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Merton's Correspondence with:

Leslie Dewart

Dewart, Leslie, 1922-  printer


Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence
Dates of materials: 1962-1968
Volume: 21 item(s); 40 pg(s)

Scope and Content


Professor Leslie Dewart was born in Spain, raised in Cuba, and moved to Canada in 1942 to serve as pilot in the Royal Canadian Air Force. He later spent a long career in the philosophy and religion departments of St. Michael's College at the University of Toronto. His writings blended religion. law and language studies. At the time of correspondence with Merton, he was writing a book called Christianity and Revolution: The Lesson of Cuba, which studied the connection between the Catholic Church and the Cuban Revolution (source: Witness to Freedom, p. 282).

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Related Information and Links

See also Cold War Letter #103 and other letters from Merton to Dewart published in Witness to Freedom, pp. 282-299; and see also Dewart's book Christianity and Revolution: The Lesson of Cuba.

Series List

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Container List

#DateFrom/ToFirst LinesPub ✓Notes
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1. 1962/08/31 TALS to Merton I have received your letter of August 27, and I must tell you in the very first place how grateful I «detailed view»
2. 1962/09/17 TLS to Merton I have read your Peace in the post-Christian era. I intend to read it again, more leisurely, «detailed view»
3. 1962/09/no? transcript from Merton Thanks for your letters and for the articles, which are excellent. First I read the one [Cold War Letters #103 - copy from published letters] «detailed view»
4. 1963/03/29 TLS to Merton I am very grateful to you for the Cold War Letters. George Lawler referred vaguely in his last «detailed view»
5. 1963/04/23 TLS to Merton If I remember correctly, the last time I wrote you I was in rather a depressed mood. I hope I did [includes "Table of Contents" from Dewart's book Christianity and Revolution: The Lesson of Cuba - asks for a title for Merton's contribution] «detailed view»
6. 1963/04/27 TAL[c] from Merton Thanks for the new letter, and I have just reread the former one. I will answer both, and they are «detailed view»
7. 1963/05/10 TAL[c] from Merton Your manuscript has arrived and I am about half way through it. The book is terrific. You are very «detailed view»
8. 1963/06/28 TAL[c] from Merton This Appendix is great, and really packs a wallop. I think we really should do what we can to get «detailed view»
9. 1963/06/no? transcript from Merton Your manuscript on the Cuban revolution and on the ambivalence, hesitations, and withdrawal [copy from published letters - see also, "Letter to Leslie Dewart on the Church and revolution" in Sub-Section E.1] «detailed view»
10. 1963/08/11 TAL[c] from Merton The decision of the publisher to keep the appendix out of the book may perhaps in the long run be «detailed view»
11. 1964/02/20 TLS to Merton When I received your post card of a few days ago I had already had your name inscribed, from several «detailed view»
12. 1964/04/09 TLS to Merton There's a priest in California with whom I've been in touch recently and who, I believe, is likely Fr. William DuBay «detailed view»
13. 1964/04/24 TAL[c] from Merton Thanks for your two letters. I note with my habitual and unreformed malaise that the long one «detailed view»
14. 1964/06/01 TLS to Merton Thank you very much for your note of last Friday enquiring about Arevalo's book. I don't own a copy «detailed view»
15. 1964/06/10 TAL[c] from Merton Thanks for your letter. I will be looking forward to the Arevalo book. I am sorry to hear about «detailed view»
16. 1964/09/23 TAL[c] from Merton Thanks for the letter. It was good to hear from you again, and I was interested in the Cuba trip. «detailed view»
17. 1965/02/04 TLS to Merton It's been some time since I last wrote you. I've been in rather poor health all fall and winter «detailed view»
18. 1965/02/16 TLS to Merton I just received a call from my CBC producer friend who is interested in interviewing you «detailed view»
19. 1968/04/12 TAL[c] from Merton I have very much enjoyed your article in the Winter Continuum on "Metaphysics «detailed view»
20. 1968/05/02 TLS to Merton Thank you very much for your long letter and your remarks. The Continuum article is actually «detailed view»
21. 1968/05/06 TLS to Merton I meant to ask you in my letter of last week whether you would mind very much once you have finished «detailed view»

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