Memorial Of Dr. Samuel Harvey Taylor -- By: Edwards A. Park
BSac 28:110 (April 1871) p. 366
Memorial Of Dr. Samuel Harvey Taylor1
It is told of Saladin, the champion of Islamism, that after he had retaken the Holy City, subjugated numerous fortresses in Syria, Arabia, Persia, and Mesopotamia, performed so many exploits in the Crusades as to be designated “the Great,” he was seized with a disorder which threatened to wither up at once all his garlands of victory. When he saw that death was inevitable, he called his herald, who used to carry his banner before him; took his lance, which had so often been shaken in battle; tied his shroud to the top of his lance, and then said to the herald: “Go, unfurl this shroud in the camp. It is the flag of the day. Wave it in the air, and proclaim: ‘This is all that remains of Saladin the Great, the conqueror, the king of the empire: all that remains of all his glory!’” But when a good man dies, we cannot say that all which remains of him is the coffin and the shroud. He has lived in his thoughts and deeds. He still lives in the remembrance of them; they are like seeds planted by the watercourses; they spring up and bear fruit, and he lives in their perennial life.
When George Whitefield died, he did not pass away from among men. He lived in those of his survivors whose character he had improved. He preached one sermon in
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the native town of the friend who has just left us; and one of our friend’s ancestors was morally transformed by the instrumentality of that sermon. That ancestor exerted a marked influence on the mother of Dr. Taylor, and she exerted an obvious influence on him; so that there is one important sense in which George Whitefield has been living through the last three and thirty years in Phillips Academy. There is more than one important sense in which he that believeth in Christ shall never die.
In the latter part of the seventeenth century, in consequence of the persecutions of the Covenanters, a company of devout Scotchmen left their homes for the north of Ireland. In the year 1719, sixteen families of these devoted pioneers came to this land, and established themselves in the old township of Londonderry, New Hampshire. During that and the following year more than four times their number joined them in the new colony. Mr. Horace Greeley, one of their descendants, says: “They were eminently men of conviction. They saw clearly, they reasoned fearlessly, and they did not hesitate to follow wherever truth led the way. I presume,” he adds, “more teachers now living trace their descent to the Scotch-Irish pioneers of Londonderry than to an equal number anywhere else.”2
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