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Olmstead, Beatrice D.

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Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence

Dates of materials: 1953-1967, 1986

Volume: 18 item(s); 20 pg(s)

Scope and Content


Beatrice Olmstead wrote to Merton after reading The Seven Storey Mountain, and she and her family became for Merton like an adopted family.

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Related Information and Links

See also letters from Merton to Olmstead and her family in The Road to Joy, pp. 272-279.

Series List

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

Container List

SeriesDateTypeTo/FromFirst LinesPubFull TextNotes
 1953/01/12 TLS[x]from MertonIf I don't write now, it will be an inexcusable delay in thanking you for the Mass and for the otherYes  
 1953/02/16 TLS[x]from MertonI have just a moment to spare in which to thank you for the Mass stipend. What could be a moreYes  
 1955/02/05 TLS[x]from MertonIt has taken me a long time to get around to thanking you again. I was happy to hear about theYes [no original date - hand dated on photocopy by Olmstead - appears middle section of letter is removed]
 1959/06/09 TLS[x]from Merton(What typing- please forgive me.) How can I thank all you wonderful people for your lettersYes  
 1960/02/06 TLS[x]from MertonThis is to thank all of you for the letters, presents, prayers and good wishes for Christmas and myYes  
 1961/06/17 TLS[x]from MertonFor several days I have intended to drop you this note and I hope I am not too late with it.Yes  
 1962/06/04 TLS[x]from MertonThank you for your good letter. I have been thinking of you all, and of course I know you pray forYes  
 1963/06/15 TLS[x]from MertonYou must think I have got moss growing all over me by this time. I am so sorry not to have answeredYes [listed as to "Lenore 'Norrie' Olmstead" in <i>The Road to Joy</i> - letter lists addressee as Beatrice]
 1964/01/04 TAL[c]from MertonThis is a brief note to thank all of you for your Christmas letters and presents. I was especiallyYes  
 1964/07/04 TAL[c]from MertonHow long can it be since I last wrote you and the family? I have a feeling I owe you all at leastYes  
 1965/06/09 TLS[x]from MertonI am ashamed to have gone so long without saying thanks for the letters and masses, yours   
 1966/01/01 TL[c]from MertonMany thanks to you and Norrie and Terence for your letters and for the Masses. And Happy New Year.Yes [listed as "1967/01/01" in <i>The Road to Joy</i> - 1966 on the letter]
 1966/06/15 TL[c]from MertonThanks very much for your remembrance on my ordination anniversary and for the note written withoutYes  
 1967/07/19 TALSto MertonPlease forgive me for the delay in writing to thank you most sincerely for your wonderful articles   
 1967/10/06 TLSto MertonI am now on my second time around reading "Zen" (Mystics and Zen Masters). I can't express how much   
 1967/11/16 TAL[c]from MertonIt is already a long time since you sent the coffee and everything. It came right at the best time,Yes  
 1986/08/04 TLSto Center from Olmstead, BeatriceI just returned from Boston where I welcomed a new grandson when I found your letter and I thank you   
 1986/08/08 TL[x]from Center to Olmstead, BeatriceThank you for your prompt response to my letter of inquiry. I appreciate your answering.   

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