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Entered according to' Act of Congress, in the year 1862, by
The Boston Review COMPANY, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Massachusetts.
AVQ 11 1892
PRINTED BY H. o. HOUGII Tox.
VOL. II.—JANUARY, 1862.—No. 7.
THE TWO TAYLORS.
It is a curious work which we now enter upon, that of sewing together a coat, the parts of which were “cut and tried " by two different and eminent professors of the same science, living a century apart. It will be seen to be quite symmetrical and good of its kind, but we do not wish any of our readers to wear it if they do not find themselves pretty well fitted after fairly trying it on.
It may be thought, upon first sight, that the coat is considerably longer upon one side than upon the other. This was unavoidable, since there is a marked difference in the manner of cutting by the same measure.
The older Taylor cuts with a bold hand, frankly and squarely, up to lines clearly and straightly drawn. He never hesitates or wavers or stops to make various allowances, on this side and on that, for the inevitable strains and rents which it must experience whenever it is tried upon a full-grown man. The other Taylor, as though conscious of a well-nigh impossible task, puts in many a gore and gather, and cuts by very wavy and finely drawn lines, often by several interwoven and tangled ones, which, however, his unusually keen sight follows round to the same point at last.
It will be found by those who can wear it, that, notwithstanding its one-sided appearance when held up to view, upon
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putting it on it hangs exactly even, with the decided advantage (thanks to the spirit of modern improvement and Tayloring in particular) that upon this side the coat will bear a good many extra jerks and pulls without falling permanently out of place or to pieces, so saving from sudden exposure those who are taken with such a passion for wearing tight clothes.
But it is time we give some little account of the two Taylors from whose cuttings we are about to stitch inseparably a few short but important selections. They are, John Taylor, D. D., of Norwich, England, and Nathaniel W. Taylor, D. D., of New Haven, Connecticut. John was an eminent Unitarian clergyman and Professor of Theology. He was born in Lancashire, in 1694, educated at Whitehaven, and after officiating some years to a congregation at Norwich, he was appointed to the office of Divinity Tutor in the newly founded Academy of Warrington. His principal works are at hand, which consist of “ The Scripture Doctrine of Original Sin,” “ The Scripture Doctrine of Atonement,” “A Paraphrase upon the Epistle to the Romans,” and “A Key to the Apostolic Writings." He was a contemporary with President Edwards, being born nine years earlier and dying three years later. The first, third, and fourth of the above-mentioned works were thoroughly reviewed by Edwards in two hundred pages of the second volume of his works, under the title, “ The Doctrine of Original Sin Defended.” And we warmly commend these two hundred pages to the reperusal of such as dream that Taylorism, ancient or modern, is “ Edwardean," unless they mean to use this word like one of those Latin diminutive nouns which signify a small thing of the kind denoted by the primitive, as adolescentulus and homunculus.
Nathaniel W. Taylor has so lately passed away from earth that we need only say of him that he was for ten years pastor of the “Centre (Congregationalist) Church” in New Haven, after which he became the eminent Professor of Divinity in the Theological Seminary of the same town. His theological writings, as now published, are very incomplete and somewhat equivocal ; and if any persons find themselves disappointed in the vagueness and endless qualifications of the specimen extracts which we are about to take from his works, let them