John Taylor: Vindication of Demosthenes

Scope and Content

Vindication of Demosthenes, 32 folios: (fo. i) notes in later hands; (fo. 1) text, beginning 'Sr You may remember the other day', and ending 'the disgrace of both, Eloquence&honesty'.

Administrative / Biographical History

John Taylor (1704-1766), classical scholar,was born at Shrewsbury on 22 June 1704, the son of John Taylor, a barber. He attended Shrewbury School, before entering St John's College, Cambridge, in 1721 (B.A., 1724; M.A., 1728), where he was made a fellow and tutor in 1729. He became Cambridge University Librarian in 1732, and registrar in 1734. In 1741 he took the degree of LL.D., and in 1744 became chancellor of the diocese of Lincoln. After taking orders he received the college living of Lawford, Essex, in 1751. He was made archdeacon of Buckingham in 1753, and canon of St Paul's in 1757. He resigned his registrarship in 1758, and moved to London. In 1759 he became a Fellow of the Royal Society and of the Antiquarian Society. He published an edition of Demosthenes contra reptinem in 1741. Taylor died on 4 April 1766 in Amen Corner, London.

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Acquisition Information

Purchased 1903.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Taylor in Sidney Lee, ed., Dictionary of national biography, Vol. XIX (London, 1909), pp. 440-441.

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A letter removed from the volume is now MS.Add.4403 (371).