Here are a couple of letters exchanged between a soldier fighting in Vietnam and Merton. The soldier is inspired by some of Merton's words in The Seven Storey Mountain, and Merton offers further encouragement in his reply.
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See also one published letter from Merton to Jon Allen in The Road to Joy.
This Record Sub-Group is not divided into Series and is arranged chronologically.
||TL to Merton
||At the time you passed through the gate of the Trappist monastery, and turned your back on the
|| Vietnam / asks for Merton's prayers
||TL[c] from Merton
||I want to write a few words to thank you for your letter and to encourage you to stick to the good
|| Vietnam / words of encouragement for soldier and comrades