By Teresa of Avila

The definitive three-volume variation of St Teresa of Avila's prose and poetry, in Professor E. Allison Peers's justly celebrated translation.

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XVI: p. 96). 5. Her first contact with the Society of Jesus took place "after almost twenty years' experience of prayer" (Chap. XXIII: p. 150). 6. "I am not yet fifty" (Chap. XXXVII: p. 266). 7. Mention of the death of P. Ibáñez (Chap. XXXVIII: p. 272. Cf. Chap. XXXIV, p. 238). 8. Mention of the receipt of a Brief from Rome which was dated July 17, 1565 (Chap. XXXIX: p. 285). The first five of these references enable us to postulate and confirm an approximate date; the last three confirm this further and help us to fix it more exactly.

March 10. Agreement for the Caravaca Convent signed (F XXVII). Before May 11 (LL 71). First meeting with Gradan (F XXIV, R XXXIX). Makes vow of obedience to Gracián (R XL, XLI). May 18-26. Journey to Seville (Leaves, May 18; at Ecija, May 23: R XL; arrives at Seville, May 26: F XXIV). May 29. Foundation of Convent at Seville (11). June 9. New licence for the Caravaca convent granted by Philip II (F XXVII). (May-June. ) July 19. Writes from Seville to Philip II (LL 77) on behalf of the plan for dividing the Order and asking that P.

A letter appended to the autograph manuscript of the Life tells us that the book had no sooner been completed ("I had not finished reading through what I had written") than the recipient of the letter* asked for it; whereupon the author begged him to make any emendations in it which he thought well and before sending it to P. Ávila to have it copied. As at this time P. Báñez, one of the Saint's two confessors, was professor of theology at the Dominican College of St. Thomas m Ávila, it is not improbable that the two Fathers examined the manuscript together, which would no doubt mean a delay in sending it on as its author had asked.

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