Historical Documents


Infinity of Little Hours Historical Documents

Documents used in the writing of Infinity of Little Hours

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"Monks didn’t use new paper, so Dom Philip made the note, in the smallest handwriting he could, on the inside of an envelope sent by his father" (p. 110) With the novice master’s permission, the novices could write notes to each other. Because they were about to take a vow of poverty, to save paper, these notes were always written on very small recycled scraps of paper.
“Monks didn’t use new paper, so Dom Philip made the note, in the smallest handwriting he could, on the inside of an envelope sent by his father” (p. 110) With the novice master’s permission, the novices could write notes to each other. Because they were about to take a vow of poverty, to save paper, these notes were always written on very small recycled scraps of paper.

A note Dom Leo wrote to Dom Ignatius when he left the Charterhouse.
A note Dom Leo wrote to Dom Ignatius when he left the Charterhouse.

A novice’s copy of the sermon Dom Joseph gave when Doms Cyril and Ignatius were received into the novitiate.
A novice’s copy of the sermon Dom Joseph gave when Doms Cyril and Ignatius were received into the novitiate.

This page from the first volume of the Annals describes the size of each part of the Charterhouse.
This page from the first volume of the Annals describes the size of each part of the Charterhouse.
The author taking notes from the Annals in the frigid, damp North Parlor. She is wearing all the clothes she brought with her, as well as those of her husband.
The author taking notes from the Annals in the frigid, damp North Parlor. She is wearing all the clothes she brought with her, as well as those of her husband.

Nancy Klein Maguire
The author trying to make sense of these documents in her Washington, DC, home.