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Merton's Correspondence with:

Lawson, Penelope, 1890-1977; a religious of C.S.M.V.; Sr. Penelope Lawson; Ruth Penelope Lawson

Lawson, Penelope, Sr., C.S.M.V., 1890-1977  printer


Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence
Dates of materials: 1965-1967, 1972, 1984
Volume: 22 item(s); 34 pg(s)

Scope and Content


Sr. Penelope Lawson was from the Anglican Community of St. Mary the Virgin in Wantage, England. She spent most of her time there as librarian at St. Mary's Convent and authored a number of books. She is also well-known for translations of early and medieval Christian writers. It was through translation of writings of Isaac of Stella that she was first in contact with Merton. (Source: The Hidden Ground of Love, pp. 477-478.)

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See also published letters from Merton to Sr. Penelope in The Hidden Ground of Love, pp. 477-481.

Series List

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Container List

#DateFrom/ToFirst LinesPub ✓Notes
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1. 1965/08/25 HLS to Merton Thank you very much for your letter of August 14th, which I was most pleased to get. My efforts «detailed view»
2. 1965/10/17 TL[c] from Merton Well, I have brought Migne up to the hermitage and am looking over the original text. «detailed view»
3. 1965/10/23 HLS to Merton Thank you so much for your long letter of Oct. 17th. At the moment... and oh dear, how often this «detailed view»
4. 1965/11/02 TL[c] from Merton Many thanks for your letter of the 23rd of October. I must tell you that when I get enthusiastic «detailed view»
5. 1965/12/07 HLS to Merton Thanks very much for your. I have done Sermo XVIII and also a bit of XIV as particularly good about «detailed view»
6. 1966/01/25 HLS to Merton I have just restarted work on Isaac after having flu. In Sermo XXIII 1765C there is a nice bit- «detailed view»
7. 1966/02/10 HLS to Merton Thank you very much for your letter, for the mimeo copy of Sermo XVIII. I have sent the bit from S. «detailed view»
8. 1966/05/30 HLS to Merton Darton, Longman & Todd can't undertake Isaac; they are putting their last penny, more or less, «detailed view»
9. 1966/06/18 HLS to Merton It was nice to get your letter but I am very sorry to hear you have been ill. Faith Press are «detailed view»
10. 1966/06/21 HLS to Merton I sent off the typescript of Isaac to you on Saturday by air parcel, registered, as I found this was «detailed view»
11. 1966/07/04 TL[c] from Merton I have safely received the manuscript of your translationsof [sic] Isaac and have finished reading «detailed view»
12. 1966/07/27 TL[c] from Merton Some time ago I finished the introduction to Isaac and I have been patiently (more or less) waiting «detailed view»
13. 1966/08/24 HLS to Merton Thankyou [sic] so much for your letter and for the Introduction to Isaac which I think is excellent. «detailed view»
14. 1966/09/12 TL[c] from Merton Many thanks for your letter of August 24th, and I hope things are progressing with the English «detailed view»
15. 1966/10/01 HLS to Merton Thankyou [sic] so much for your letter - I am most interested that you have sent Isaac to Herder. «detailed view»
16. 1967/02/07 TL[c] from Merton Please forgive me for waiting so long to reply to your inquiry. I had to get in touch with Herder, «detailed view»
17. 1967/05/23 TL[c] from Merton The editor of Herder and Herder has just returned to me your ms of Isaac with the most profuse «detailed view»
18. 1967/07/21 HLS to Merton I am so sorry not to have written before. Way back in May.. or was it April?.. I at last succeeded «detailed view»
19. 1972/10/20 HLS[x] to Center from Lawson, Penelope If that is not the right way to address you, please forgive me! Your letter of August 7 reached me «detailed view»
20. 1984/01/12 TLS  from Margaret, Honor / to William Shannon I have received a letter from Canon A. M. Allchin of Canterbury, who tells me that you are making an answers to several questions / enclosed a copy of a book cover including a brief biography and a picture «detailed view»
21. 1984/01/22 TLS[x]  from Shannon, William / to Sr. Joan I received the letter of Reverend Mother General regarding Sr. Penelope. I am most grateful for the seeking further information about Sr. Penelope, possible off-prints of Isaac of Stella booklets, and about the community at St. Mary's Convent, Wantage, Oxfordshire England «detailed view»
22. 1984/06/02 TLS  from Joan, Sr. / to William Shannon Thank you for your letter. I will try to answer your questions about Sister Penelope (Ruth Penelope recollections of Sister Penelope / enclosed, a small CSMV WANTAGE pamphlet «detailed view»

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