"At that time, speaking candidly, I was not in the least influenced by religious
sentiment. I had no convictions about God or Christ. I neither believed nor
The preachers had made no impression upon me. . . . . . . . . .
Yet when the work was fairly begun, I found myself writing reverentially,
and frequently with awe."
"It is possible to fix the hour and place of the first thought of a book
precisely enough: that was a night in 1876."
November 12, 1880