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Tennyson's Catholic Years: A Point of Contact


[...] it is the tip of an iceberg. When Simeon's wife attempted in 1877 to arrange a meeting, Newman expressed delight and added: "Great differences of opinion and personal history lie between us, but it would be strange if I alone of Englishmen did not feel the force of those endowments of mind which have made your name so popular" (Newman's italics).6 Later (in 1882) Tennyson expressed the same eagerness to meet and added, in his echoing way: "I feel that some day or other I ought to go to you, for though, I dare say, there are a hundred things on which we might differ, there is no man on this side of the grave, more worthy of honour and affection than yourself" (Letters, 3:230).

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