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Merton's Correspondence with:

Charles Stanley Thompson; Charles Thompson; Charles S. Thompson; Thompson, Charles S.

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Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence
Dates of materials: 1961-1964, 1984-1985
Volume: 17 item(s); 22 pg(s)

Scope and Content

Merton writes to subscribe to Pax Bulletin and begins corresponding with Thompson about the peace movement and opposition to nuclear proliferation.


Charles Stanley Thompson worked for the British National Heath Service. He converted to Catholicism in 1954. He became involved in a peace organization called the Pax Society, which later allied with the Pax Christi International movement. Thompson served as bulletin editor for the British society's Pax Bulletin from 1956-1963. He was also chairperson until 1971. (Source: The Hidden Ground of Love, p. 571.)

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Related Information and Links

See also Cold War Letters #106 and other published letters from Merton to Thompson in The Hidden Ground of Love, pp. 571-575.

Series List

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#DateFrom/ToFirst LinesPub ✓Notes
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1. 1961/11/08 TLS[x] from Merton I am enclosing a check for five dollars, to cover the following: Two years' subscription to Pax «detailed view»
2. 1961/11/18 TL[x] to Merton I should like you to know how glad we were to hear from you recently and to know of your support «detailed view»
3. 1961/11/27 HLS[x] from Merton Thanks for your good letter. I am glad you will reprint bits of the October CW. article. «detailed view»
4. 1962/01/21 TL[x] to Merton I was very glad to have your letter of 27th November and must apologize for not having replied «detailed view»
5. 1962/03/17 TALS[x] from Merton Thank you for your letter which has waited for a reply for some weeks. I should have written to you «detailed view»
6. 1962/07/14 TALS to Merton Thank you very much for sending me your book on "Peace in the Post-Christian Era" which arrived «detailed view»
7. 1962/07/19 TALS[x] from Merton Unfortunately the Peace Book has been forbidden by my higher Superiors. Hence none of it can «detailed view»
8. 1962/09/22 TLS to Merton I am very sorry not to have written earlier, especially as you were so kind to reply at once to my «detailed view»
9. 1962/09/27 (#01) TAL[c] from Merton It is true that PAX can certainly be considered a "small publication". At the same time I don't [Cold War Letters #106] «detailed view»
10. 1962/09/27 (#02) transcript from Merton I may think up a more expanded message later for the Spode House meeting, but if I do not get [Cold War Letters #106 - transcript from bound set] «detailed view»
11. 1964/01/03 TAL[x] to U.S. Bishops I have been asked to write to you on behalf of those present at the PAX autumn conference at Spode [enclosed is a copy of resolution adopted at annual conference of PAX in October of 1963 - handwritten note on the letter - "(Sent to all Bishops in this country)"] «detailed view»
12. 1964/01/10 HLS[x] from Merton Thanks for sending me the resolution that went out to the Bishops. I hope you have received a good «detailed view»
13. 1984/06/14 TLS  from Flessati, Valerie / to William Shannon I have been given your name by Mrs Magdalen Goffin because in the course of some recent study into [enclosed: copies of letters between Merton and Charles Thompson] «detailed view»
14. 1984/08/31 TLS[x]  from Shannon, William / to Valerie Flessati I write this on the last day of August so as to ease my conscience by thinking that another month thanks for letters «detailed view»
15. 1984/11/02 TLS  from Flessati, Valerie / to William Shannon Very good to hear from you that you may be able to include Merton's letters to PAX in the [enclosed: small biography, invitation to visit while in England / request for letter of 1962/09/27] «detailed view»
16. 1984/11/05 TLS[x]  from Shannon, William / to Robert Giroux I enclose the letters of Charles Thompson who was editor of Pax Bulletin, the publication of the sending letters to Farrar Straus and Co. / hoping they can be included «detailed view»
17. 1985/10/08 TLS  from Thompson, Charles / to William Shannon Thank you so much for your letter and for sending the Merton letters so quickly to my daughter. She [enclosed a letter from Merton] spoke of PAX efforts «detailed view»

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