Iris Weiss Bennett was the widow of Merton's guardian in England, Dr. Tom Izod Bennett. Communication between the Bennett's and Merton was few and far between after Merton left Cambridge.
Please click here for general restrictions concerning Merton's correspondence.
See also a letter from Merton to Iris Bennett and excerpts from Bennett's letter to Merton in The Road to Joy, pp. 76-77.
This Record Sub-Group is not divided into Series and is arranged chronologically.
||HLS to Merton
||On a visit to California, I brought some family and friends letters and papers- etc- I had not seen
|| letters written by Merton's parents around the time of his birth, some photos of Merton and John Paul (his younger brother) as babies, and of Owen (his father) / 1945 letter to Tom Bennett - entry into the monastery and news of John Paul's death / Tom Bennett's death / reaction to how they were portrayed by Merton
||TL[c] from Merton
||Your letter came to me as a complete surprise, and one that was in its own way bouleversant. I had
|| Iris' move to California / Jean Hering / letter of 1957 and regrets expressed by Merton / news of Tom Bennett's death - came late and via New Zealand / Life quote refers to Merton's generation as "older", not Merton's elders (like Iris) / monastic life - new eremitical life / debt owed Tom and Iris / writings not intended to injure