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Ann and Jane Taylor

TAYLOR, Ann, b. Islington, London, 30 January 1782, d. Nottingham, 20 December 1866, married name Ann Taylor Gilbert; Jane, b. Islington, 23 September 1783, d. Ongar, Essex, 13 April 1824. After Isaac Watts* and Charles Wesley*, Ann and Jane Taylor were the most important of the early hymn writers for children. Their Hymns for Infant Minds was first published in 1810 and was a commercial success in Britain and America (by the 1860s, it had gone into nearly 50 editions in America, and by the 1880s, it had gone into over 50 editions in Britain). They were the daughters of Isaac Taylor, a Congregational minister and engraver, and his wife, Ann. The family was notably talented in artistic...

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