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MERTON'S CORRESPONDENCE WITH:
Cumming, Hildelith, Dame, O.S.B., 1909-1991

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Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence

Dates of materials: 1963-1968

Volume: 63 item(s); 113 pg(s)

Scope and Content

Biography

Dame Hildelith Cumming (born Barbara Theresa Cumming) was publisher and head printer at Stanbrook Abbey Press of the Benedictine nuns of Stanbrook Abbey in Callow End, Worcester, England. She was a convert to Catholicism. Besides her great success in raising the prestige of the press in her long tenure from 1956-1991, she was known as a fine musician and had published liturgical music.

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Related Information and Links

See published letters from Merton to Cumming in The School of Charity, pp. 161-162, 168, 170-172, 175-178, 203-204, 222-223, 234, 251-252, 289, 318, 330-331.

Series List

This Record Sub-Group is not divided into Series and is arranged chronologically.

Container List

SeriesDateTypeTo/FromFirst LinesPubNotes
 1963/03/23 TLS[x]from MertonThank you for your kind letter. I assure you that I am brimming over with confidence in you,Yes 
 1963/05/01 TLS[x]from MertonIt is a very lovely May morning here, with larks singing and not a cloud in the sky.Yes 
 1963/05/12 TLS[x]from MertonAbout American distribution of the Raissa Maritain poems: first I think Princeton is a good idea,Yes 
 1963/05/29 TLS[x]from MertonThere is a little bit of legal bother that has arisen to plague me in connection with the Guigo:  
 1963/06/09 TALS[x]from MertonThanks for your good letter and for the two little designs for the "cum permissu." I find the "moreYes 
 1963/06/29 TALS[x]from MertonAbout Guigo: here are some "precisions" on that. My advisor tells me that actually the problemYes 
 1963/07/14 TLS[x]from MertonThe Danish samples are most attractive. I think the ones I like best for Guigo are 8,2 and 4Yes 
 1963/09/23 HLS[x]from MertonI am writing this in the hospital so it will be a bit of a [sweat?] and I will confine myself  
 1963/10/03 HLSto MertonThank you for your letter and the returned proofs. I am so sorry to hear you are laid low,  
 1963/10/09 (#01)TAL[c]from MertonYes, as you can see, I am at home again. I am also able to type, figuratively speaking.  
 1963/10/09 (#02)TLS[x]from MertonYes, as you can see, I am at home again. I am also able to type, figuratively speaking.  
 1963/10/20 HLSto MertonMany thanks for your letter. I am so glad your progress is good and the troublesome disk subsiding.  
 1963/11/03 HLSto MertonThe copy of <u>D. Gertrude</u> which you so kindly sent me, arrived, with your admirable Pax medal  
 1963/11/08 (#01)TAL[c]from MertonI want to get this off to you immediately, and it will be short and to the point, so that Guigo will  
 1963/11/08 (#02)TALS[x]from MertonI want to get this off to you immediately, and it will be short and to the point, so that Guigo will Merton adds a handwritten note: "PS The Ascent to Truth is rather dry and awful. Can I send you New Seeds of Contemplation?"
 1963/11/17 (#01)TAL[c]from MertonHere is something I thought I should send you right away. Next year is the fifth centenary  
 1963/11/17 (#02)TALS[x]from MertonHere is something I thought I should send you right away. Next year is the fifth centenary  
 1963/11/17 (#03)other[x] IN ACCEPTANCE OF THE PAX MEDAL - 1963 First I want to thank you most sincerely for the honor [enclosed with 1963/11/17 letter from Merton to Cumming]
 1963/11/28 HLSto MertonHow kind: we'd simply <u>love</u> to have <u>New Seeds</u>. Great enthusiasm this end!  
 1964/01/16 (#01)TL[c]from MertonMany thanks for yours of November 28th. And now I cannot remember whether I immediately put a copy  
 1964/01/16 (#02)TALS[x]from MertonMany thanks for your of November 28th. And now I cannot remember whether I immediately put a copy Merton adds typed and handwritten additions not included on carbon copy - Denise McNiff and about a Benectine living an active ministry
 1964/02/16 HLSto Merton<u>Guigo</u> is almost finished and how I am perplexed [...] Copyright. I enclose two uncut sheets  
 1964/02/22 (#01)TL[c]from MertonThanks for your note and for the pages of Guigo. It is most attractive, everything that I hoped forYes 
 1964/02/22 (#02)TLS[x]from MertonThanks for your note and for the pages of Guigo. It is most attractive, everything that I hoped forYes 
 1964/03/08 HLSto MertonLaetare! I hope you have had another such day as we have here - blue skies, brilliant sunshine,  
 1964/04/12? HLSto MertonOur investigation of the Lille mss has turned out disappointing and a little disturbing.  
 1964/04/15 (#01)TL[c]from MertonIt is some time since the first copy of the Solitary Life arrived and I have not yet thanked you.Yes 
 1964/04/15 (#02)TALS[x]from MertonIt is some time since the first copy of the Solitary Life arrived and I have not yet thanked you.Yes 
 1964/05/03 HLSto MertonThank you for your letter : I am glad you were pleased with Guigo despite its imperfections.  
 1964/05/07 HLS[x]from MertonAn exciting and joyful from today with the arrival of Dame Margaret's life and Dame Barbara's  
 1964/05/08? TLS[x]from MertonYour letter came today after I had sent off my note yesterday. I am sending back the "blurb" whichYes[published as 1964/September/10; however, evidence from the Stanbrook Archives indicates the above May date]
 1964/06/02 HLSto MertonThank you for your two notes. I am glad the mss have arrived safely. I hope to send some more,  
 1964/07/03 HLSto MertonThank you so much for your letter, received this morning. I am in the middle of writing you  
 1964/07/17 HLSto MertonWe are in the middle of a posted strike, so it seems a suitable time to write a letter that needs  
 1964/07/22 (#01)TAL[c]from MertonToday two books arrived, beautifully bound, the <u>Spritual Anker</u> [sic] and the <u>Treatise</u>Yes 
 1964/07/22 (#02)TLS[x]from MertonToday two books arrived, beautifully bound, the <u>Spritual Anker</u> [sic] and the <u>Treatise</u>Yes 
 1964/08/03 TLS[x]from Rackley, Denys, Fr.Greetings and peace and joy in our Lord Jesus Christ from the Grande Chartreuse! asks Cumming to convince Merton into translating a letter of Carthusian founder St. Bruno with the same subject as Merton's translation of a letter of Guiges (i.e., Guigo I, Prior of the Grande Chartreuse, 1083?-1136)
 1964/09/05 (#01)TL[c]from MertonThis is not a real answer to your last long letter which was very interesting and encouraging.  
 1964/09/05 (#02)TLS[x]from MertonThis is not a real answer to your last long letter which was very interesting and encouraging.  
 1964/09/09 HLS[x]from MertonHere is the prayer of Cassiodorus which I mentioned in my last letter. I send also the LatinYes 
 1964/09/23 HLSto MertonThank you for your letter, note and the typescript of Cassiodorus. I like it immensely and have  
 1964/11/11 TLS[x]from MertonThe cards arrived today and they are simply splendid. Thank you ever so much, and thanks alsoYes 
 1964/12/20 HLSto MertonThis is a brief note to thank you for your letter and the typescripts which have arrived and are now  
 1965/03/09 HLS[x]from MertonSorry to subject you to my handwriting but it is a quiet time and I can't type - the novices areYes 
 1965/04/06 HLS[x]from MertonI am not just subjecting you to my handwriting because you said it was legible (most charitably!!) Dialectic B / Dame Hildelith's essay on virginity and Merton's thoughts
 1965/07/04 HLSto MertonI have so much to thank you for and this letter should have been written weeks ago. I waited  
 1965/07/11 (#01)TL[c]from MertonMany thanks for the letter and for the mss of Cambrai material, which I will go over later.  
 1965/07/11 (#02)TLS[x]from MertonMany thanks for the letter and for the mss of Cambrai material, which I will go over later.Yes 
 1965/08/12 HLSto MertonThank you so much for your letter and for the packets which have arrived since. These were  
 1965/08/23 TLS[x]from MertonUnfortunately I have misplaced your last letter, but I know what the main point was and I hastenYes 
 1966/04/22 HLS[x]from MertonI must give the impression of being always in the hospital - just got out after a back operation.  
 1966/04/27 HLSto MertonThank you for your note. I intended writing this week anyway. I was so sorry to hear from  
 1966/09/12 (#01)TL[c]from MertonCertainly much water has gone under the bridge-- whether of the Severn or of the Ohio-- since your  
 1966/09/12 (#02)TLS[x]from MertonCertainly much water has gone under the bridge-- whether of the Severn or of the Ohio-- since your  
 1966/10/02 HLSto MertonThank you for your letter. The Severn has been flowing peacefully with no floods - it is very apt  
 1966/10/15 HLto MertonAt last the Cassiodorus proofs - <u>and</u> the paper came yesterday, so we are all set to print [last page[s] missing]
 1966/10/24 (#01)TL[c]from MertonI think I must now remember not to call you Dame, is that right? Personally I rather liked it.Yes 
 1966/10/24 (#02)TLS[x]from MertonI think I must now remember not to call you Dame, is that right? Personally I rather liked it.Yes 
 1967/03/20 HLSto MertonI am quite ashamed to write for this letter should have been sent to you before Christmas.  
 1967/04/28 TL[c]from Merton(I have no idea now whether I should call you "Dame" or merely "Sister" but since you have beenYes 
 1968/11/18 HLSto MertonIt is ages since I wrote, but that is deliberate because you must be so snowed under with writing  
 undated/no/no (#01)HLSfrom Sitwell, GerardHerewith the pictures and the necessary permissions. Thank you for letting me see Merton [undated - from Dom Gerard Sitwell, O.S.B. to Dame Hildelith]
 undated/no/no (#02)other THE ACT OF BEING [-] Patriarch tree [-] With foliage light [poem by Raissa Maritain and translated from French to English by Merton? - original handwritten comments by Dame Hildelith, "French is a spare language, and English a rich one, don't you think? One can't really achieve the same texture." - included after 1964/02/22 letter]
       

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