The collection consists of manuscript notebooks, correspondence, and business and family papers of Henry Taylor, with additional papers relating to the family of his wife Christian (ne Fox). The correspondence includes letters sent between Taylor and members of his family (7901/1 and 7901/2). This is supported by correspondence with those outside the immediate family circle. There are letters from Henry Taylor to Mrs. Ann Jebb, who wrote during the 1770s under the pseudonym of 'Priscilla', on religious topics of contemporary interest (7901/3.). There are also copies of letters between Taylor and Mrs. Elizabeth Salter, wife of Dr Samuel Salter, headmaster of Charterhouse, contained in a MS notebook (7903), although there are only a few examples of Taylor's correspondence with Samuel Salter (7901/4/19 and 20; 7901/8/6 and 7). Another correspondent is Benjamin Hoadly, father of John, a school friend of Taylor's, who ordained Taylor to the diaconate and the priesthood (7901/9/1 and 2) and as Bishop of Winchester took an interest in his career.
Taylor's career is illustrated in the collection by documents concerning his publications (7901/7) and relating to his ecclesiastical preferences (7901/9). His interest in gardening is represented by a small group of treatises and notes (7901/11). A few drafts of letters and of a 'Dialogue' are all that survive of the correspondence concerning Taylor's quarrel with Christ's College, Cambridge, over his son's Tancred Studentship (7901/8). There are also sermons, prose and poems by Henry Taylor, his father William, and their friends and contemporaries (7902; 7904-7908). The collection also contains correspondence of the Fox family (7901/13), and a bundle of genealogical material amassed by John Charles Fox (7901/14).
1. 44 letters or fragments of letter from Henry Taylor to Christian Fox, later his wife, 1739-1766.
2. 20 letters, fragments of letters and drafts of letters between Taylor and other members of his family, in alphabetical order of correspondent, c. 1722-1785.
3. 26 letters, fragments of letters and drafts of letters from Taylor to mainly Mrs Ann Jebb, 1772-1785.
4. 26 letters or fragments of letters, mainly drafts, from Taylor to miscellaneous correspondents, in alphabetical order of correspondent, 1745-1785.
5. 39 letters or fragments of letters, mainly from Taylor to miscellaneous correspondents, in alphabetical order of correspondent, 1740-1784.
6. 10 letters from the correspondence of Taylor's sons, Henry and Peter, in alphabetical order of correspondent, 1769-1784.
7. 21 documents relating to the publication and circulation of various theological works of Henry Taylor, 1760-1790, contained in a folder labelled 'Letters and accounts relating to publication of "Ben Mordecai"', probably in the hand of John Charles Fox, c. 1900.
8. 14 documents relating to a dispute between Henry Taylor and Christ's College, Cambridge, concerning the terms of tenure of a Tancred Studentship by his son Peter, c. 1763-1767.
9. 37 documents relating to the career of Henry Taylor, especially his ecclesiastical preferments, 1733-1776.
10. 29 fragments of verse and prose, some attributable to Henry Taylor.
11. 4 documents concerning gardening, mainly in the hand of Henry Taylor.
12. 7 miscellaneous documents concerning the Taylor family.
13. 21 letters between members of the family of Christian Fox, wife of Henry Taylor, 1730-1781.
14. 32 items containing genealogical information relating to the Fox family, compiled c. 1900, apparently by John Charles Fox.
15. Small portrait of Henry Taylor, oil on canvas, in a wooden frame.
MS notebook containing four sermons of Henry Taylor, written when he was Rector of Crawley and Vicar of Portsmouth, Hampshire (1755-1785).
MS notebook containing copies of correspondence between Henry Taylor and Mrs. Elizabeth Salter, 1763-1764.
MS notebook, written in a variety of hands, containing poems and short prose pieces by Henry Taylor, his father William, and others.
MS notebook, written in a variety of hands, containing poems and short prose pieces by Henry Taylor, his son William, and others.
MS notebook, mainly in the hand of Henry Taylor's son Henry, containing poems by Henry Taylor and his father William Taylor.
MS notebook, mainly in the hand of Henry Taylor's son William, containing poems by Henry Taylor, his father William, and others.
Folder containing copies of poems and short prose pieces by Henry Taylor and others, on loose sheets of varying sizes, written in a variety of hands. Some of these pieces are found, occasionally with variant wordings, in the notebooks, MSS.Add.7904-7907.