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Letter from Stephen of Lexington to the Abbot of Whitland (Letter 2)

Extract from Stephen of Lexington, Letters from Ireland 1228 - 1229 (translated and with an introduction by Barry W. O'Dwyer), Cistercian Publications Inc., Kalamazoo, Michigan, 1982

Letter 2

To the Abbot of Whitland, greetings.

Having taken your position into account and also the need there is for your counsel and presence in your own house, we do not advise or dare to advise you to undertake such an arduous journey from your own house as the journey to Ireland lest jealous people may perhaps say what we recall is written about the Exodus: Imprudent is he who, having abandoned his own dead, weeps for the stranger. On that account, we undoubtedly indicate to Your Beloved that, the Lord willing, with the counsel of worthy and God-fearing men and having God and the rules of the Order before our eyes, we will devote ourselves to the visitation of your daughter house, making provision for it as for all the other monasteries in Ireland in accordance with what the discipline of the Order and deep-rooted discretion on weighty advice directs and obliges us. (1)

1 – Note in text - Tracton (Albus Tractus), in the diocese of Cork, County Cork, founded from Whitland in 1225: Gwynn and Hadcock, p. 143

Stephen of Lexington, Letters from Ireland 1228 - 1229, translated and with an introduction by Barry W. O'Dwyer (Cistercian Publications Inc., Kalamazoo, Michigan) p. 18
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