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Merton's Correspondence with:

Hiromu Morishita Hiromu

Morishita, Hiromu, 1931-  printer

 
 

Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence
Dates of materials: 1964-1968, 1972-1973
Volume: 23 item(s); 27 pg(s)

Scope and Content

Biography

Hiromu Morishita was president of the Senior High School Teachers' Society and the Hiroshima Peace Education Institute in Japan. He was a survivor of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and led a group of survivors, known as the Hibakusha, on a world tour for peace. On May 16, 1964, the group visited Merton and stayed at Gethsemani. Merton read Morishita his poem, "Paper Cranes" (the paper crane is a Japanese symbol of peace). (Source: The Hidden Ground of Love, pp. 458-459.)

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See also published letters from Merton to Morishita published in The Hidden Ground of Love, pp. 458-461.

Series List

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

Container List

#DateFrom/ToFirst LinesPubNotes
1. 1964/07/10 TALS to Merton We reached home in Hiroshima safely on the 5th of July. You treated us with such sympathetic «detailed view»
2. 1964/08/23 (#01) TL[c] from Merton It was a pleasure to receive some news from you, and I am grateful for the photographs. «detailed view»
3. 1964/08/23 (#02) TALS[x] from Merton It was a pleasure to receive some news from you, and I am grateful for the photographs. «detailed view»
4. 1965/01/14 HPCS to Merton Happy new year to you. The end of year I get your note for an exhibit of your drawings, thank you «detailed view»
5. 1965/03/08 (#01) TL[c] from Merton The books went off some time ago and you ought to receive them soon, if you have not received them «detailed view»
6. 1965/03/08 (#02) TALS[x] from Merton The books went off some time ago and you ought to receive them soon, if you have not received them «detailed view»
7. 1965/04/15 HLS to Merton I received your books "Seeds of Destruction" and Fernand Pessoa's poems. I say great thanks «detailed view»
8. 1965/08/03 (#01) HLS[x] from Merton As August 6 approaches I want to write to you and all your friends and co-workers and join with you «detailed view»
9. 1965/08/03 (#02) transcript from Merton As August 6 approaches I want to write to you and all your friends and co-workers and join with you «detailed view»
10. 1965/08/16 (#01) HLS to Merton Now I received your letter. So I say thank you for that. In this summer «detailed view»
11. 1965/08/16 (#02) other to Merton HIROSHIMA. [-] Be gaze exactly by your own eyes. In this place, it was happened the affaire [handwritten poem by Morishita] «detailed view»
12. 1966/12/25 (#01) TALS[x] from Merton Sorry, I have just had to give up any hope of answering most of my Christmas mail personally. [labeled "Christmas Morning" - dated 1965/12/25 in the published letters, but matches other circular letters from 1966, see also "Circular Letters" file] «detailed view»
13. 1966/12/25 (#02) transcript from Merton I was very glad to get your card and hear from you again. Let us hope the shameful and disastrous [transcript of Merton's handwritten annotations on circular letter of the same date] «detailed view»
14. 1966/12/25 (#03) HCS to Merton I hope you are well. I'm so sorry not to have written. I read your poem "A Tune for Festive Dances «detailed view»
15. 1967/08/06 (#01) TL[c] from Merton Today is Hiroshima Day and I think very much about you and all my friends there. It is a solemn «detailed view»
16. 1967/08/06 (#02) TALS[x] from Merton Today is Hiroshima Day and I think very much about you and all my friends there. It is a solemn «detailed view»
17. 1968/01/01 (#01) TALS[x] from Merton Christmas mail was an avalanche this year: it always is, but more so in 1967. News from friends [labeled "NEW YEAR'S LETTER 1968" - see "Circular Letters" file] «detailed view»
18. 1968/01/01 (#02) transcript from Merton Blessings for your family. Indeed we must hope and work for peace for all children and not permit «detailed view»
19. 1972/12/12 HLS to Center from Morishita, Hiromu I'm sorry so late about a year to answer and send copy of letter from late Thomas Merton. «detailed view»
20. 1973/01/26 TL[c] from Center to Morishita, Hiromu Thank you so much for sending the xeroxed copies of Thomas Merton's letters to you in order that «detailed view»
21. undated/no/no HCS to Merton I'm sorry so late to write. First I must say thanks for sending of your copies. I read them «detailed view»
22. undated/no/no other to Merton THIS YEAR AGAIN [-] by Hiromu Morishita [-] By the T-shaped bridge where all those present in summer «detailed view»
23. undated/no/no HLS to Merton With kind remembrances and all good wishes for a Merry Christmas and Bright New Year. «detailed view»

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