Background: When I was the editor of Gilbert Magazine, I was responsible for the “Tremendous Trifles” column. It was occasionally hard to find a sufficient amount of interesting GKC material to fill the page, so John Peterson sent me a file full of Chesterton ancedotes. They were idiosyncratic, historical, and Chestertonian. He recently gave me permission to use them here. I hope y’all find them as interesting as I have over the years. Most of them have never been published.
In a letter to Maurice Baring, dated August 25th, 1922, Hilaire Belloc expresses astonishment that his friend Gilbert Chesterton had been received into the Catholic Church. “It seemed to me,” Belloc wrote, “that the whole of his mind was occupied in expressing his attraction towards a certain mood, not at all towards acceptation of a certain institution. However, I am not very much good at understanding what is going on in other people’s minds.” [Letters from Hilaire Belloc, London: 1958]
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