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Circular Letters to Friends (for mimeographing)  printer

 
 

Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence
Dates of materials: 1962-1968, 1981
Volume: 38 item(s); 72 pg(s)

Scope and Content

This section includes letters typed, mimeographed and shared with a number of friends. He would send a seasonal letter on or near a feast day, holiday, natural season, or liturgical season, e.g., Christmas, Easter, Lent, Pentecost, mid-summer, New Year, etc.

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Related Information and Links

See also Section D.2 in the Classification, and published versions in The Road to Joy, pp. 88-121.

Series List

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

Container List

#DateFrom/ToFirst LinesPubNotes
1. 1962/05/11 other from Merton Memorandum: Summary of my position regarding nuclear war and peace. 1. I am not not a new theory, not pure pacifism, not unilateral disarmament, but a "massive, all out, annihilatory war with nuclear or any other weapons... is contrary to Christian ethical standards" - includes obliteration bombing and unconditional surrender / Edward Teller - nuclear first strike immoral and bad tactic / limited war «detailed view»
2. 1963/no/no? other from Merton Forgive me for answering you with a form letter, but I get so many requests like yours mimeographed form letter about Merton «detailed view»
3. 1965/02/28 TLS[x] from Merton Please excuse my attempt to answer you with a form letter. As this Lent approaches, I am form letter dated "Quinquagesima Sunday 1965" / handwritten note on letter "We are praying for you Joseph. Have Courage" (signed) Br Dunston «detailed view»
4. 1965/12/25? (#01) TL[c] from Merton I hate to resort to mimeographed letters but it has become completely impossible for me to answer [labeled "A CHRISTMAS LETTER 1965"] «detailed view»
5. 1965/12/25? (#02) TLS[x] from Merton I hate to resort to mimeographed letters, but it has now become completely impossible for longer version of "A CHRISTMAS LETTER 1965 ABBEY OF GETHSEMANI KY" «detailed view»
6. 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 1966" - photocopy from "Cargas, Harry" file] «detailed view»
7. 1966/12/25 (#02) TALS[x] from Merton Even with the aid of mimeograph it is not possible to adequately take care of everybody, acknowledge [labeled "CHRISTMAS - NEW YEAR LETTER 1966 - 1967" - see "Herscher, Irenaeus" file for hard copy] «detailed view»
8. 1966/no/no? (#01) transcript from Merton For many years idle rumors have claimed that I had left the monastery of Gethsemani where I made [labeled "Statement to Friends 66" - see also copies in the "Forest, James" and "Douglass, James" files] «detailed view»
9. 1966/no/no? (#02) other[x] from Merton For many years idle rumors have claimed that I had left the monastery of Gethsemani where I made [labeled "Statement to Friends 66" - see also Sub-Section E.1, "Statement for Catholic Peace Fellowship (CPF)" - this copy signed and corrected - see also copies in the "Forest, James" and "Douglass, James" files] «detailed view»
10. 1967/01/22 TLS[x] from Merton Several wrote that they liked my mimeographed Christmas letter and urged me to go on mimeographing [labeled "Septuagesima Sunday 1967" - photocopy from "Cargas, Harry" file] «detailed view»
11. 1967/02/no? (#01) TL[c] from Merton The last mimeographed letter is running out and there are still more than four weeks to go before [labeled "Lent 67"] «detailed view»
12. 1967/02/no? (#02) TALS from Merton The last mimeographed letter is running out and there are still more than four weeks to go before [labeled "Lent 67"] «detailed view»
13. 1967/02/no? (#03) TLS[x] from Merton The last mimeographed letter is running out and there are still more than four weeks to go before [labeled "Lent 67"] «detailed view»
14. 1967/03/26 (#01) TLS[x] from Merton It has been a beautiful warm Easter here, though the most recent news from the East Coast complains [labeled "Easter 67" - longer than the carbon (next record)] «detailed view»
15. 1967/03/26 (#02) TL[c] from Merton It has been a beautiful warm Easter here, though the most recent news from the East Coast complains [labeled "Easter 67"] «detailed view»
16. 1967/05/14 (#01) TLS[x] from Merton The main piece of news at this season is the ordination to the priesthood of my old friend [labeled "PENTECOST 1967" - slightly shorter can original carbon (see next record)] «detailed view»
17. 1967/05/14 (#02) TAL[c] from Merton The main piece of news at this season is the ordination to the priesthood of my old friend Dan Walsh [labeled "Pentecost 67"] «detailed view»
18. 1967/07/no? (#01) TLS[x] from Merton Recently I heard of the following strange event. Frank Sheed, in London, was awakened [almost identical to carbon - without the label of MIDSUMMER 1967 (see next record)] «detailed view»
19. 1967/07/no? (#02) TL[c] from Merton Recently I heard of the following strange event. Frank Sheed, in London, was awakened at four [labeled "MIDSUMMER 67"] «detailed view»
20. 1967/07/no? (#03) TLS from Merton Recently I heard of the following strange event. Frank Sheed, in London, was awakened at four [mimeographed copy with mimeographed signature] «detailed view»
21. 1967/12/no? TLS[x] from Merton This year has gone by fast, and not without sorrows. Besides the death of Victor Hammer last summer [labeled "ADVENT-CHRISTMAS LETTER 1967"] «detailed view»
22. 1968/01/01 (#01) TLS 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"] «detailed view»
23. 1968/01/01 (#02) TLS[x] from Merton Christmas mail was an avalanche this year: it always is, but much more so in 1967. News [labeled -" NEW YEARS LETTER 1968"] «detailed view»
24. 1968/02/no? (#01) TALS from Merton The approach of Lent once again makes me realize that the only way to handle the pile of letters [labeled "PRE-LENT LETTER 1968" - Merton's annotation after the last line, "May you grow in love. May you have joy!" (repeated in another's handwriting)] «detailed view»
25. 1968/02/no? (#02) TL[c] from Merton The approach of Lent once again makes me realize that the only way to handle the pile of letters [labeled "PRE-LENT LETTER 1968"] «detailed view»
26. 1968/02/no? (#03) TALS from Merton The approach of Lent once again makes me realize that the only way to handle the pile of letters [labeled "PRE-LENT LETTER 1968" - Merton notes in pen a note speaking against cruelty to animals (animal experimentation), "I think you are right in being against vivisection. We must respect life. Best TM."] «detailed view»
27. 1968/04/no? (#01) TLS from Merton As I write this there is snow on the ground from a blizzard we had the other day, but the sun is [labeled "EASTER LETTER 1968"] «detailed view»
28. 1968/04/no? (#02) TL[c] from Merton As I write this there is snow on the ground from a blizzard we had the other day, but the sun is [partial copy - labeled "EASTER LETTER 1968"] «detailed view»
29. 1968/04/no? (#03) TL from Merton As I write this there is snow on the ground from a blizzard we had the other day, but the sun is [labeled "EASTER LETTER 1968"] «detailed view»
30. 1968/04/no? (#04) TL[c] from Merton As I write this there is snow on the ground from a blizzard we had the other day, but the sun is [labeled "EASTER LETTER 1968"] «detailed view»
31. 1968/05/no? (#01) TL[x] from Merton My Easter letter was written a couple of weeks before Easter, and it is of course not much use my [labeled "PASCHAL TIME 1968"] «detailed view»
32. 1968/05/no? (#02) TL[c] from Merton My Easter letter was written a couple of weeks before Easter, and it is of course not much use my [labeled "PASCHAL TIME 1968"] «detailed view»
33. 1968/07/no? (#01) TLS[x] from Merton For various reasons I was quite busy during May and June, and so for July and part of August I am [labeled "MIDSUMMER LETTER 1968"] «detailed view»
34. 1968/07/no? (#02) TL[x] from Merton For various reasons I was quite busy during May and June, and so for July and part of August I am [working copy (?) for form letter labeled "MIDSUMMER LETTER 1968"] «detailed view»
35. 1968/09/no? (#01) TLS[x] from Merton As you know, I have been cutting down more and more on letters and now my contacts will be almost [labeled "FALL 1968"] «detailed view»
36. 1968/09/no? (#02) TALS from Merton As you know, I have been cutting down more and more on letters and now my contacts will be almost [labeled "FALL 1968" - Merton's handwritten annotation, "Please do not give this to printers before Sept 12th!!" (the day after his flight out of Kentucky for his travels to the American West and Asia)] «detailed view»
37. 1968/11/09 TL[x] from Merton This newsletter is not a reply to mail because I have not been getting mail on this Asian trip... [labeled "Asian Letter 1" - written from New Delhi, India - photocopy from "Cargas, Harry" file - see also text of letter send to Br. Patrick Hart for distribution in the Hart correspondence file] «detailed view»
38. 1981/01/no? other   Dear Friend, from letter because so many requests. [working notes of William Shannon] «detailed view»

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