke Newington. The rapid illness of that great To his devout mind, it was no and good man leading to his re. doubt a powerful recommendation moval to Lisbon, in the hope that of this station, that it had been a warmer climate might accelerate occupied during a long course of the return of health, but followed years by Dr. WatȚs, who died in by his lamented decease, put a 1748. It was, after the lapse, I period to the expectations which suppose, of ten or twelve years, Mr. Tayler naturally formed, of that Mr. Tayler succeeded him. extended benefit arising from his Sir Thomas and Lądy Abney had valuable instructions. The aca- long been removed to a better demy was, after a short time, world, as had two of their daughremoved from Northampton to ters. The only survivor was Mrs. Daventry, and was placed under, Elizabeth Abney, who, in the fathe care of the Rev. Dr. Ashworth. mily mansion at Newington, conThe death of Dr. Doddridge placed tinued to live after the manner of po insurmountable obstacle in the a former age, and steadily adhered way of Mr. Tayler's education, to the worship of the Lord God of
her fathers. The stated services * Dr. Doddridge, writing to Mr Faw, to which Mr. Tayler was called, cett, Sept. 13, 1750 says, "I bless God were the performance of family dear Mr. Tayler goes on excellently worship twice every day, and more well, he has more prudence than many extended devotional exercises on ministers; and improves his time and opportunities, so that I have very high the Lord's-day evening. He occa
from him." Doddridge's sionally preached for his brethren Correspondence, &c. vol. v. p. 183. Mr. of different denominations in and Tayler accompanied his beloved tutor to about London, and was always Bewdley, Worcestershire, July 18, 1751, when he performed his last public service esteemed for the spiritual savour at the ordination of the Rev. Mr. Adams. which attended his ministrations.
In May 1766 he was elected speakable pleasure to our veneassistant minister at Carter Lane. rated friend, to witness the settleOn the death of the Rev. Edward ment of several respectable and Pickard he was, in March 1778, useful young ministers in some of chosen to succeed him as pastor, the first dissenting congregations and was ordained to that office; in London and the country, who an office which he filled with ho- had received not only considerable nour to himself, and with useful- literary advantages, but higher ness to his people, until May 1811, qualifications for a truly evanwhen he resigned the pastoral gelical ministry in that valuable charge. He was the last survivor seminary. of the preachers of the Merchant's From almost the commencement Tuesday lecture at Salters' Hall, of the Orphan Working School in and one only remains of those who the City Road, Mr. Tayler was had been united with him in a one of its most active supporters, Wednesday evening lecture at the in which he followed his predesame place.
cessor at Carter Lane, the Rev. His connexion with the Carter Edward Pickard, who was its ori. Lane congregation introduced him ginal founder. He was likewise to the Presbyterian Fund, of wbich warmly attached to the society he had been a manager for more established nearly a hundred years than fifty years.
He had also, for ago, for the Relief of the Widows a very long course of time, been a and Orphans of Protestant Distrustee of the large property be- senting Ministers. He was a friend queathed by the late Dr. DANIEL and supporter for the long term of WILLIAMS, for purposes of cha seventy years, of that highly innrity. In both these societies he portant institution for the promotion laboured stedfastly, and with no of Religious Knowledge among small success, to promote the in- the poor, founded, among others, terests of pure and undefiled reli- by Dr. Doddridge. The Protestant gion. But he was more signally Dissenting School, lately removed useful as one of the trustees of the in consequence of a fire, from Barextended bequests of the late Mr. tholomew Close to Jewin CresCOWARD, of Walthamstow, which cent, enrolled him among its conoffice he had held for a term at stant supporters. Another instituleast as long as the foregoing. In tion, of more recent date, owes its this capacity, it ought to be gene- existence, under Providence, to rally known, that through the the considerate and sympathizing efforts of Mr. Tayler, the institu- kindness of Mr. Tayler; that which tion acquired a decidedly evan has for its object the Relief of aged gelical character, in conformity to and infirm Dissenting Ministers, the well known religious senti- who, by either temporary or perments of the founder. This has manent affliction, are obliged to been eminently the case with re secede from their work. He lived spect both to the ministers whom to witness the increasing prosperity he was instrumental in introducing of this plan of enlightened beneinto the trust, and to the tutors volence, which is, however, dewho have been placed at the head serving of much more extended of the college at Wymondley, support than it has hitherto received. which is principally supported by To this enumeration I must add the munificence of the late Mr. the readiness with which he entered Coward. It likewise gave
into several modern plans of pro