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Merton's Correspondence with:

Sr. M. Irmã Emmanuel de Souza e Silva; Sr. Emmanuel da Virgem de Souza e Silva

Silva, M. Irmã Emmanuel de Souza e, Sr., O.S.B., 1912-2002  printer

 
 

Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence
Dates of materials: 1955-1968, 1982, 1984
Volume: 126 item(s); 250 pg(s)

Scope and Content

Biography

Sr. Emmanuel de Souza e Silva was a Brazilian nun of the monastery of the Virgin Mary in Petropolis (whose order joined with the Benedictines during their correspondence) and long-time translator of Merton's works into Portuguese. Although born in Brazil, she had spent some of her academic studies in England and France. She was also a social worker in her home of Rio de Janeiro before religious life. (Source: The Hidden Ground of Love, p. 181.)

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Related Information and Links

See also Cold War Letters #22, published in The Hidden Ground of Love, pp.181-201.

Series List

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

Container List

#DateFrom/ToFirst LinesPubNotes
1. 1955/02/28 TALS[x] from Merton A letter from a cloister, written on the feast of my beloved St Romuald, and asking for a service «detailed view»
2. 1955/05/no HPCS to Merton Rev. Mother Prioress and each one of us wish to thank you for the kind permission, and to say we [verso: color photograph of a painting of a Madonna] «detailed view»
3. 1959/02/03 TLS[x] from Merton First of all thank you for your generous and careful work in translating the two books you have sent «detailed view»
4. 1959/09/29 HLS to Merton This is to let you know we have sent you by ordinary mail a copy of the translation of "Marthe, «detailed view»
5. 1959/10/24 TLS[x] from Merton I have received your nice letter and the copies of Martha Mary and Lazarus and What «detailed view»
6. 1960/05/16 HLS to Merton Please do forgive me this awful paper but it has been given me and "holy poverty" says I had better «detailed view»
7. 1960/07/28 TLS[x] from Merton This is terrible. How many months have passed since I received your last letter? And I still owed «detailed view»
8. 1960/09/05 HLS to Merton You can be sure I was much relieved and overjoyed when your letter of July 28th arrived. «detailed view»
9. 1960/09/08 (#01) HLS to Merton Forgive me for bothering you again. I had meant to say you were not to worry about answering my «detailed view»
10. 1960/09/08 (#02) HNS to Merton I forgot to say Alceu A.L. Told me he had been invited by the Editor of a Catholic magazine «detailed view»
11. 1960/09/16 TLS[x] from Merton I would really like to help Marina de Berg. She has had a hard time, and her book is basically «detailed view»
12. 1960/10/25 HLS to Merton When this reaches you, you will, I hope, have received the air-mail letter which I am trying to find «detailed view»
13. 1960/11/19 HLS to Merton As you see "Spiritual Direction and Meditation has arrived (on Oct. 12th) and I do like it «detailed view»
14. 1960/12/02 TLS[x] from Merton This is certainly your season-- Advent. Emmanuel da Virgem. I shall remember you especially «detailed view»
15. 1961/01/19 HLS to Merton Since Christmas I have been wanting so much to write to you to thank you for your letter of Dec 2nd «detailed view»
16. 1961/03/09 (#01) HLS[x] from Merton The Abbot General has sent us here the imprimi potest for your translation of «detailed view»
17. 1961/03/09 (#02) transcript from Merton The Abbot General has sent us here the imprimi potest for your translation of Thoughts [William Shannon's transcript - typescript for published letters] «detailed view»
18. 1961/06/23 (#01) HLS to Merton I wrote to you sometime in April (I believe the 30th) thanking you for your March (2nd) letter, «detailed view»
19. 1961/06/23 (#02) HN to Merton Rev. Mother designed it and I spoilt it, trying to write Isaias 62, 11. -You see, Father, I'm [enclosure of a note and a card with a drawing of Jesus] «detailed view»
20. 1961/08/09 TALS[x] from Merton The chief reason for this letter is to inquire whether you received the books? I think very often [see note of 1961/08/21, which was attached to this letter] «detailed view»
21. 1961/08/20 HLS to Merton Yes the book did arrive. First, "Disp. Quests." by ari-mail on July 10th. Then on Aug. 9th, «detailed view»
22. 1961/08/21 (#01) TN[x] from Merton On July 3, 1961 we dispatched two pieces of Registered Mail, both with return receipts requested. [attached with note on verso to 1961/08/09 letter] «detailed view»
23. 1961/08/21 (#02) HNS from Alexander, Br., O.C.S.O. We are writing this at the suggestion of Father Louis, who is concerned about these pieces, there is [verso of 1961/08/09 note - attached to 1961/08/21 letter] «detailed view»
24. 1961/11/08 HLS to Merton I hope you received my letter dated Oct. 18th thanking you for the poems in Spanish. This is just «detailed view»
25. 1962/01/16 (#01) TLS[x] from Merton It is almost impossible for me to make sense out of my correspondence at the moment. Christmas [Cold War Letters #22] «detailed view»
26. 1962/01/16 (#02) transcript from Merton The poems of Dom Basilio are quite charming. The Advent one was particularly good. [Cold War Letters #22 - transcript from bound set] «detailed view»
27. 1962/02/10 HLS[x] to Merton Many thanks for your magnificent letter dated Jan. 16th. I agree, of course, with all «detailed view»
28. 1962/03/15 HLS to Merton You certainly keep me busy! Even during Lent... But I'm afraid you must say I try your patience «detailed view»
29. 1962/03/29 (#01) HLS[x] from Merton This morning all the books you asked for in your recent letter were sent out. I have not however [note attached to 1962/03/29 letter] «detailed view»
30. 1962/03/29 (#02) transcript from Alexander, Br., O.C.S.O.? Alas, the man at the [indecipherable word..] where I had the letters Xeroxed over looked the other [William Shannon's transcript for published letters of note attached to 1962/03/29 letter] «detailed view»
31. 1962/05/04 HLS[x] to Merton Many thanks for your very kind letter of March 16th which, as usual, I enjoyed very much. «detailed view»
32. 1962/06/18 TLS[x] from Merton I am glad some of the books finally reached you. I also sent copies of Blackfriars magazine «detailed view»
33. 1962/11/02 TLS[x] from Merton First, don't worry about censorship, or my reaction. I have no doubts about the unfeasonableness «detailed view»
34. 1962/11/05 (#01) HLS[x] from Merton By all means tell "Vozes" to send the contract. But I am not sure if New Directions is not the one «detailed view»
35. 1962/11/05 (#02) transcript from Merton By all means tell "Vozes" to send the contract. But I am not sure if New Directions is not the one [William Shannon's transcript - typescript for published letters] «detailed view»
36. 1963/05/22 (#01) HNS[x] from Merton As to your letter about the photos. No - it would be better if this picture were not used. «detailed view»
37. 1963/05/22 (#02) transcript from Merton As to your letter about the photos, No - it would be better if this pivture [sic] were not [William Shannon's transcript - typescript for published letters] «detailed view»
38. 1963/07/25 HLS to Merton I received the beautiful card ("Fliput to Egypt" reproduction of an illumination) you sent me on May «detailed view»
39. 1963/08/22 (#01) HLS[x] from Merton It would be a pleasure for us if you would be the translator of Life and Holiness «detailed view»
40. 1963/08/22 (#02) transcript from Merton It would be a pleasure for us if you would be the translator of Life and Holiness which is [William Shannon's transcript - typescript for published letters] «detailed view»
41. 1963/12/13 HLS to Merton Many thanks for your great kindness. Yr. xmas card? Preface to Japanese editions arrived yesterday «detailed view»
42. 1964/01/17 (#01) TL[c] from Merton Thanks for your letter of December 13th and for the clippings. I hope my surface mail packet has «detailed view»
43. 1964/01/17 (#02) TLS[x] from Merton Thanks for your letter of December 13th and for the clippings. I hope my surface mail packet has «detailed view»
44. 1964/03/20 (#01) HLS[x] from Merton Thanks for your good letter. I also heard from Eileen. She has learned much!! You have been «detailed view»
45. 1964/03/20 (#02) transcript from Merton Thanks for your good letter. I also heard from Eileen. She has learned much!! You have been [William Shannon's transcript - typescript for published letters] «detailed view»
46. 1964/04/30 (#01) HLS to Merton I am writing at full speed and do hope this will be readable... Since your letter of March 2nd «detailed view»
47. 1964/04/30 (#02) HCS to Merton This is one of the cards we designed (Rev. Mother) and printed for Christmas. Many people were [verso: red and white woodcut print with Madonna and Child Jesus and the words "Mãe de Deus [-] Mãe da Rússia"] «detailed view»
48. 1964/05/31 (#01) TL[c] from Merton As usual I have several letters that I have not answered. This batch goes back to the days when you «detailed view»
49. 1964/05/31 (#02) TALS[x] from Merton As usual I have several letters that I have not answered. This batch goes back to the days when you [contains annotations by Merton and handwritten notes by Silva about the context of the letter] «detailed view»
50. 1964/06/10 TLS[x] from Merton Since I last wrote you, Kabir has arrived. It is a totally precious book beautiful in every way, «detailed view»
51. 1964/06/25 (#01) HLS to Merton This is just to let you know I have received - with much joy! - The 3 copies of "Monk - Diaspora", «detailed view»
52. 1964/06/25 (#02) other   Poema de Celcilia Meireless [-] ELEGIA SOBRE A MORTE DE GANDHI [-] qui se detém as sercias [news clipping with a poem and picture of Cecilia Meireles see next record for annotation on the same clipping] «detailed view»
53. 1964/06/25 (#03) HNS   -She is my favorite of this generation. I prefer her to Drummonde de Andrade or Michael «detailed view»
54. 1964/07/22 HLS to Merton At last I can sit down and start a letter to you, but I don't know how long it will be before «detailed view»
55. 1964/07/28 (#01) TL[c] from Merton Your long letter arrived yesterday and I will try to do something about it before all of it has «detailed view»
56. 1964/07/28 (#02) TLS[x] from Merton Your long letter arrived yesterday and I will try to do something about it before all of it has [contains annotation about the letter by Silva] «detailed view»
57. 1964/08/03 (#01) HLS to Merton Please forgive me. I am really so sorry to have to pester you with my horrible letters «detailed view»
58. 1964/08/03 (#02) HLS to Merton Here are AAL's articles on your "L. or H." (He "stole", after humbly asking permission, then «detailed view»
59. 1964/08/23 (#01) TL[c] from Merton Thanks for your latest letter, in all its ramifications. And for the clippings of Alceu A.L. «detailed view»
60. 1964/08/23 (#02) TALS[x] from Merton Thanks for your latest letter, in all its ramifications. And for the clippings of Alceu A.L. «detailed view»
61. 1964/09/10 (#01) TL[c] from Merton This will have to be short. Poison ivy has taken the skin off my hands and if I type long «detailed view»
62. 1964/09/10 (#02) TLS[x] from Merton This will have to be short. Poison ivy has taken the skin off my hands and if I type long «detailed view»
63. 1964/12/02 (#01) TL[c] from Merton You get a brand new ribbon. It brings you my best wishes for Advent and Christmas. Thanks for your «detailed view»
64. 1964/12/02 (#02) TALS[x] from Merton You get a brand new ribbon. It brings you my best wishes for Advent and Christmas. Thanks for your «detailed view»
65. 1964/12/06 (#01) HLS[x] from Merton Here is a copy of the preface, and more will come by surface mail. Thanks for your letter. «detailed view»
66. 1964/12/06 (#02) transcript from Merton Here is a copy of the preface and more will come by surface mail. Thanks for your letter. [William Shannon's transcript - typescript for published letters] «detailed view»
67. 1964/12/10 HCS to Merton Thanks for your letter of Dec. 2nd written with the brand new ribbon. I had been wondering how you [verso: color print of a drawing of a star and the biblical quote from Isaiah 9:1 - "O povo que andava nas trevas viu uma grande Luz"] «detailed view»
68. 1965/02/17 TNS[x] from Merton A letter came from Vozes about Seeds of Destruction. I wanted to check and see if it was all right «detailed view»
69. 1965/06/17 HLS to Merton I received your letter, or rather, card, of February 17th and at once let VOZES know they should «detailed view»
70. 1965/07/11 (#01) TL[c] from Merton I will not multiply lamentations about the mail situation. It gets worse and worse, since I get «detailed view»
71. 1965/07/11 (#02) TLS[x] from Merton I will not multiply lamentations about the mail situation. It gets worse and worse, since I get «detailed view»
72. 1965/09/17 HLS to Merton Many, many thanks for your v. good letter of July 11th also for the photos. All our friends «detailed view»
73. 1965/12/14 TLS[x] from Merton I am really sorry to be such a bad correspondent, but in the hermitage it is worse than ever now. «detailed view»
74. 1966/04/17 (#01) HLS[x] from Merton Thanks for your birthday - Holy-Thursday letter. And forgive my handwriting. I have recently got «detailed view»
75. 1966/04/17 (#02) transcript from Merton Thanks for your birthday -Holy thursday letter. And forgive my handwriting. I have recently got [William Shannon's transcript - typescript for published letters] «detailed view»
76. 1966/06/13 TLS[x] from Merton Here is the article for the Jornal do Brasil. It was finished a couple of weeks ago but the typing «detailed view»
77. 1966/08/29 HLS to Merton I have been wanting to write to you for some time. But there were so many things I wanted to say. «detailed view»
78. 1966/10/06 (#01) TL[c] from Merton First, many things have arrived: Seeds of Destruction and New Man. «detailed view»
79. 1966/10/06 (#02) TLS[x] from Merton First, many things have arrived: Seeds of Destruction and New Man. «detailed view»
80. 1966/11/14 (#01) HLS[x] from Merton In a day or two I will be sending you a copy of the new book Conjectures of a Guilty «detailed view»
81. 1966/11/14 (#02) transcript from Merton In a day or two I will be sending you a copy of the new book Conjectures of a Guilty [William Shannon's transcript - typescript for published letters] «detailed view»
82. 1967/04/28 HLS to Merton It is a such a long time since I have heard from you! Yr. last letter is dated Nov. 14th. «detailed view»
83. 1967/05/04 (#01) TL[c] from Merton Your letter came yesterday and I was delighted to hear you are now Benedictines. Welcome into our «detailed view»
84. 1967/05/04 (#02) TLS[x] from Merton Your letter came yesterday and I was delighted to hear you are now Benedictines. Welcome into our «detailed view»
85. 1967/05/11 HLS to Merton It was good to have yr. news! Many thanks for your letter of May 4th (Ascension Day. «detailed view»
86. 1967/05/30 (#01) TL[c] from Merton I have written to Doubleday to try to make sure that whoever does the publishing in Brazil, you will «detailed view»
87. 1967/05/30 (#02) TLS[x] from Merton I have written to Doubleday to try to make sure that whoever does the publishing in Brazil, you will «detailed view»
88. 1967/06/08 HLS to Merton It was really very kind of you to write (on May 30) and I am very ashamed of myself for putting you «detailed view»
89. 1967/06/18 (#01) HLS to Merton I have already thanked you for your v. kind letter of May 30th and have sent back (this, by surface «detailed view»
90. 1967/06/18 (#02) other   COMBINACÃO [-] QUE ENTRE SI FAZEM, DE UM LADO EDITÔRA VOZES LTDA., RUA «detailed view»
91. 1967/07/31 (#01) TL[c] from Merton First of all, in case I did not tell you before, I have the assurance of Doubleday that Lawrence «detailed view»
92. 1967/07/31 (#02) TLS[x] from Merton First of all, in case I did not tell you before, I have the assurance of Doubleday that Lawrence «detailed view»
93. 1967/08/10 TALS[x] from Merton You will know better than us here what to do about this offer from Portugal. I don't remember «detailed view»
94. 1967/09/22 HLS to Merton I have just received the addresses of the important "personnages" in this country who can «detailed view»
95. 1967/09/25 HLS to Merton I hope the Unesco letter from Paris mentioning one of our experts on African love and his wife, «detailed view»
96. 1967/10/30 (#01) TL[c] from Merton Here are some photos of the ikons. I think you can get some idea of how beautiful they are, «detailed view»
97. 1967/10/30 (#02) TLS[x] from Merton Here are some photos of the ikons. I think you can get some idea of how beautiful they are, «detailed view»
98. 1968/02/21 HLS to Merton I wrote this to you a few days ago but forgot to say a few things. I hope you will forgive me for «detailed view»
99. 1968/02/27 (#01) TL[c] from Merton Just a quick word before Lent. I hope to shut up a little more tomorrow for six weeks or so. «detailed view»
100. 1968/02/27 (#02) TLS[x] from Merton Just a quick word before Lent. I hope to shut up a little more tomorrow for six weeks or so. «detailed view»
101. 1968/03/04 TLS[x] from Merton I found a copy of the poem, so I am sending it along. Carmen de Mello is finally publishing «detailed view»
102. 1968/03/12 (#01) HLS to Merton I was hesitating about writing to you and intruding in yr. attempt to silence during Lent. But... «detailed view»
103. 1968/03/12 (#02) HCS to Merton United in thanksgiving and prayer, bless yr. brazilian translator [card commemorating Silva's Jubilee] «detailed view»
104. 1968/03/18 (#01) TL[c] from Merton Just a quick note to send you my congratulations and prayers and best wishes for the 25th. «detailed view»
105. 1968/03/18 (#02) TLS[x] from Merton Just a quick note to send you my congratulations and prayers and best wishes for the 25th. [a photograph of Merton's hermitage is photocopied onto the letter] «detailed view»
106. 1981/01/11 HPCS to Shannon, William This is a little picture of Sister M. Emmanuel's Dark with God's wonderful light always shining so [verso: color photograph of a sunset on a beach at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil] «detailed view»
107. 1982/02/18 HLS to Shannon, William I am glad to tell you that your wonderful book is being a success. Several different people have «detailed view»
108. 1982/03/05 TLS[x] from Shannon, William I was delighted to hear from you. I have received your post card and letter. I am happy that you «detailed view»
109. 1982/03/12 HLS[x] to Shannon, William Thanks for your very kind letter of March 5th. I was very glad to get it indeed-- as my answer felt «detailed view»
110. 1982/04/12 HLS[x] to Everett, Karen Greetings from Brazil! If you care to contact the Thomas Merton Legacy Trust, Mrs Anne McCormick «detailed view»
111. 1982/04/16 TLS[x]  from Shannon, William / to Karen Everett This morning I wrote to Nancy Miller asking her to contact you to see if you had been in touch with «detailed view»
112. 1982/08/22 TL[c] from Shannon, William You must thing by now that I have disappeared from the scene, since it has been so long since «detailed view»
113. 1982/09/11 HLS to Shannon, William I am afraid this has to be a hurried scribble and am very sorry cannot at present «detailed view»
114. 1982/09/27 TLS[x] from Shannon, William I very much regret that I cannot be in Brazil for the meeting you so kindly arranged for me with «detailed view»
115. 1982/10/07 HLS to Shannon, William Many thanks for your fine letter of Sept. 27 of course we feel sure you will manage to come «detailed view»
116. 1982/10/12 HLS to Shannon, William This is just to let you know a few things about the Merton letters in my possession: 1. I received «detailed view»
117. 1984/02/23 TALS[x] from Shannon, William I am sure you must be wondering what has happened to me and why you have not heard from me. «detailed view»
118. 1984/03/16 HLS to Shannon, William I received yr. letter of Feb. 23. I already knew through Bro Pat how very busy you are working hard «detailed view»
119. 1984/04/20 TLS[x] from Shannon, William I am most grateful to you for your long letter and for the time it must have required to write it. [dated "Good Friday, 1984"] «detailed view»
120. undated/01/21 HLS to Merton I wrote to you in 1957 about author rights for "Bread in the Wilderness" which I had been «detailed view»
121. undated/02/26 HLS to Merton I have been wanting, ever so much, to thank you for your interesting, kind and very appreciated «detailed view»
122. undated/04/01 HLS to Merton Many thanks for your very kind and most precious prayers of Mass, especially at East and for «detailed view»
123. undated/04/21 HLS to Merton I've got a horrible flu', something like the Asiatica «detailed view»
124. undated/09/18 HLS to Merton I do hope you are not horrified at my bombing you with letters. I sent you two very disgraceful «detailed view»
125. undated/no/no HPCS to Merton Inside, the church and Sacristy are v. beautiful, simple and recollected and majestic. [verso: color photograph of the Monastery of St. Benedict in Olinda (Recife), Brazil] «detailed view»
126. undated/no/no other   SISTER M. EMMANUEL [-] Sister M. Emmanuel de Souza e Silva was born in Rio de Janeiro. [William Shannon's biography of Silva for The Hidden Ground of Love] «detailed view»

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