Wednesday, April 21, 2004

On April 21, 1864
Venerable John Henry Newman, C.O., published the first part of his masterpiece, Apologia Pro Vita Sua.
It was published in weekly installments, and was written both at great speed and in long stretches. For example, when he was writing Part Three, he wrote for sixteen hours straight, and he noted in his diary that when he was writing Part Five he was once 'At my "Apologia" for 22 hours running.'
No wonder that he sent this note along with one of his proofs:

'Excuse my penmanship. My fingers have been walking nearly twenty miles a day.'


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