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Merton's Correspondence with:

Fr. Aelred Squire

Squire, Aelred, Fr., O.P.  printer


Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence
Dates of materials: 1967
Volume: 8 item(s); 12 pg(s)

Scope and Content

Dom Jean Leclercq, Merton's friend and Benedictine monk from Luxembourg, told Merton about a book on Aelred of Rievaulx written by Fr. Aelred Squire. Squire had been a harsh critic of Merton's earlier books. Merton told Leclercq of his interest in writing a preface for Squire's book on Aelred of Rievaulx to the surprise of Squire. The correspondence is primarily focused on discussions of the eremitical life and the publication of Squire's book. Naomi Burton Stone was not able to get it published with Doubleday. However, the book was eventually published.


Fr. Aelred Squire was a Dominican priest from England. While writing to Merton, he lived as a hermit at St. Vith, Belgium. Later in life, he joined the Camaldolese in Big Sur, California.

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Related Information and Links

See also the "Leclercq, Jean" file for letters between Squire and Leclercq; see also the "Dumont, Charles" file for references to Squire; and see also published letters from Merton to Squire in The School of Charity, pp. 310-311 and 348-349.

Series List

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

Container List

#DateFrom/ToFirst LinesPub ✓Notes
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1. 1966/08/02 TLS to Merton I was deeply touched on meeting the good Dom Leclercq on Thursday to learn that you had offered «detailed view»
2. 1966/08/29 TAL[c] from Merton Many thanks for your kind and amusing letter: I did not remember you as a critic, but then I have «detailed view»
3. 1966/10/01 TLS to Merton How kind your letter was. I am only writing at this point because I am leaving for England after «detailed view»
4. 1966/11/15 (#01) TLS to Merton Your long silence makes me begin to fear that my unfortunate book is now going slowly through «detailed view»
5. 1966/11/15 (#02) TLS to Merton I hope you are going to forgive me for writing again. If I, who am virtually unknown, find that the «detailed view»
6. 1967/01/12 TL[c] from Merton First of all, happy feast day. At least it is your day in our calendar and I shall offer Mass «detailed view»
7. 1967/08/15 TLS to Merton If, by chance you have had a word with Naomi Burton, you will understand my long silence in what has «detailed view»
8. 1967/09/25 TL[c] from Merton I am sorry I have taken so long to answer your letter. Obviously it stirs me deeply, because I can «detailed view»

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