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Merton's Correspondence with:

Elsie M. Ryan; Elsie Ryan

Ryan, Elsie M.  printer


Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence
Dates of materials: 1964, 1968
Volume: 4 item(s); 5 pg(s)

Scope and Content

Merton and Elsie Ryan had been in contact before this, and Merton had sent her some of his poems and a list of his books. The letter from 1964, seemingly from Elsie Ryan (addressed "Mrs. Ryan"), responds to Ryan's dismay at some of the difficulties in adjusting to the liturgical reforms of the Second Vatican Council. In 1968, she sends a newspaper clipping to Merton from the Christchurch Press concerning the Wahine Disaster. The Wahine, a ferry, sank between New Zealand's largest islands killing Merton's Aunt Kit (Agnes Gertrude Stonehewer Merton). The article mistakenly cited Thomas Merton as her brother instead of nephew, prompting Ryan's condolences for his "sister".


Elsie M. Ryan was from Blenheim, New Zealand.

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Related Information and Links

See also one published letter from Merton to Ryan in The Road to Joy, p. 86; see also the "Merton, Agnes Gertrude Stonehewer" and the "Nivard, M." files.

Series List

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

Container List

#DateFrom/ToFirst LinesPub ✓Notes
 y/m/dMerton Scan ✉ 
1. 1964/11/14 (#01) TLS from Merton Your letter did not surprise me. I am sure that very many people like yourself are going to find «detailed view»
2. 1964/11/14 (#02) TL[c] from Merton Your letter did not surprise me. I am sure that very many people like yourself are going to find «detailed view»
3. 1968/04/23 HLS to Merton We are very sad that your sister should have lost her life in such a tragic way - but although «detailed view»
4. 1968/04/28 TL[c] from Merton Your letter reached me yesterday, with enclosed clipping. I had barely heard of the Wahine disaster «detailed view»

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