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Merton's Correspondence with:

James William Douglass; Jim Douglass; James Douglass; Douglass, Jim

Douglass, James William, 1937-  printer

 
 

Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence
Dates of materials: 1965, 1967, 1983
Volume: 34 item(s); 43 pg(s)

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Biography

Jim Douglass is known for his theological writing and his activism in the area of non-violent resistance to war and especially nuclear arms. He was a friend of Daniel Berrigan and Dorothy Day. He served as a theological advisor on conscientious objection and nuclear war at the Second Vatican Council. He first met Merton while a professor at Bellarmine College in Louisville, Kentucky.

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#DateFrom/ToFirst LinesPubNotes
1. 1965/05/26 TL[c] from Merton Your letter just reached me. I will be delighted to see you and Dan next Monday. The only thing is «detailed view»
2. 1965/06/19 HLS to Merton Wednesday, July 14th would be good for us. We'll leave here about 11:30, after my morning class, «detailed view»
3. 1965/07/06 HLS to Merton Father John will come with us on the 14th. He's been a very good friend to both Sally and me -- «detailed view»
4. 1965/09/24 HLS to Merton Thanks once again for another great afternoon. Being with you people for a few hours should be «detailed view»
5. 1965/10/03 HLS to Merton Just a hurried note to let you know that the meetings in Rome went remarkably well. «detailed view»
6. 1965/11/03 (#01) HLS to Merton The apocalyptic symbols deepen. I was shocked by this. But now the mass media broadcast it -- [newspaper clipping from the same date enclosed with this letter] «detailed view»
7. 1965/11/03 (#02) other to Merton Pacifist Burns Self To Death In Front Of The Pentagon; Baby Is Spared His Fate [-] WASHINGTON (AP) [newspaper clipping about Norman R. Morrison enclosed with letter of the same date] «detailed view»
8. 1965/11/06 (#01) TL[c] from Merton Thanks for your two letters, and the clippings. I got both, and I must admit that I agree with you. «detailed view»
9. 1965/11/06 (#02) TLS from Merton Thanks for your two letters, and the clippings. I got both, and I must admit that I agree with you. «detailed view»
10. 1965/11/11 TALS from Merton Today I sent telegrams to Dorothy Day and Jim Forest. To Jim I had to send one asking to remove my «detailed view»
11. 1965/11/16 TLS to Merton I think your letter to Jim was, as you say, painful but necessary. A moral brake has to be applied. «detailed view»
12. 1965/11/24 HNS[x] from Merton This is an attempt only. Needs correction perhaps. The CFP and FOR are quite mad at me about my [see Sub-Section D.9 for original essay of "Peace and Protest" inscribed by Merton to James Douglass and with Merton's corrections] the Fellowship of Reconciliation and the Catholic Peace Fellowship angry at Merton for wanting to resign his sponsorship - John Heidbrink / does not think Catholic Worker would publish essay either / plans to publish essay in Louisville Courier-Journal and in local diocesan papers «detailed view»
13. 1965/12/03 (#01) TLS from Merton First of all I was extremely sorry to hear about your clash with the Holy Name societies «detailed view»
14. 1965/12/03 (#02) other  from Merton to Friends STATEMENT. For many years, idle rumors have claimed that I had left the monastery of Gethsemani [typed annotated statement to friends and to the members of the Catholic Peace Fellowship - enclosed in December 3 letter - published with "Circular Letters"] «detailed view»
15. 1965/12/07 HLS to Merton Thanks so much for your letter and for the good statement to the CPF, which I'm returning. I think «detailed view»
16. 1965/12/14 TAL[c] from Merton I think your piece on Vietnam was really first class. Dorothy wrote a good letter saying she likes «detailed view»
17. 1965/12/26 TLS from Merton First of all, thanks for the letter and for the Council text. But I am very sorry to hear about «detailed view»
18. 1967/03/24 (#01) TL[c] from Merton Ping Ferry sent me what is evidently a chapter of a new book of yours and I just want to say how «detailed view»
19. 1967/03/24 (#02) TALS from Merton Ping Ferry sent me what is evidently a chapter of a new book of yours and I just want to say how «detailed view»
20. 1967/03/29 TALS to Merton Thank you for the great letter. Such words keep one going. During this year or so in the north «detailed view»
21. 1967/04/17 (#02) TALS from Merton Thanks for sending the new chapter (which I return). I like it, and find the last part especially [contains underlining and notes by James Douglass] «detailed view»
22. 1967/04/17 (#02) TL[c] from Merton Thanks for sending the new chapter (which I return). I like it, and find the last part especially «detailed view»
23. 1967/06/16 TLS to Merton I just finished reading your very beautiful article in Fellowship, "Blessed Are the Meek: «detailed view»
24. 1967/06/30 (#01) TLS from Merton I am returning the two chapters with thanks. The one on the Council is really first rate, «detailed view»
25. 1967/06/30 (#02) TL[c] from Merton I am returning the two chapters with thanks. The one on the Council is really first rate, «detailed view»
26. 1967/07/05 HLS to Merton I'm glad to hear "Blessed Are the Meek" will appear as a CPF pamphlet. It is really fine. «detailed view»
27. 1967/10/03 (#01) TLS from Merton I am doubly sorry for having delayed about your chapter-- the last one-- because now I haven't got «detailed view»
28. 1967/10/03 (#02) TL[c] from Merton I am doubly sorry for having delayed about your chapter-- the last one-- because now I haven't got «detailed view»
29. 1983/03/29 TLS[x] from Shannon, William I am a professor at Nazareth College of Rochester and have been appointed by the Merton Legacy Trust «detailed view»
30. 1983/04/21 TLS to Shannon, William Thank you for your letter inquiring about my correspondence with Thomas Merton. I am glad that [vita of James Douglass enclosed with letter] «detailed view»
31. 1983/04/27 TALS[x] from Shannon, William Thank you for your prompt reply to my letter and for sending on the additional Merton letters, [questions for Douglass enclosed with letter] «detailed view»
32. 1983/06/12 TALS[x] to Shannon, William I'm sorry to be so slow in replying to your thoughtful letter with the two Merton letters I had lost «detailed view»
33. 1983/07/04 TLS[x] from Shannon, William This seems a fitting day to write you - a day of national celebration that for more and more people «detailed view»
34. undated/no/no other   TO JAMES DOUGLASS [-] JAMES DOUGLASS [-] While he is recognized as a theologian and a writer, [biographical statement and end notes for William Shannon's The Hidden Ground of Love] «detailed view»

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