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Merton's Correspondence with:

Fr. Bruno Scott James; Fr. Bruno S. James; Fr. Bruno James

James, Bruno Scott, Msgr., 1906-1984  printer


Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence
Dates of materials: 1949-1966
Volume: 15 item(s); 27 pg(s)

Scope and Content


Fr. Bruno Scott James (later Monsignor) was a Catholic priest from England who asked Merton's help in putting together a book of translations of The Letters of St. Bernard of Clairvaux. Inspired by a book by Morris West about Don Mario Borelli in the slums of Naples, James moves to Naples in the early sixties to found John Henry Newman College, which served as a residence for students at the University of Naples. After writing other books on Bernard of Clairvaux and on prayer, James wrote an autobiography entitled Asking for Trouble in 1962.

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Related Information and Links

See also one published letter from Merton to James in The School of Charity, pp. 137-138; and see also the Bruno Scott James Papers at Georgetown University ‹›.

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. 1949/08/23 TALS to Merton I hate to break your solitude and peace with a letter, especially as I am sure you are getting «detailed view»
2. 1949/09/29 TALS to Merton Under normal circumstances I should feel very diffident at writing so often to one buried with «detailed view»
3. 1953/09/14 HPCS to Merton Greetings. I have just met Dom James Fox, and took the opportunity of telling him what enormous [verso: black and white photograph of the interior of the church at the Abbey of Fontenay in France] «detailed view»
4. 1960/09/18 TALS to Merton Your kind message has arrived by that good man Eugene Exman of Harpers Brothers and it fell upon «detailed view»
5. 1960/10/01 TAL[c] from Merton It was awfully good to get your letter, and Eugene Exman sent me your news to him about the trip «detailed view»
6. 1960/10/05 TALS to Merton Perhaps because we are so close (I do not know) but I did feel from your letter that you were «detailed view»
7. 1962/12/08 TLS to Merton You will see from our address that we have done it! We have rented from the Jesuits a wonderful «detailed view»
8. 1962/12/14 TLS to Merton You cannot imagine the joy your book has given me. It has come from you and ofr [sic] that reason «detailed view»
9. 1963/01/16 TALS to Merton I am venturing to disturb your solitude with a letter to which I would like an answer, on which «detailed view»
10. 1963/01/26 TL[c] from Merton Thank you for, I think, three letters that are waiting for answers. I can at least try to get a few «detailed view»
11. 1965/03/10 TALS to Merton It is a long time since I last wrote to you. Now I am writing with some news that you may find «detailed view»
12. 1965/03/21 TL[c] from Merton Thanks for your letter. It was good to hear from you after a long time. I am afraid that I am «detailed view»
13. 1965/03/27 HLS to Merton If you succeed in restoring the eremitic life you will have achieved enough for a life-time. «detailed view»
14. 1966/11/01 TALS to Merton I have just been reading an article written on you in the Italian monthly "Humanitas". The article «detailed view»
15. 1966/11/08 TL[c] from Merton Thanks for your letter which, as always, is interesting and challenging at the same time. «detailed view»

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