Thomas Taylor (1758 - 1835) was an English translator, born in London. He was educated at St. Paul's School, and devoted himself to the study of the classics and of mathematics. After being a bank clerk he was appointed Assistant Secretary to the Society for the encouragement of Arts, etc., in which capacity he made many influential friends, who furnished the means for publishing his various translations, which include works of Plato, Aristotle, Proclus, Porphyry, Apuleius, etc. His aim was the translation of all the untranslated writings of the ancient Greek philosophers.
Thomas found it necessary to study at night and to conceal his books, and the long and constant sacrifice of sleep may have contributed to the delicacy of the young man’s constitution.
Taylor considered her a very modest, sensible and agreeable young woman, and she referred to the little room where Taylor studied as “the abode of peace.” When Taylor published his little book A Vindication of the Rights of Brutes, he declared that he had been induced to this particular labor because Mr.
Taylor was fortunate in having the facilities of the Museum at his disposal, for while it was not the institution it is today, it was rich in ancient works, most of which were unknown to 18th-century scholars.
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