Taylor’s Memoir Of Judge Phillips -- By: Edwards A. Park

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 013:52 (Oct 1856)
Article: Taylor’s Memoir Of Judge Phillips
Author: Edwards A. Park


Taylor’s Memoir Of Judge Phillips1

Edwards A. Park

The author of the present Memoir of Judge Phillips, was called in 1839 from a Tutorship in Yale College to the pastoral care of the Old South Church in Andover, Mass. With this church Lieut. Gov. Phillips was formerly connected as an active member, and his grandfather Rev. Samuel Phillips, was its first pastor. In his ministry of thirteen years at Andover, Mr. Taylor was often reminded of the influence exerted in his parish by the two gentlemen just named. He felt this influence every day, and became well

prepared to erect a durable monument of it. In 1852 he was elected Trustee and Treasurer of the Phillips Academy and Theological Seminary at Andover, and was thus called to the supervision of their monetary affairs, their eleemosynary funds, their complicated relations to their beneficiaries and benefactors, and thus to the churches of our land. In this office, so long and so worthily occupied by the venerable Samuel Farrar, Esq., Mr. Taylor has found ample scope for his sound discretion, his practical sagacity, and the results of his professional education and of his rich pastoral experience. He has enjoyed rare opportunities for examining the history and influence of the Founders of the Academy and the Seminary; and no man is so well prepared as he, to make the permanent record of their labors. He has become the pioneer of the History of these Institutions. “Whoever follows him, must be dependent upon him for much valuable information. We do not perceive how his present volume can fail to be an earnest of his future historical essays. In this volume he has struck a vein which runs through a large space in various directions. He has illustrated many principles of clerical influence, and demonstrated the wisdom of enlarged liberality in our rich men. The Biography of Gov. Phillips touches the sources of our country’s history, and reaches to the future development of our national character. He was intimately connected with families which have wielded a decisive power over the nation, and himself has opened fountains of influence which will extend through the length and breadth of the land.

The Patriarch of the family is the first pastor of Water-town, Rev. George Phillips. From him the subject of this Memoir was the fifth in descent. He was a native of Rain-ham, St Martin, Norfolk County, England, was educated at the University of Cambridge, and having been admitted to holy orders in the national church, “was an eminently learned, pious, devoted and successful preacher, at Boxted, Essex County.”2 Being persecuted for his decided Nonconform...

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