So few words ...
Everyone in A.A.'s Manhattan headquarters was struck by the power and wisdom contained in the prayer's thoughts. "Never had we seen so much A.A. in so few words," Bill writes.
Someone suggested that the prayer be printed on a small, wallet-sized card to be included in every piece of outgoing mail. Ruth Hock, the Fellowship's first secretary, contacted “Henry S.,” a Washington D.C. member, and a professional printer, asking him what it would cost to order a bulk printing. Henry's enthusiastic response was to print 500 copies with the remark: "Incidentally, I am only a heel when I'm drunk, so naturally, there could be no charge for anything of this nature."
"With amazing speed," writes Bill, "the Serenity Prayer came into general use and took its place alongside our two other favorites, the Lord's Prayer and the Prayer of St. Francis."
But they had no idea who had written it.