Henry Taylor

(1800—1886) poet and public servant

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held an appointment in the Colonial Office from 1824 to 1872, during which time he published a number of verse dramas. The most admired was Philip van Artevelde (1834), a lengthy work set in Flanders in the 14th cent. His only work with any lasting reputation is The Statesman (1836), an ironical exposition of the arts of succeeding as a civil servant. Taylor was a friend of Southey and his literary executor.

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