But let us return to the subject of . Taylor. Johnson was proud to belong to the same Oxford college as Taylor, and in a generous and humorous manner he enjoys the thought that his colleague saw him as a poor man's reflection of himself. But perhaps two things might be added. The one is that Johnson is half right when he suggests that Taylor would only have accepted to be ennobled if it were by a hereditary earldom; he told this reviewer that he would gladly have accepted a life peerage, had one been offered to him. The other is that when the aged Taylor was very ill, a visitor commented on the poor quality of the home where he had been placed. 'Oh, its all right', replied Taylor, 'it's just like an Oxford college really'.