The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 3, July 1899 - April, 1900 Page: 215
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Wandering John Taylor. 215
attend the session of the court, and if he had or secured any busi-
ness, he would remain until it was disposed of. If he had no busi-
ness in the court, or secured none, he would wait round for a day
or so, and then decamp as suddenly as he came.
In traveling, if he became fatigued or night overtook him, he
made his home for the time being at the first spot that offered him
the welcome hospitality of shade, grass, and water, which seemed
to fill the entire measure of his desires. Here in the depths of the
forest, under the great trees and beside the murmuring stream, he
could, undisturbed by the ambitious rivalries and struggles of men
for place, power, and wealth, commune with himself and nature;
and for aught I know ponder upon the cause that determined him
to isolate himself from men and society, among whom and in which
he was by education and the gifts of nature so well fitted to shine.
Outside of business, he seemed not to have or desire any intercourse
with his fellowmen. To the spirit of the corps, and the social feel-
ing so characteristic of the legal profession, he seemed an utter
stranger. Unlike Napoleon, who it was said, "Sat on the throne a
sceptered hermit, wrapped in the solitude of his own originality,"
Taylor wandered among his fellowmen, wrapped in a strange and
mysterious singularity, taking no interest in politics, or in other
affairs that interest ordinary men, and are matters of conversation
.and comradeship among them; holding himself aloof from his fel-
lows, and communicating with others only in matters of business,
in which he was concerned.
The man and his conduct seemed an enigma--a strange mystery.
Doubtless there was a cause for all of this strangeness. It may have
been some great wrong done him, some great disappointment that
had overtaken him, or some great sorrow that had seized him for its
own, penetrating the innermost recesses of his soul, and strangling
in him the sense of human fellowship, and changing the whole
nature of the man. Quien Sabe ? What the trouble was, we shall
perhaps never know. For a man like him, who appeared to have all
of the gifts that would enable him to enjoy the fellowship of his
kind, the cause that wrought such a change must have been extra-
Taylor was about six feet high, slender, well proportioned, and
straight as an arrow. He had an eagle eye, a kind and pleasant
face, and a graceful carriage. Tis dress was not elegant, but always
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