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Merton's Correspondence with:

Stephen D. James; Stephen James

James, Stephen D.  printer


Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence
Dates of materials: 1962-1963, 1971
Volume: 8 item(s); 13 pg(s)

Scope and Content


Stephen James was founder and President of the Peace Hostage Exchange Foundation, headquartered in New York. The idea was to send delegations from the United States to strategic targets in the Soviet Union and vice versa. The hope was to get some prominent individuals, like Merton or Robert Kennedy, to go over and to get Premier Krushchev's family and others to come here in exchange.

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Related Information and Links

See published letters from Merton to James in Witness to Freedom, pp. 86-87. See also a response regarding the Peace Hostage Exchange Foundation in the "Gendler, Everett, Rabbi" file.

Series List

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

Container List

#DateFrom/ToFirst LinesPub ✓Notes
 y/m/dMerton Scan ✉ 
1. 1962/11/18 TLS to Merton By a nightly vigil at our typewriters and telephone for ten months following our decisions that «detailed view»
2. 1962/11/30 (#01) TL[c] from Merton Your letter was no surprise to me and I am already familiar with the Peace Hostage Foundation. «detailed view»
3. 1962/11/30 (#02) TLS[x] from Merton So as far as I am concerned, within these limitations you have my wholehearted support, [same letter as previous record - copy of signed second page only] «detailed view»
4. 1962/12/09 TL[x] to Merton I am deeply grateful for your quick response of November 30th to my letter of November 18th... «detailed view»
5. 1963/02/12 (#01) TL[c] from Merton Forgive me for not answering your two letters sooner. I feel guilty in alleging that I am «detailed view»
6. 1963/02/12 (#02) TLS[x] from Merton Forgive me for not answering your two letters sooner. I feel guilty in alleging that I am «detailed view»
7. 1971/03/09 TLS[x] to Center from James, Stephen Here is the correspondence we discussed (enclosed). Let me thank you again for your kindness «detailed view»
8. 1971/06/16 TL[x] from Center to James, Stephen Naomi Burton Stone has sent me the copies of Thomas Merton's letters to you that you had sent her. «detailed view»

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