Former University of Dayton student returns library book with note trying to explain why it took 49 years to give it back.

Former University of Dayton student returns library book with note trying to explain why it took 49 years to give it back.
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Way back in 1967, a young man by the name of James Phillips was a freshman at the University of Dayton, where he checked out Proctor's History of the Crusades. An entire 49 years later, Phillips discovered he still had the book.

At that point, Phillips realized it may be time to return it, the full-title of which is History of the Crusades: Comprising the Rise, Progress, and Results of the Various Extraordinary European Expeditions for the Recovery of the Holy Land from the Saracens and Turks. Sounds like a book one would want to get rid of as fast as possible, but between a new life at college and then dropping out to join the Marines, Phillips completely forgot.

When he sent the book back to the library, Phillips attached a kind note, scrawled in beautiful cursive—because apparently people used to learn how to write like that.

To whom it may concern,

Please accept my apologies for the absence of the enclosed book, History of the Crusades. I apparently checked it out when I was a freshman student and somehow it got misplaced all these years.

In Jesus, Mary, & Joseph, 

James Phillips

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There's no doubt Phillips was indeed a student decades ago. That note is about as old-school as it gets. Perhaps because of the note or because nobody missed Proctor's History, the library is not charging Phillips an overdue fee, which at this point in time, according to the University of Dayton, would come to roughly $350 at two cents a day. 

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