The Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University

MERTON'S CORRESPONDENCE WITH:
Ferry, Wilbur Hugh "Ping", 1910-1995

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Record Group: Section A - Correspondence

Dates of materials: 1961-1974, 2001

Volume: 292 item(s); 399 pg(s)

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Biography

W. H. Ferry, also known as Ping Ferry, was vice-president of the Center for Democratic Institutions at Santa Barbara from 1954-1969. In 1961, Merton first wrote to W. H. Ferry, having been introduced to pamphlets produced by the Center for Democratic Institutions by James Laughlin. This began a dialog between the two that continued through the rest of Merton's life. Ferry first came to visit Gethsemani in November of 1964 for a meeting with the Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR) and others on peace that was attended by Daniel and Philip Berrigan, A. J. Muste, John Howard Yoder, among others. Ferry drove Merton along the northern California coast as Merton scoped out areas for a possible new hermitage. He was also present to see Merton off when his flight left for Asia. (Source: The Hidden Ground of Love, p. 201.)

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See also Cold War Letters #26, #39, #48, and #77 and other correspondence from Merton to Ferry published in The Hidden Ground of Love, pp. 201-245.

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SeriesDateTypeTo/FromFirst LinesPubFull TextNotes
 1961/09/18 TLSfrom MertonFor a long time I have been meaning to write this letter to you, ever since my friend and publisher,Yes  
 1961/11/18 (#01)HLSfrom MertonJ. Laughlin is probably writing to you about our idea of a paperback of articles on peace.Yes  
 1961/11/18 (#02)other J. Laughlin is probably writing to you about our idea of a paperback of articles on peace.  transcription of hand written letter from Merton to Dr. Ferry
 1961/11/28 TL[x]to MertonDoubtless you saw Jim Newman's now-famous letter to Washington <u>Post</u>: "Let Our Children Go."  [another letter appears at the bottom of this letter with reference to Merton "Dear Hiram: I enclose all of the items..."]
 1961/12/06 TL[x]to MertonI am having a copy of the Fall issue of <u>Cross Currents</u> sent to you under separate cover.   
 1961/12/06 (#01)TLSfrom MertonThanks for yours of November 30th which only reached me yesterday. If I had got to it soonerYes [letter to J. Laughlin enclosed with this letter]
 1961/12/06 (#02)TL[c] from Merton to James LaughlinI had not realized that I was supposed to send the copy of the Gerard Piel article to you,  [enclosed with 1961/12/06[1] letter to Ferry]
 1961/12/08 TL[x]to MertonMumford told me he was sending you "The Morals of Extermination." It's a far better piece than   
 1961/12/11 TL[x]to MertonSir Robert Wason-Watt can be reached at Maple Brook, Tuxedo, New York. Don't hesitate to ask him   
 1961/12/21 HLSfrom MertonI have received both your five minute bit of the taped discussion and Hallock Hoffman's UP.Yes  
 1961/12/26 TL[c]to MertonPlease let me edge up this way to first names. I am a genuine black-American in my dislike of the   
 1961/12/29 HLSfrom MertonI have none of the Leo Szilard articles to which you refer as we do not get the <u>Bulletin</u>   
 1962/01/18 TLSfrom MertonYou will probably be hearing soon from J. who left here yesterday for Florida and for some amazingYes  
 1962/01/30 (#01)TLSfrom MertonI have just received your two letters and the other items. I have just read the article youYes [Cold War Letters #26]
 1962/01/30 (#02)transcriptfrom MertonI have just received your two letters and the other items. I have just read the article youYes [Cold War Letters #26 - transcript from bound set]
 1962/02/17 (#01)TLSfrom MertonI envy you the sunny, dusty lanes, but why go spoil it with Jules Romains? Anyway I hope you areYes [Cold War Letters #39]
 1962/02/17 (#02)transcriptfrom MertonI envy you the sunny, dusty lanes, but why go spoil it with Jules Romains? Anyway I hope you areYes [Cold War Letters #39 - transcript from bound set]
 1962/02/20 TL[x] from Hoffman, Hallock / to Paul P. HarbrechtEven in Ping's absence, the office machinery works so well that I have seen your letter of February  [Hallock Hoffman with the Center for Democratic Institutions writes to Fr. Paul P. Harbrecht, S.J. was with the Twentieth Century Fund at Georgetown University Law Center]
 1962/02/22 HPCSto Merton[...] thanks for lovely Hagia Sophia and Averroes; both warm and enlarge and awake the soul  [verso: color photo of the parish church at Alamos, Sonora, Mexico]
 1962/03/06 (#01)TALSfrom MertonThanks for your good letter from Mexico and the one sent on returning, with its enclosures.Yes [Cold War Letters #48]
 1962/03/06 (#02)transcriptfrom MertonThanks for your good letter from Mexico and the one sent on returning, with its enclosures.Yes [Cold War Letters #48 - transcript from bound set]
 1962/03/16 TLSfrom MertonThe article mailed March 13 with your note on the top arrived today. I am surprised you did not getYes  
 1962/04/04 TL[x]to MertonMy plan is to arrive at Louisville around 6:00 or 7:00 on Tuesday evening next, April 10.   
 1962/04/18 TL[x]to I. F. Stone's Weekly (editors)Please send a one year subscription to the <u>Weekly</u> to Father Thomas Merton, Abbey of Our Lady   
 1962/04/26 TL[x]to MertonThere is so much to report that I shall have to give it to you in installments. But first I owe you   
 1962/05/04 TLSfrom MertonThis may perhaps just get you before you take off for Geneva. Thanks much for all the hippie stuff   
 1962/05/07 TLSto MertonUnder separate cover I sent Dom James a Last Supper* done by a friend of mine here in Santa   
 1962/05/08 TLS[x]from MertonHow long is it since you were here? I forget, must be almost a month already.There [sic] have beenYes  
 1962/05/17 TL[x]to MertonPlease put this check in the account that pays for mimeographing and printing of your materials.   
 1962/05/22 TLS[x]from MertonFirst of all you should not have sent the check. But since you did, thanks. It will pay for someYes  
 1962/06/04 (#01)TALSfrom MertonToday two big packets arrived, and secreted in the midst of one of them was Zuckernandl. I was veryYes [Cold War Letters #77]
 1962/06/04 (#02)transcriptfrom MertonToday two big packets arrived, and secreted in the midst of one of them was Zuckernandl. I was veryYes [Cold War Letters #77 - transcript of bound set]
 1962/06/14 TL[c]to MertonI've had a pleasant letter from Dom James, saying that the triptych is being admired by all in your   
 1962/07/13 TALSfrom MertonI am finishing the Alan Harrington book about the "Crystal Palace". This is really a good book.Yes  
 1962/07/16 (#01)TL[c]to MertonI haven't been writing because I haven't had much to say. This weekend I read a great deal   
 1962/07/16 (#02)otherfrom Riesman, DavidMy secretary will send on the piece about San Francisco State if she hasn't already -- I'm sorry it  [David Rieman from the Harvard University Department of Social Relations writes to Ferry on 1962/07/16 - enclosed with 1962/07/16 letter to Merton]
 1962/07/16 (#03)HNSto MertonThe quest for the common good goes out[.] Can I be of any help in getting the book under way?  [note written on article entitled "Science in Washington" from the 1962/05/04 issue of <u>Science Week</u> detailing the US military's operations to develop biological weapons of mass destruction - enclosed with 1962/07/16 letter to Merton]
 1962/07/31 transcriptfrom MertonGreat letter of yours to the Sta Barbara News Press, on the Everyman I case! Very clear,   
 1962/08/17 HLSfrom MertonJust found Zuckernandl while cleaning up - thought I had sent him months ago - so sorry.   
 1962/08/21 TLS[x]from MertonI thought the speech about the FBI and the rest was tremendous and am glad that it got around though  Ferry's remarks on the FBI and the Stock Exchange in his speech to the Western States Democratic Conference entitled "Myths, Clichés and Stereotypes" - nature of true freedom and attachment to economic systems / Daniel Berrigan / Gordon Zahn / <u>The Merton Reader</u>
 1962/08/30 (#01)HLSfrom MertonAm in the hospital for some tests -- nothing special. Brought Everett Gendler's MS of Rabbi   
 1962/08/30 (#02)TL[c]from MertonAm in the hospital for some tests -- nothing special. Brought Everett Gendler's MS of Rabbi   
 1962/09/12 (#01)TL[x]to MertonI am just going away for a couple of weeks, and I wanted to thank you for your nice note before   
 1962/09/12 (#02)TL[x]to Braden, JoanHere's a first class book to edit and review. It is the best collection of essays I have seen on  [Joan Braden was book editor for the <u>Oceanside Blade-Tribune</u>]
 1962/09/12 (#03)TL[x]to Meiklejohn, AlexanderHere's a first class bunch of essays. It's all for you. Do you know anyone for whom you might   
 1962/10/16 HLSfrom MertonThis stuff they have been sending to Zahn is pretty grim, isn't it! He's got himself set up as   
 1962/10/30 TL[c]to MertonYour mailings, especially the copies of the Powers review, are most welcome. They are being sent   
 1962/12/31 TLSfrom MertonGood to hear from you. Thanks for the stuff. Just been reading that fantastic James BaldwinYes  
 1963/01/12 TALSfrom MertonThe best way to get the Lax book is to write to Emil Antonucci,Yes  
 1963/01/31 TL[x]to MertonJust back from Convocation, which was a triumph in all ways except the important one. Financially   
 1963/03/20 TLSfrom MertonI sent Mary Weick a copy of the letter, and also Cold War Letters. I think I sent you more of theseYes  
 1963/04/27 TLS[x]from MertonThe books are on the way out. The bookstore is not carrying them, but I happened to have three.   
 1963/06/12 TALSfrom MertonThanks for the letter and the packets of things. I was especially glad of the little PelicanYes  
 1963/07/09 TALSfrom MertonThanks for your great talk on Colleges in Detroit. Clear as crystal, right on the point. How did   
 1963/07/12 TL[x]to MertonI am renewing your subscription with Izzy Stone. Enclosed the last couple of items from him.   
 1963/07/31 (#01)HLSfrom MertonGreat letter of yours to the Sta Barbara New Press, on the Everyman I case! Very clear,   
 1963/07/31 (#02)TL[c]from MertonGreat letter of yours to the Sta Barbara News Press, on the Everyman I case! Very clear,   
 1963/08/16 TL[x]to MertonWe have just made final plans for a meeting on the enclosed Proposal: Princeton, October 9-12.   
 1963/09/05 TLSfrom MertonI keep thinking I have told you to come in October about the middle. If I have not, this   
 1963/09/11 TLSfrom MertonThanks for everything you have sent lately, especially the book from Ross in N.Z.Yes  
 1963/09/20 TL[c]to MertonAnd now bursitis! If you were out in the world you'd be making a discovery right now;   
 1963/10/28 TLS[x]from MertonI was awfully sorry you did not get here. Hope everything is all right and that all is calming downYes  
 1964/02/06 (#01)TLSfrom MertonSorry for the long silence. I just can't keep up. Bad back and arm really slows me down a lot of   
 1964/02/06 (#02)TAL[c]from MertonSorry for the long silence. I just can't keep up. Bad back and arm really slows me down a lot of   
 1964/03/23 (#01)TALSfrom MertonYour latest consignment contains many good things. Triple Revolution is urgent and clearYes  
 1964/03/23 (#02)TAL[c]from MertonYour latest consignment contains many good things. Triple Revolution is urgent and clearYes  
 1964/03/24 TL[x]to I. F. Stone's Weekly (editors)Please renew Father Thomas Merton's subscription to the Bi-Weekly, address below: Father Thomas   
 1964/04/04 (#01)TAL[c]from MertonThanks for everything, especially for renewing IFS. By the way I assumed that you sent that cardYes  
 1964/04/04 (#02)TLS[x]from MertonThanks for everything, especially for renewing IFS. By the way I assumed that you sent that cardYes  
 1964/05/27 (#01)TLSfrom MertonToday or tomorrow I will be sending back some of the books I have borrowed from you, in fact all ofYes  
 1964/05/27 (#02)TAL[c]from MertonToday or tomorrow I will be sending back some of the books I have borrowed from you, in fact all ofYes  
 1964/06/03 TALSto Merton1. Please don't send back any books, least of all Izzy Stone's. If there's a place for them at the   
 1964/06/08 TLS[x]from MertonThis is a rush note, to say that unfortunately I am tied up on the 18th. Too bad.Yes  
 1964/07/01 (#01)TAL[c]from MertonBob Giroux at Farrar Straus says it is ok for the Center to publish part of that peace essay but heYes  
 1964/07/01 (#02)TALS[x]from MertonBob Giroux at Farrar Straus says it is ok for the Center to publish part of that peace essay but heYes  
 1964/07/04 HPCSto MertonI am having a solitary time and in a way, enjoying it. This is a strict Calvinist section  [verso: photo of Gruinard Bay in Scotland]
 1964/07/14 TLSfrom MertonHave you ever heard of P.D. East who runs a little newspaper of his own in Mississippi,   
 1964/08/14 HLSfrom MertonThanks for suggesting the Wienphal [sic] Zen book. I would like to see it and possibly review  [should be Zen book by Paul Wienpahl]
 1964/08/31 (#01)TLSfrom MertonThanks for many things, including the picture of St Francis which I probably did not acknowledge yetYes  
 1964/08/31 (#02)TALSfrom MertonThanks for many things, including the picture of St Francis which I probably did not acknowledge yetYes  
 1964/09/04 HLSfrom MertonSorry I forgot to return Michael's letter. Here it is. Everything goes well. Hope to be sending   
 1964/10/15 TLSto MertonI wd. like to take part in the FOR thing at Gethsemani, though I am not worthy. When is it?   
 1964/10/17 (#01)TLSfrom MertonYour note and packet just came in. The FOR group is supposed to come here for November 18 to 20,Yes  
 1964/10/17 (#02)TAL[c]from MertonYour note and packet just came in. The FOR group is supposed to come here for November 18 to 20,Yes  
 1964/10/20 TL[c]to MertonI'm planning to be with you on November 18-19, but I fear not the 20th, for I must get back here   
 1964/11/04 TALSto Merton1. Anything I shd. read in preparation for meetings 18-19? 2. Did Zahn send you galleys or proofs   
 1964/11/17? HNS[x]from MertonBy the time you get here we will all be in bed - so relax and get a good sleep. I will see you  [photocopied on same sheet as note from 1968/07/28 - Ferry notes that "This is undated and was handed to me when I arrived on my first visit to Gethsemani - likely the night before the November 18-20, 1964 meeting]
 1964/12/05 (#01)TLSfrom MertonYes, I am long overdue with these scribbles. It took time to get back on the railsYes  
 1964/12/05 (#02)TL[c]from MertonYes, I am long overdue with these scribbles. It took time to get back on the railsYes  
 1964/12/14 TALSto MertonI can use another 15-20 copies of the <u>Mississippi Witness</u> and thanks for the offer. My blood   
 1965/01/11 TALSto MertonIn describing to P. Jacobs and me last night the kind of analysis the US 'almost never gets', Milton   
 1965/03/19 (#01)TAL[c]from MertonI have just written to Mr Leavitt at the Museum saying I would be dlighted [sic] to sendYes  
 1965/03/19 (#02)TLS[x]from MertonI have just written to Mr Leavitt at the Museum saying I would be dlighted [sic] to send   
 1965/04/03 (#01)TLSfrom MertonOnce again, thanks for a whole pile of things. The extra copies of "Therefore Choose..."   
 1965/04/03 (#02)TL[c]from MertonOnce again, thanks for a whole pile of things. The extra copies of "Therefore Choose..."   
 1965/04/30 (#01)TLSfrom MertonThanks for your note and for forwarding the note from Palo Alto about the Sterling Galleries there.Yes  
 1965/04/30 (#02)TL[c]from MertonThanks for your note and for forwarding the note from Palo Alto about the Sterling Galleries there.Yes  
 1965/07/20 (#01)TLSfrom MertonThanks for the latest consignment which came this morning. I will go through it at leisure andYes  
 1965/07/20 (#02)TL[c]from MertonThanks for the latest consignment which came this morning. I will go through it at leisure andYes  
 1965/09/20 TLSfrom MertonFirst, thanks for all the paper. One of these days I know I will suddenly begin gettingYes  
 1965/10/19 TL[x]from MertonI am really very sorry to have done nothing about these drawings-- I mean about getting them out   
 1965/11/11 TLSfrom MertonHere is a copy of a letter I had to send to Jim Forest tod[ay.] I may be wrong in my judgment ofYes  
 1965/11/30 (#01)TLSfrom MertonThanks for all the things that have been coming in. I hope you have not been worried aboutYes  
 1965/11/30 (#02)other <u>PEACE AND PROTEST</u> [-] Thomas Merton [-] November 1965  [enclosed with Merton's 1965/11/30 letter to Ferry]
 1965/12/21 HLSto MertonI am sending the admirable <u>Chuang Tzu</u> to a good many people, including Marshall McLuhan.   
 1966/01/26 TL[c]from MertonI had dropped that preface in the mail this morning before I got your two notes and the new bunch ofYes  
 1966/01/29 TLSfrom MertonI forgot to reply to query about subscriptions: do so now. In the new setup Fr Abbot is rather   
 1966/03/01 HLSfrom MertonI sent a lot more of them. Hope you got them all right. Thanks for   
 1966/03/11 (#01)TLSfrom MertonThanks for the info about Fr DuBay. I am afraid that the kind of collision course with authorityYes  
 1966/03/11 (#02)TL[x]from MertonThanks for the info about Fr DuBay. I am afraid that the kind of collision course with authorityYes  
 1966/03/17 HNSfrom MertonThis is "Redeeming the Time" - actually it is only part of a book coming out in England,   
 1966/06/16 HLSfrom MertonJ. Laughlin said he would try to place the <u>Nostradamus</u> poem. If you get a good lead, consult   
 1966/06/28 HLSfrom MertonThanks for your very good visit today - most enjoyable and most helpful. Come again soon. Suzuki'sYes  
 1966/07/05 (#01)HLSto MertonFine few hours, exhilarating in fact. Many thanks. I'll call again in a year or so for more of   
 1966/07/05 (#02)TLS[x]from Nichols, William I.Thanks for your latest sharing of Thomas Merton. The more I see the "level" of his present writing,  [publisher of <u>This Week Magazine</u> in New York City - sent to Ferry on 1966/06/29 and enclosed with letter from Ferry to Merton]
 1966/07/15 (#01)TLSfrom MertonThanks for notes and so on about "This Week". As you say, no surprise. About sending NostradamusYes  
 1966/07/15 (#02)TL[c]from MertonThanks for notes and so on about "This Week". As you say, no surprise. About sending NostradamusYes  
 1966/07/19 TLSto MertonYes, I've kept in touch with J. about NOSTRADAMUS in a sort of way. I think we agree that it will   
 1966/07/23 (#01)TLSfrom MertonReturning herewith the interesting Ross letter. He is a bit wild but still there is something to itYes  
 1966/07/23 (#02)other YORUBA INCANTATION TO OBTAIN MONEY [-] There is no day when the sun does not rise.  [mimeograph of subscription/contribution request for literary magazine, <u>MELE</u>, by Stefan Baciu of Honolulu, Hawaii (see correspondence file for Baciu)]
 1966/07/23 (#03)other MELE [-] Carta Internacional de Poesía [-] International Poetry Letter [-] Marzo 1966 [-] 2  [March 1962 copy of <u>MELE</u>, edited and published by Stefan Baciu of Honolulu, Hawaii (see correspondence file for Baciu), with a contribution from Merton]
 1966/07/27 (#01)TLSfrom MertonHere are a couple extra copies of Buddhism. I will have more sent along if you need them, just sayYes  
 1966/07/27 (#02)TL[c]from MertonHere are a couple extra copies of Buddhism. I will have more sent along if you need them, just sayYes  
 1966/08/01 TLSto MertonI've a copy of Muir's Collected Poems at home; and I think there's a preface by someone or other.   
 1966/08/06 HLS[c]from Carlson, DorrisSo far as I know, only a brief notice of Suzuki's death has appeared in various publications/  [see "Carlson, Dorris" correspondence file]
 1966/08/10 TLS[x] from James, M / to W. H. FerryYour letter of July 11 deserved an answer long, long ago. I did finally get back from the "Wooly  letter from Pong (fr. M James O.C.S.O. Abbot0 to Ping / sends thanks for invitation to Ferry's center in CA / discussed the situation of Father L (Merton?)
 1966/08/18 (#01)HLSfrom MertonVery impressed with Joseph [illegible] 's piece in   
 1966/08/18 (#02)HLS[x]from MertonVery impressed with Joseph Lyford's (?) piece in Center January 13 - is there any chance  William Shannon's transcription with copy of letter
 1966/08/20 (#01)TLSfrom MertonThanks for the latest consignment. I am enclosing a couple of copies of my piece on Suzuki writtenYes  
 1966/08/20 (#02)TL[c]from MertonThanks for the latest consignment. I am enclosing a couple of copies of my piece on Suzuki writtenYes  
 1966/08/21 TLSfrom MertonI keep thinking of the DuBay case, and just in order to help a little I thought I might write himYes  
 1966/08/25 TLSfrom MertonMcDonald essay on DuBay just came in. I am afraid that when I read the dossier (which should haveYes  
 1966/09/04 (#01)HLSfrom MertonYes I would appreciate seeing the letters that were in Life about my piece. Have not seen them.   
 1966/09/04 (#02)HLS[x]from MertonYes, I would appreciate seeing the letters that were in Life about my piece. Have not seen them.  William Shannon transcription with copy of letter
 1966/09/17 (#01)TL[c]from MertonThanks for the Life letters and for the latest batch of stuff, including above all your PEP.Yes  
 1966/09/17 (#02)TALS[x]from MertonThanks for the Life letters and for the latest batch of stuff, including above all your PEP.Yes [marginalia and last two full paragraphs not published]
 1966/09/25 HLSfrom MertonThanks for your letter. Bursitis clearing up but I also have a cervical disk, and this will take   
 1966/10/01 TLS[x]from MertonGlad to get the latest batch. The Fortune article will be welcome. Have not got into it yet  [copied from photocopy at Dartmouth College]
 1966/10/04 (#01)TLSfrom MertonThanks, thanks. Three or four packs of things. And your letter, last of all instead of first.Yes  
 1966/10/04 (#02)TL[c]from MertonThanks, thanks. Three or four packs of things. And your letter, last of all instead of first.Yes  
 1966/11/04 TLSfrom MertonToo bad you could not make it, but anyway, any time is fine. Hope you can drop in next time East--   
 1966/11/24 other The Commentary of MARSHALL WINDMILLER [-] THE RISE OF GERMAN NATIONALISM   
 1966/12/01 (#01)TLSto MertonJoan Baez &amp; Ira Sandperl have just left. I talked this morning to the Abbot about   
 1966/12/01 (#02)other SCLC DIRECTION [-] S.C.L.C. must take the following, new direction if it is to continue as a vehicle  [Ira Sandperl's comments on the direction of Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) - dated 1966/11/17, and enclosed with Ferry's letter to Merton]
 1966/12/02 TLSto MertonMany thanks for the generous supply of <u>Prefaces</u> to T. Naht [sic] Hahn's book. I have already   
 1966/12/07 (#01)HLSfrom MertonMany thanks for sending Joan and Ira - wire says they'll be here tomorrow - will report afterward.   
 1966/12/07 (#02)HLS[x]from MertonMany thanks for sending Joan and Ira. Wire says they'll be here tomorrow. Will report  William Shannon transcript with copy of letter
 1966/12/08 TL[x]to Kennedy, JacquelineFather Richard McSorley encourages me to write to you directly with the following suggestion, which  [carbon copies sent to Fr. Richard McSorley, Senator Robert F. Kennedy, Ira Sandperl, and Fr. Daniel Berrigan]
 1966/12/09 (#01)TLSfrom MertonJoan and Ira were here yesterday-- got here late and had all too little time, but it was wonderfulYes  
 1966/12/09 (#02)TL[x]from MertonJoan and Ira were here yesterday-- got here late and had all too little time, but it was wonderfulYes  
 1966/12/13 HLSto MertonJoan and Ira called immediately on return to say they'd had a splendid day. She is the élan of that   
 1966/12/30 HNSfrom MertonI have just discovered that the annual retreat here will be from Feb 4-11 or thereabouts and that   
 1967/01/04 TL[c]from MertonThanks for your animadversions on the Zukofsky bit. I hadn't realized: and of course that is whatYes  
 1967/01/11 TLSto MertonStill worrying around my schedule for next few mos., and looks like April at the earliest.   
 1967/01/19 (#01)TLSfrom MertonOK April or any time. What is this about you not liking stuff you are putting out? To me it isYes  
 1967/01/19 (#02)TL[c]from MertonOK April or any time. What is this about you not liking stuff you are putting out? To me it isYes  
 1967/02/15 TLSfrom MertonWhat, you too! I just saw your secretary's letter of Jan 27th which got stuck in the envelope from   
 1967/02/17 TLSto MertonI had first my left shoulder &amp; then my right operated on for bursitis - in 1949 and 1951.   
 1967/02/28 TLSto MertonCalled the infirmary just after you'd left - sorry not to have had a chat. Faulkner &amp; Critics   
 1967/03/05 TALS[x]to FriendsThe last mimeographed letter is running out and there are still more than four weeks to go beforeYes [labeled "Lent 67" - circular letter mimeographed an send to many of Merton's friends - contains handwritten note by Merton to Ferry (note portion unpublished) - copied from photocopy at Dartmouth College]
 1967/03/14 (#01)TLSfrom MertonMany thanks for the chapter from Jim Douglass: Bonhoeffer-Gandhi. Very fine indeed. He is nowYes  
 1967/03/14 (#02)TL[c]from MertonMany thanks for the chapter from Jim Douglass: Bonhoeffer-Gandhi. Very fine indeed. He is nowYes  
 1967/03/22 (#01)TLSfrom MertonI keep forgetting to send off Seven Storey Mnt to Izzy Stone but will do it today. Thanks for   
 1967/03/22 (#02)TL[c]from MertonI keep forgetting to send off Seven Storey Mnt to Izzy Stone but will do it today. Thanks for   
 1967/03/24 TLSto MertonThree dozen thanks for the pictures just here; which I shall use in just the charitable way you   
 1967/03/28 TLSto MertonI'm having pictures made of your new concise zenpix &amp; will send them in a week at latest.   
 1967/04/01 TLSto MertonI'm trying for a visit some time around Monday 24 April. Would that fit your schedule? I'm leaving   
 1967/04/10 (#01)TLSfrom MertonGot your note the other day. I have midweek visitors this week and next, and will be taken upYes  
 1967/04/10 (#02)TL[c]from MertonGot your note the other day. I have midweek visitors this week and next, and will be taken upYes  
 1967/04/10 (#03)otherfrom Merton<u>STATEMENT ON CLERICAL CELIBACY</u> I am happy to accept the invitation to become an Advisor  [Merton's "Statement on Clerical Celibacy" for National Association for Pastoral Renewal - enclosed with 1967/04/10[1] letter]
 1967/04/11 (#01)TLSfrom MertonAnother letter: I just finished your excellent piece on Corporations (in the Hamilton Alumni Mag).Yes  
 1967/04/11 (#02)TL[c]from MertonAnother letter: I just finished your excellent piece on Corporations (in the Hamilton Alumni Mag).Yes  
 1967/04/12 TLSto MertonI cannot come as planned on April 24-25. It now looks, however, as if I can count on getting   
 1967/04/13 TALSto MertonYour note of 10 April about not coming to Kentucky until May 7 or thereafter arrived an hour or so   
 1967/04/14 TLSto MertonThanks for warming words about the Hamilton piece. Thought it a bit mushy myself. The Steiner   
 1967/04/15 HLS[x]from MertonHere are copies of a new poem. More if you like. And I am sending a special printing of a piece of  William Shannon transcription and copy of letter
 1967/04/15 (#01)HLSfrom MertonHere are copies of a new poem. More if you like. And I am sending a special printing of a piece   
 1967/04/15 (#02)otherfrom MertonA ROUND AND A HOPE FOR SMITHGIRLS [-] Children the time of angry Fathers [-] Is torn off the  [poem by Merton - enclosed with 1967/04/15[1] letter]
 1967/04/17 (#01)HLSfrom MertonCertainly May 9th fine. Will expect you. Let me know when - and shall I arrange for you to spend   
 1967/04/17 (#02)HLS[x]from MertonCertainly May 9th fine. Will expect you. Let me know when-& shall I arrange for you to spend the  William Shannon transcription and copy of letter
 1967/06/no? HPCSto MertonWe have Archb. Camera Helder [sic] on final program  [verso: color photo - view from the window of the Hotel Intercontinental in Geneva, Switzerland]
 1967/07/18 (#01)TLSfrom MertonThanks for your note: I was relieved, I thought something might have happened to you. It wasYes  
 1967/07/18 (#02)TL[c]from MertonThanks for your note: I was relieved, I thought something might have happened to you. It wasYes  
 1967/08/11 TLSfrom MertonThanks for the two recent letters and all the stuff, Ramparts etc. I was charmed with the little   
 1967/08/21 TALSto MertonYour bonbons are getting more varied &amp; nutritious &amp; full of crunchy goodness than ever.   
 1967/08/22 (#01)TLSfrom MertonA couple of hasty things. First I appreciate the fine article of Scheer from Ramparts on Egypt.Yes  
 1967/08/22 (#02)TL[c]from MertonA couple of hasty things. First I appreciate the fine article of Scheer from Ramparts on Egypt.Yes  
 1967/08/24 (#01)TLSfrom MertonMany thanks for the latest batch and the note. Sometime I'll give a detailed rundown on what I like   
 1967/08/24 (#02)TL[c]from MertonMany thanks for the latest batch and the note. Sometime I'll give a detailed rundown on what I like   
 1967/09/01 (#01)TALSto MertonYes, I'm a sponsor of NCNP thing in Chicago &amp; have been called coupla [sic] times to ask whether  [National Conference for New Politics (NCNP)]
 1967/09/01 (#02)other Delegates Open Battle at New Politics Parley [-] 2,000 From Diverse Radical Groups Hold Debates  [<u>Los Angeles Times</u> article from 1967/08/31 discussing National Conference for New Politics (NCNP) - enclosed with 1967/09/01 letter]
 1967/09/05 TLSfrom MertonThanks for your comments on Hot Summer. I have incorporated them or will incorporate them in newYes  
 1967/09/14 (#01)TALSfrom MertonThe David Jones <u>Agenda</u> is a real event and revelation. As I told you, I did not know himYes  
 1967/09/14 (#02)TL[c]from MertonThe David Jones <u>Agenda</u> is a real event and revelation. As I told you, I did not know himYes  
 1967/09/18 TLto MertonThe tape is marvelous! I have sinned &amp; taken a copy without your permission but will not let it   
 1967/09/24 (#01)TALSfrom MertonI am so glad you liked the tape. Perfectly ok for you to make copy. Right now I don't haveYes  
 1967/09/24 (#02)TL[c]from MertonI am so glad you liked the tape. Perfectly ok for you to make copy. Right now I don't haveYes  
 1967/09/26 (#01)TLSfrom MertonThe books arrived yesterday. It is sheer joy to get back into Finnegan's Wake again after all theseYes  
 1967/09/26 (#02)TL[c]from MertonThe books arrived yesterday. It is sheer joy to get back into Finnegan's Wake again after all theseYes  
 1967/09/27 HLSfrom MertonGot a bright idea. As I go on with the <u>Geography of Lograire</u> I could make tapes while it isYes  
 1967/10/05 TALto MertonSeveral matters before I take off for a short vacation in New Mexico: First, could I visit you Nov.   
 1967/10/19 HNS[x]from MertonFine. Nov. 10. I will be expecting you - let me know the time in due course.  [copied from photocopy at Dartmouth College]
 1967/10/20 (#01)TLSfrom MertonThe Stanford talk is simply terrific. Best thing on the subject I have seen anywhere. I agree   
 1967/10/20 (#02)TL[c]from MertonThe Stanford talk is simply terrific. Best thing on the subject I have seen anywhere. I agree   
 1967/10/23? TALS[x]from MertonJust finished a possible discussion piece. About the Zapotec civilization of Mexico, 1400 yrs  [copied from photocopy at Dartmouth College]
 1967/11/06 TLSto MertonHerewith the check for your contribution to our Convocation pamphlet on PIT. Should it have been   
 1967/11/27 TLSto MertonCheck as promised enclosed. Pls. send, mentioning no names. Did you get H. Welch's   
 1967/11/30 TALSto MertonJust getting off to another day of lecturing in Los Angeles. Wrong description, wrong word.   
 1967/12/01 (#01)TLSfrom MertonI am just sending off the benefaction to Bob Lax. He will be very happy. Did I say he is comingYes  
 1967/12/01 (#02)TL[c]from MertonI am just sending off the benefaction to Bob Lax. He will be very happy. Did I say he is comingYes  
 1967/12/21 (#01)TALSfrom MertonJust a quick note in the massive confusion of Christmas when I no longer know which end is up.Yes  
 1967/12/21 (#02)TL[x]from MertonMY CAMPAIGN PLATFORM [-] for non-Abbot and permanent keeper of present doghouse.Yes [enclosed with 1967/12/21[1] letter from Merton to Ferry - see Section E.1 of the classification under "My campaign platform for non-Abbot and permanent keeper of present doghouse" for a carbon and annotated mimeograph of this statement]
 1967/12/26 (#01)TLSfrom MertonChristmas rush: I hope over. Nice bright sun, I want to get out into the woods, just a few hastyYes  
 1967/12/26 (#02)TL[c]from MertonChristmas rush: I hope over. Nice bright sun, I want to get out into the woods, just a few hastyYes  
 1968/01/10 (#01)HLSfrom MertonI forget if I answered your note about possibility of coming later - I'm free during month of   
 1968/01/10 (#02)HLS[x]from MertonI forget if I answered your note about possibility of coming later - I'm free during most of  William Shannon transcription and copy of letter
 1968/01/25 TALSfrom MertonThanks for letter from plane: good rundown on Black self determination. I agree-- and I for one amYes  
 1968/01/29 TALSto MertonGlad to have the good report on the Carlson shipment: first report I've had from A Subscriber yet.   
 1968/02/21 (#01)TL[c]from MertonJ. Laughlin was down lately and we had a good visit, got a lot done with the Literary Trust and withYes  
 1968/02/21 (#01)TLS[x]from MertonJ. Laughlin was down lately and we had a good visit, got a lot done with the Literary Trust and withYes  
 1968/02/21 (#03)TL[c]from MertonEnclosed is a file of documents about a young man that I believe you will be interested in knowingYes  
 1968/02/28 TALSto MertonI'm prodding Teo &amp; Brilliant on Lax*Merton, glad that you sent a Xerox to support all my blurbs   
 1968/03/05 TLto Mertoni. Your Goulet package here &amp; sent to our Competent Authorities. I'll let you or him know   
 1968/03/12 TALSto MertonI realize that you may be more or less out of business for a few weeks. But I just wanted you   
 1968/03/14 TLSfrom MertonYour letter says "Friday or Saturday April 22 or 23" but when I look at my executive datebook   
 1968/03/20 TLSfrom MertonFine, April is great. I'll put down April 27th as Saturday is best for me. I'll hope Jim can bringYes  
 1968/03/22 TLSto MertonMONKS POND IS GREAT. MAY I HAVE 15 COPIES? I ALREADY REQUESTED THAT NUMBER,   
 1968/03/23 TALSto MertonThis is the anniversary of The Triple Revolution. I can't think what shd. be made of it. So I'm   
 1968/03/25 (#01)HLSfrom MertonFine to come April 26. Look forward to seeing you some time in the AM and Jim can get you following   
 1968/03/25 (#02)HLS[x]from MertonFine to come April 26. Look forward to seeing you some time in the A.M. and Jim can get you  William Shannon transcription and copy of letter
 1968/04/08 TALSfrom MertonPlease let me know if you don't get a total of 15 MPOND along the way. I have sent them out in bits   
 1968/05/06 HPCSfrom MertonI must admit that drinking champagne over an entirely invisible South Dakota is something I findYes [verso: color photo of a United Air Lines jet in air over a city]
 1968/05/24 (#01)HLSfrom MertonNew Monks Pond just out. Here (over) is a spot on the Cal. shore I am in love with.Yes [letter written on the back of a black and white photo of a beach on the California coast - another photo depicts a piece of drift wood]
 1968/05/24 (#02)HLS[x]from MertonNew Monks Pond just out. Here is a spot on the Cal. Shore I was in love with certainly do hope to  copies of Merton handwritten note with William Shannon's notes / also copy of postcard (1968/05/06) and typed note (1968/04/03)
 1968/05/29 HLSto MertonCan I get an extra supply of Monks Pond II? I'll send some cash if need be.   
 1968/06/01 (#01)HLSfrom Merton8 copies of the new Pond are on their way. I'm also sending to Dan Devereux. I miss Cal. and NewYes  
 1968/06/01 (#02)HLS[x]from Merton8 copies of the new Pond are on their way. I'm also sending to Jon Devereax. I miss Cal and New  copies of 06/01 and 06/0 letters with William Shannon's notes
 1968/06/03 (#01)TLSto MertonYou were nice enough to send me 15 copies of MPOND I. Not I have a single copy of II. I relayed   
 1968/06/03 (#02)TLS[x]from Golovin, N. E.Thank you for your note of 5/14 and the attached paper by Thomas Merton, "The Wild Places".  N. E. Golovin was from the Executive Office of the President, Office of Science and Technology in Washington, D.C.
 1968/06/04 HLSto MertonDon't bother to answer my letter of yesterday, about MP II, who got and didn't -   
 1968/06/06 HLSfrom MertonThe first (single) Mpond was because I had only sorted a few. Then I sent 5, and am now sending 5Yes  
 1968/06/16 (#01)TLSfrom MertonWell, I really do take seriously the idea of exploring the Pacific Coast with you. There is noYes  
 1968/06/16 (#02)TL[c]from MertonWell, I really do take seriously the idea of exploring the Pacific Coast with you.Yes  
 1968/07/02 TLSfrom MertonWho's this great not over 12 poet Rod McKuen? I'd like to use his two poems in either iii or iv,   
 1968/07/08 (#01)HPCSto MertonSpent the day yesterday with Aelred and his group and am going over again  [verso: color photo of "Ghost Ranch [-] Abiquiu, New Mexico [-] Owned and Operated by THE BOARD OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION [-] UNITED PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, U.S.A.]
 1968/07/08 (#02)HLSfrom MertonThinking of you at Ghost Ranch. Plans are maturing for my Asian Trip - Japan, Indonesia, Thailand.Yes  
 1968/07/08 (#03)HLS[x]from MertonThinking of you at Ghost Ranch. Plans are maturing for my Asian Trip - Japan, Indonesia,  copy of letter with notes by William Shannon
 1968/07/11 TLSfrom MertonMany thanks for the card from Ghost Ranch. You probably by now have my scrawl that I will go soonerYes  
 1968/07/16 TLSto MertonJust back, busy time but full of pleasant interludes, at Trappist Snowmass, Aelred's retreat, etc.   
 1968/07/20 (#01)TALSfrom MertonFine, I think things are clear enough now to begin to plan something for October. Let's supposeYes  
 1968/07/20 (#02)TL[c]from MertonFine, I think things are clear enough now to begin to plan something for October. Let's supposeYes  
 1968/07/22 (#01)HLSfrom MertonHere we go again - moving it up another couple of weeks. I have to fly to Asia Oct 17Yes  
 1968/07/22 (#02)HLS[x]from MertonHere we go again - moving it up another couple of weeks. I have to fly to Asia Oct 17- & participate  copy of letter with William Shannon's notes
 1968/07/24 TLSto MertonYrs. of 20th and 22d arrived same mail just now. Yes, all set. October 1-11 or 12 will be fine,   
 1968/07/28 (#01)TLSfrom MertonGreat! Will fly to Santa Barbara I hope on Sept 30 and will let you know when my flying saucerYes  
 1968/07/28 (#02)TNS[x]from MertonHere is the Geo. ms which I hope to have typed by the time I leave for Asia. Need one carbon,Yes  
 1968/08/02 TLSto MertonOur Mrs. Karam has engaged to type Logr., beginning this weekend, and will have for you by the end   
 1968/08/06 TLSfrom MertonVery glad Jo will come and I think Rogue River is a great idea. The further north we get the betterYes  
 1968/09/04 TLSfrom MertonGood idea about having people in for a drink. I sure wouldn't want to trek around all those houses.Yes  
 1968/09/06 TLSfrom MertonThere will come some mail for me there probably between now and 30th. This will includeYes  
 1968/09/11 HPCSfrom MertonOff to the races! First stop New Mexico -  [verso: color photo of a Trans World Airlines (TWA) jet in the air]
 1968/09/25 HLSfrom MertonI am due to arrive in Santa Barbara on United flight 899 at <u>10 a.m. October 3rd</u>. All set.Yes  
 1968/09/26 TALSfrom MertonYour note of the 24 just reached me here in the Chancery Office of the Archdiocese of AnchorageYes  
 1968/09/no? TCSfrom Mertonthanks for everything recent. OK false deceptive twelve yr old Rod McKuen is out (now that I think  [verso: black and white photo of the wooden cross outside Merton's hermitage]
 1968/10/15 HPCSfrom MertonAm all ready to take off. Recommend a fine French restaurant - <u>La Mirabelle</u> around corner  [postcard of the "Edelweiss Bathroom" - "Sound of Music" themed bathroom at the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo, California]
 1968/10/28 HPCSfrom MertonCalcutta was busy- depressing- starved. Everybody should have to see that city! Delhi much better.Yes [verso: color photo of the Jama Masjid, Delhi, "mosque built by Shah Jahan"]
 1968/11/11 HLSfrom MertonHastily sending back the manuscript which I only received today. Hope changes are OK.Yes  
 1968/12/05 (#01)HPCSfrom MertonMoney OK - no need of loan. Thanks for letter and clips that were waiting here today. I am settingYes [verso: color picture of Haw Par Villa - Singapore - Tiger Balm Gardens]
 1968/12/05 (#02)HCS[x]from MertonThanks for letter [ . .] That were waiting here today. [ . .] Sitting down with a fine big bottle  copy of post card with notes by William Shannon
 1968/12/11 TN[x]to Staff - Center for the Study of Dem. Inst.We have just learned through Mr. Ferry, who heard of it from the Abbot of Gethsemani,  announcement of Merton's death from Ferry to staff of Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions
 1968/12/15 TALS[x]from Stier, VictorI've been meaning to drop you a line for a long time, mostly to tell you that I've finally finished  [from Victor Stier of the American Embassy in Colombo, Ceylon, to W. H. Ferry] reflections on Thomas Merton and his Asian journey after his death
 1969/01/30 TL[x]to Hart, PatrickAgain gratitude in large portions for your kind letter and especially for the marvelous picture of   
 1972/06/02 TLS[x]from Genns, W. T.I have examined and checked the letters and cards of Father Thomas Merton to Dr. W. H. Ferry which   
 1972/06/03 TLS[x]to Ford, John J.Thank you for your kind letters. As you know from his communication of 22 May, Mr. Laughlin and I   
 1972/06/06 TLS[x]to Ford, John J.I am making by means of this letter a gift to the Merton Literary Trust of all the holograph letters   
 1974/11/09 TLSto Center from Ferry, W. H.Some time ago I sent all the holographic letters I had from Tom to the Merton Collection, I guess   
 1983/08/20 TLS[x] from Shannon, William / to W. H. FerryI am sure you will not mind my addressing you as "Ping". After all the "Dear Ping" letters of  seeking contacts in England, etc.
 1983/08/26 TLS from Ferry, W. H. / to William H. ShannonI'm responding to your pleasant note at once because I'm just back from philosophizing at Montreal &  sharing addresses with W. H. Shannon
 1984/01/10 TLS[x] from Shannon, William / to W.H. FerryIT'S GREAT! I just love your LETTERS FROM TOM. Everything about it - the layout, the type, the  seeking information
 1984/05/15 TLS[x] from Shannon, William / to W.H. FerryMany thanks for sending on the article about Cardenal which I had not seen and also the 2nd volume  wrapping up the letters project / Ferry correspondence is 2nd longest (85 pgs.) / Jim Forest is longest (102 pgs.)
 2001/06/25 TLSto Center from Weeren, John S.Thank you for your inquiry concerning the Wilbur Hugh Ferry Papers. We hold a small collection of   
 undated/04/13 HNSfrom MertonIf you <u>cannot</u> come later in the summer, then lets make it April 24. But if you foresee   
 undated/05/28 HNSfrom MertonI forget which of these poems has been sent to you and which not. Copies available of any you may   
 undated/10/05 HNSfrom MertonI am appalled at the price of   
 undated/10/15 HNSfrom MertonThis is what I was referring to in the Wells [sp?] Newsletter. I forgot to use the real title.   
 undated/10/24 HNSfrom MertonIt would be fine if you came Oct 31 and stayed through the 1st. Hope you will be able to make it -   
 undated/12/no? HNSfrom MertonI am just getting to the part of Ellul where he speaks of the controlled "ecstatic" quality of   
 undated/no/no other Associated Press [-] POINT OF NO RETURN-Lee Ying, only 19, has to go home again. That's Red China  [undated news clipping - photo of crying Chinese refugee in Hong Kong]
 undated/no/no other I visited Wilbur H. Ferry at his home in Scarsdale, New York on the 11th of August, 1983. Though my  brief biography and thoughts on the friendship between Merton and W.H. Ferry / also footnote to letter of 1964/03/23
 undated/no/no other One of the most important books of our troubled times [-] A perfect manual for everyone working for  [pamphlet for the book <i>Breakthrough to Peace</i> with introduction by Merton]
 undated/no/no HNSfrom MertonThanks Ping - good book, but we can't keep it here - not space. Tom   
 undated/no/no HNSfrom MertonVery sorry to hear of your trouble. Come if and when you can - we will expect you until it is clear   
        

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