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It was only after the nearly two years which were needed to get rid of the blackwater fever with which India had dragged me down that I was able to begin work on A Search in Secret India. For this purpose I retired from the noisy metropolis to a little village in Buckinghamshire which I knew could give both beautiful wooded landscape and peaceful residence and from where I could attend, Sunday after Sunday, the old Quaker meeting-house nearby where George Fox and William Penn had established the Society of Friends in its first abode. It was in the Buckinghamshire woods, too, that another kind of book was born and finished: Of Everlasting Mercy by John Masefield. It was a spiritual glimpse-inspired, vividly written poem.

-- Notebooks Category 12: Reflections > Chapter 6: The Profane and The Profound > # 171

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