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Merton's Correspondence with:

Dom Frederic Dunne; Abbot Frederic Dunne

Dunne, Frederic, Dom, O.C.S.O., 1874-1948  printer


Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence
Dates of materials: 1941-1944; 1948
Volume: 8 item(s); 12 pg(s)

Scope and Content


Dom Frederic Dunne was abbot of the Abbey of Gethsemani in Merton's early years at the monastery.

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Related Information and Links

See published letters from Merton to Dunne in The School of Charity, pp. 3-11; and see also one letter from Dunne to the publishers at New Directions in the "Laughlin, James" file.

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. 1941/05/01 TLS[x] from Merton You must undoubtedly have received hundreds of letters like the one which I amabout [sic] to write, «detailed view»
2. 1942/01/02 HLS[x] from Merton At the suggestion of my Father Master, I am writing out for you this outline of the main facts of my «detailed view»
3. 1944/02/17 other[x]   I, Thomas James Merton, in religion frater M. Louis, formerly of St. Bonaventure, State of New York, [Merton's last will and testiment covering his three years of simple vows (temporary vows), see also "Monastic File" folder in Section A, and "Memo: Concerning My Will and Testament" in Sub-Section E.1] «detailed view»
4. 1944/03/06 HLS[x] from Merton As our profession is drawing close, I suppose I ought to have something to say for myself «detailed view»
5. 1948/01/23 TLS[x] to Laughlin, James We have your card with notice that A MAN IN A DIVIDED SEA is out of print. [A Man in the Divided Sea] «detailed view»
6. 1948/07/15 TLS from Berning, Joseph We have given our close attention to the letter received from Fr. M. Louis under date of the 16th Merton's book, The Spirit of Simplicity «detailed view»
7. undated/no/no HLS[x] from Merton As the end of my novitiate approaches, I wish to put on record my sincere desire and determination [from a photocopy in the Michael Mott collection at Northwestern - likely original is in Gethsemani Abbey archives] «detailed view»
8. undated/no/no HNS[x] from Merton As you will probably have many notes to read tomorrow I am sending St Lutgard to wish you [note written to Dunne on the bottom of a black and white brush painted portrait of St. Lutgard - likely painted around 1946 or 1947 during the writing of What Are These Wounds] «detailed view»

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