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John Henry NewmanA Biography$
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Ian Ker

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199569106

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199569106.001.0001

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The Years of Silence

The Years of Silence

(p.490) 13 The Years of Silence
John Henry Newman

Ian Ker

Oxford University Press

In 1858, free of the university, John Henry Newman expressed his wish to go back to his old studies. In spite of all his accomplishments, he felt too weary and unfulfilled. He thought maybe time alone would vanquish all his doubts about himself and his religion. The disappointments and sufferings of the last decade had taken their toll on Newman. 1859 proved to be one of the most critical and trying years of his life. His “general health” was better but he felt he was “fading out from the world”. Despite suffering from insomnia and strain, Newman left Birmingham by the end of July 1861 for a three-week holiday. He was accompanied by William Neville, whom he received into the Church and who joined the Oratory in 1851. Newman had been advised by a London specialist to rest for several months that eventually turned into years of silence.

Keywords:   health, insomnia, William Neville, Birmingham Oratory

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