The Black Robe
Father Benwell's Correspondence
To the Secretary, S. J., Rome.
I BEG to acknowledge the receipt of your letter. You mention that our
Reverend Fathers are discouraged at not having heard from me for more than
six weeks, since I reported the little dinner given to Romayne at my lodgings.
I am sorry for this, and more than sorry to hear that my venerated brethren
are beginning to despair of Romayne's conversion. Grant me a delay of
another week--and, if the prospects of the conversion have not sensibly
improved in that time, I will confess myself defeated. Meanwhile, I bow to
superior wisdom, without venturing to add a word in my own defense.
The week's grace granted to me has elapsed. I write with humility. At the
same time I have something to say for myself.
Yesterday, Mr. Lewis Romayne, of Vange Abbey, was received into the
community of the Holy Catholic Church. I inclose an accurate newspaper
report of the ceremonies which attended the conversion.
Be pleased to inform me, by telegraph, whether our Reverend Fathers wish
me to go on, or not.
BOOK THE FIFTH.