.1r1OR several years before his death Bernard Shaw corresponded with the Abbess of an convent. She wrote to
him on his last birthday to tell him that it would he celebrated in the community with special prayers for hint.
Shaw wrote in reply: "God must be tired of all these prayers for this fellow Shaw whom He doesn't half like. He has promised his servant L " (the Abbess) "that he will do His best for him, and we had better leave it at that."
Shaw added that he always found peace in thinking of that convent, which in the past he had often visited.
This story is told in the current issue of the Catholic Citizen, organ of St. Joan's Social and Political Alliance, by Mira Christopher Se John, one of the original members. Miss St. John, a convert, and also a friend of Shaw, was eon ccrned with Miss Edith Craig I in publishing the correspondence; between Shaw and her mother, E Ellen Terry. 1 The identity of the Abbese and of the convent is not revealed.