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Letters to Local Draft Boards; Local Boards; Conscientious objector

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Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence
Dates of materials: 1962-1968
Volume: 8 item(s); 10 pg(s)

Scope and Content

This file contains statements by Merton on behalf of individuals claiming conscientious objector status. He often wrote to local draft boards in favor of those morally opposed to war.

Biography

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Related Information and Links

See also one published letter from Merton to a Draft Board in The Road to Joy, pp. 322-323.

Series List

This Record Sub-Group is not divided into Series and is arranged chronologically.

Container List

#DateFrom/ToFirst LinesPubNotes
1. 1962/05/21 (#01) TL from Merton I have been asked by Mr James A. Kennedy to offer a statement that objection to nuclear war, Kennedy - member of Pax, an international Catholic peace movement / Merton declares that conscientious objection can be held by a Catholic in regard to nuclear war and other wars given present weapons technology / just war for self defense possible, but unlikely today / statements by Pope Pius XII and John XXIII «detailed view»
2. 1962/05/21 (#02) TLS[x] from Merton I have been asked by Mr James A. Kennedy to offer a statement that objection to nuclear war, Kennedy - member of Pax, an international Catholic peace movement / Merton declares that conscientious objection can be held by a Catholic in regard to nuclear war and other wars given present weapons technology / just war for self defense possible, but unlikely today / statements by Pope Pius XII and John XXIII «detailed view»
3. 1964/01/29 TL[x] from Merton This letter is written in support of Mr Robert Kachnowski who is hoping to be classified [to Local Board 90 - Detroit, Michigan] «detailed view»
4. 1965/04/08 TL[c] from Merton Joseph M. Morse has asked me to write a supporting letter regarding his draft classification. [to Local Board 129 - Winona, Minnesota] «detailed view»
5. 1966/09/07 TL[c] from Merton I have been asked by Thomas Thompson to write this letter in regard to his application to be [to Local Board 87 - Detroit, Michigan] «detailed view»
6. 1967/01/07 TL[c] from Merton I am writing to you in behalf of John Wu Jr, son of a very good friend of mine and a former [to Local Board 18 - Newark, New Jersey] «detailed view»
7. 1968/02/19 HLS[x] from Merton As a spiritual advisor I have been consulted by Joseph Mulloy who is seeking to follow [to Local Board 47 - Louisville, Kentucky - see also the "Mulloy, Joseph" file for related correspondence] «detailed view»
8. undated/no/no TAL[c] from Merton Mr Michael F. Humphrey has written asking that I support him in his claim for special classification [to Local Board 116 - Stearns County, St. Cloud, Minnesota] «detailed view»

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