B. Fenwick: Corresp, Clare Joseph, 1826, 1/17/1816-5/30/1828
Scope and Contents
Comments on her serious illness in 1825-1826; his concern over Barbara's death; states that poor Carmel is in "crucible of affliction". In5/8/1826, Fenwick recounts the circumstance of the vow which C. Neale made, while dying. Although Fenwick thought it was a "conditional vow' which he wanted monastery to make for his recovery, Neale disagreed. He intended that the monastery would give $30 annually forever to be spent on clothing some poor child--this vow for his recovery. He didn't wish it to be conditional -whether he recoverd or not (thus more acceptable to God) Fenwick wrote it down very reluctantly. But, Fenwick tells Clare Joseph that the real question is whether the Community of M. Carmel took the above vow freely. Using logical argument, calling on St. Thomas, he indicates that Carmel is not at all responsible for keeping this vow. Ends letter with "Adieu my dear Reverend Mother. Take good care of your health." In 5/30/1828 he mentions death of Mr.Smith and how inconsolable Stanny must have been (her father). "The ways of God are ways of mercy."
- Creation: 1/17/1816-5/30/1828
From the Record Group: 3 linear feet