John Henry Newman.

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thirty ; doubtless, I have changed ; yet I am not conscious that I have so
much ehanffed, as made up my mind on points on which I had no opinion^
E.g. I had no opinion about the Catholic Question till 1829. No one can
truly say I was ever /or the Catholics ; but I was not against them. In
Ud I did not enter into the state of the question at alL

'' Then as to my change of judgment as to the character of your Grace's
opinions, it is natural that, when two persons pursue different lines from the
same point, they should not discover their divergence for a long while; espe-
cially if there be any kind feeling in the one towards the other. It was not
for a very long time that I discovered that your opinions were (as I now think
them) but part of intellectual views, so different from your own inward mind
and character, so peculiar in themselves, and (if you will let me add) so dan-
gerous. For a long time I thought them to be but different ; for a longer, to
be but in parts dangerous ; but their fidl character in this respect came on me
almost on a sudden. I heard at Naples the project of destroying the Irish
Sees, and at first indignantly rejected the notion, which some one suggested,
that your Grace had acquiesced in it I thought I recollected correctly your
Grace's opinion of the inherent rights of the Christian Church, and I thought
you never would allow men of this world so to insult it. When I returned
to England, all was over. I was silent on the same principle that you are
silent about it in your letter ; that it was not the time for speaking ; and I
only felt, what I hinted at when I wrote last, a bitter grief, which prompted
me, when the act was irretrievable, to hide myself fi*om you. However, I
have spoken, with whatever pain to myself, the first opportunity yon have
given me.

** I might appeal to my conscience without fear in proof of the delight it
would give me at this time to associate my name with yours, and to stand
forward as your friend and defender, however humble, I should hope yov
know me enough to be sure, that, however great my faults are, I have no fear
of man such as to restrain me, if I could feel I had a call that way. But may
God help me, as I will ever strive to fulfil my first duty, the defence of His

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Churchy and of the doctrine of the old Fathers, in opposition to all the innoTi-
tions and profanities which are rising round ns.

*• My dear Lord,

** Ever jours most sincerely and gratefully,


*' P.S. I feel much obliged by your kindness in sending me your Addresaet
to your clergy, which I value highly for your Grace's sake."

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When I made the above reference in 1865 to Boniface of
Canterbury, I was sure I had seen among my books some
recent authoritative declaration on the subject of his cultua
in opposition to the BoUandists; but I did not know
where to look for it. I have now found in our Library
(Concess. Offic. t. 2) what was in my mind. It consists of
five documents proceeding from the Sacred Congregation
of Rites, with the following title : —

** Emo ac Revmo Domino Card. Lambruschini Relatore, Taurinen. Appro-
bationis cultus ab immemorabili tempore prsestiti B. Bonifacio a Subaudi&
Archiepiscopi Cantuarien. Instante serenissimo Rege Sardloiae Carolo Alberto.
Romae, 1838."

Also Dr. Grant, Bishop of Southwark, has kindly sup-
plied me with the following extract from the Corre-
spondance de Rome, 24 November, 1851, adding "St.
Boniface of Canterbury or of Savoy was beatified (Bqui-
polienter by Gregory XVI. :" —

"Le B. Boniface de Savoie, xi de ce nome, petit-fils d' Humbert, iii
Archeveque de Canterbury. Confirmation de son culte, %alement a«la demands
du Roi Charles Albert, 7 Sept. 1838. D'abord moine parmi les Chartreux,
puis Archeveque de Cantorbery, consacre par Innocent IV. au Concile
General de Lyons ; 11 occapa le siege 25 ans. Mort en 1270 pendant un
voyage en Savoie. Son corps port^ a Haucatacombe ; concours des popu-
lations ; miracles ; son corps retrouve intact trois siecles aprds sa mort. Son
nom dans les livres liturgiques. Sa fgte celebr^e sans aucune interruption.
Sur la relation de Card. Lambruschini, la S. C. des Rites le 1 Sept. 1838,
decida qu'il constait de cas exceptionnel auz d^crets d'Urbain VIII. p. 410.'*

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