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Author QuotedBenet of Canfield
Title QuotedRule of Perfection
Date (Year/Month/Day)1961/04/22
QuotationI now have the first two parts of Canfield's Rule, though I have not had a chance to read them. The notes arrived safely some time ago in case I did not thank you already. Now: would you consent to my getting one of my friends to handprint, in a limited edition of not more than 100 copies, some selected passages from Part III, with perhaps a little note of introduction which I would write, Deo volente? This would not, of course, interfere with what they refer to as a "trade edition" of the complete Rule. And I would expand my introduction for that edition. I have at least three friends in mind, all of them great printers and two having a fine reputation among collectors. One of them will surely want to do this. What do you say? All we will "get out of it" (!) will be a few copies of the book, but I feel amply rewarded just in seeing something fine finely printed. For God's glory and for the honor of His saints! "¦ Do you know where I might get hold of the Vansteenberghe life of Canfield? If necessary you could order it from Blackwell's for me and the bill could be sent to my London publisher. Please let me know.
Quotation SourceThe Hidden Ground of Love: The Letters of Thomas Merton on Religious Experience and Social Concerns.; Selected and edited by William H. Shannon. / New York : Farrar Straus Giroux. 1985, p. 341
Letter toEtta Gullick
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