NEWMAN, John Henry, Cardinal. 19288



A very fine Autograph Letter Signed ‘Very truly yours, John H.Newman’, the Revd. Dr. Turner [Dawson William Turner], looking forward to receiving his book on Germany, discussing how books are often delayed at the printer, correcting Turner’s phrase “May I send?’ with Newman’s preferred phrase for offering a book to a friend, “ask their acceptance”. 3 pp. 7 x 4 inches, fine, light traces of mounting on blank verso of the second leaf. The Oratory, 19 March 1872. “P.S. Since the above was written, your book has arrived.” Cardinal John Henry Newman (1801-90). Dawson William Turner (1815-1885), educationalist, son of Dawson Turner (1775-1858), antiquary. “I know well, as a fact, that books, to which in the Preface I give the date of January 5, when the last proofsheets went from me, do not make their appearance by March 19 ever. So many accidents intervene. The printer dawdles in putting the last sheets to press, where the type is no longer wanted for new copy; then the sheets have to dry, and this is sometimes a long business, and then, perhaps the poor publisher falls ill of a bad fever. This is the sort of experience which makes me patient & long suffering. As to the wording of your letter in January, you said ‘May I send?’ This is the common form in which friends announce that they are kind enough to give me their books, and to which on the other hand, I ‘ask their acceptance’, to use the common sense of mine. Pray forgive me for imposing on your words a non-literal, but not a lon-natural interpretation.”