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Walsh, Daniel, Fr., 1907-1975


Series 1, Daniel Walsh Correspondence with Thomas Merton


Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence
Dates of materials: 1939-1968
Volume: 101 item(s); 127 pg(s)

Scope and Content

Biography

Daniel Walsh was a life-long educator and one of the most influential professors on Merton's life. After earning a doctorate at University of Toronto alongside Étienne Gilson, Walsh became professor at Manhattanville College in New York from 1934-1960.

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See also the "Skakel, Ann Brannack" and "Gilson, Étienne" files additional letters; and see also published letters from Merton to Walsh in

Series List

Series NumberSeries NameTotal Records
1 Daniel Walsh Correspondence with Thomas Merton 79
2 Lists of Materials Donated to the Thomas Merton Collection at Bellarmine College 15
3 Newspaper Clippings Concerning Walsh 7

Container List

Series#DateFrom/ToFirst LinesPubNotes
Series 1 #1.
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1939/12/05 TLS  from Faust, Mathias / to Merton Many thanks for your kind letter of recommendation of Thomas Merton addressed to Very Rev. Fr. [from Fr. Mathias Faust, O.F.M., Provincial Custos of the Franciscan Fathers, Province of the Most Holy Name in New York City] «detailed view»
Series 1 #2.
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1949/02/21 TALS to Merton This letter is long over-due. In fact it was begun almost every day since the beginning of last «detailed view»
Series 1 #3.
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1949/02/24 TLS from Merton Many thanks for your beautiful letter. I am sorry this Boston College exhibition has grown to such [no year listed - dated "Feast of St Mathias"] «detailed view»
Series 1 #4.
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1949/06/03 TLS to Merton Being back in New York is like waking up after a wonderful dream but unlike the usual dream, it is «detailed view»
Series 1 #5.
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1949/09/03 (#01) TL from Merton Many thanks for your beautiful feast-day letter and all that it contained. I am sorry that my «detailed view»
Series 1 #6.
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1949/09/03 (#02) TL from Merton [see "Skakel, Ann Brannack" file - partial (faded) scan from web auction - not original - see 2004/05/27 letter from the "Skakel, Ann Brannack" file] «detailed view»
Series 1 #7.
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1951/08/29 TLS from Merton Here are a couple of items that arrived in the main for you since your departure. I do not know if «detailed view»
Series 1 #8.
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1953/02/05 TLS[x] to Skakel, Ann I just returned from a luncheon date with Bob Giroux - we celebrated the publication of [see "Skakel, Ann Brannack" file - full page scan from web auction - not original - see 2004/05/27 letter from "Skakel, Ann Brannack" file] «detailed view»
Series 1 #9.
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1960/04/23 TLS from Merton Father Abbot has told me something of your illness and I am very sorry to hear about it. «detailed view»
Series 1 #10.
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1960/11/01 (#01) HNS from Merton I thought you would want to see this heartbreaking letter from Jacques Maritain. «detailed view»
Series 1 #11.
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1960/11/01 (#02) HNS[x] to O'Callaghan, Tommie Just a note to thank you for your generous letter. [see "O'Callaghan, Tommie" file, letter n.d.[09], for a clearer copy of this letter from Walsh to O'Callaghan - Merton sends Walsh a letter from Jacques Maritain concerning the death of Raissa Maritain - Walsh writes and forwards the letter to O'Callaghan (forwarded probably much later than 1960)] «detailed view»
Series 1 #12.
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1960/11/01 (#03) HLS[x] to O'Callaghan, Tommie Just a note to thank you for your generous letter. I was sure you would appreciate having [letter, sent later than 1960, accompanying the a note from Merton to Walsh and a letter from Jacques Maritain to Merton - letter from Maritain not extant - Thomasine (Tommie) O'Callaghan was a friend of Merton and original member of the Merton Legacy Trust] «detailed view»
Series 1 #13.
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1961/03/07 TPCS[x] from Merton As a token of union in charity on the Feast of the Angelic Doctor I am sending you this copy «detailed view»
Series 1 #14.
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1963/08/23 (#01) other[x]   100 New Frontier Accommodations (Concessions) Listed [-] Editor's note: Shortly after John F. [1963/08/23 edition of The Knoxville Journal with a highlighted article on John F. Kennedy and "concessions made to World Communism"] «detailed view»
Series 1 #15.
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1963/08/23 (#02) other[x]   KENNEDY CUBAN POLICY ATTACKED BY DISTINGUISHED AMERICAN CATHOLICS* [-] Clarence Manion, [article with reprints attacking John F. Kennedy's policy on Cuba by Clarence Manion of The Manion Forum and William F. Buckley, Jr. of The National Review - dated 1962/03/21, but sent with clipping of 1963 from The Knoxville Journal] «detailed view»
Series 1 #16.
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1963/08/23 (#03) other[x]   An Editorial [-] Number One Liar In the United States, John F. Kennedy [editorial by William Loeb in the Manchester Union Leader of New Hampshire] «detailed view»
Series 1 #17.
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1963/11/no TLS from Merton A long time ago Rev Fr approved Gabriel Marcel coming here, at least in a general way. You can go «detailed view»
Series 1 #18.
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1963/no/no? other from Edward, Fr., O.C.S.O. GOLDEN JUBILEE of entrance into Gethsemani [-] Father M. Edward, O.C.S.O. [-] November 29 1913 1963 [2 prayer cards - card celebrating Fr. M. Edward's jubilee has his handwritten note (to Walsh?)] «detailed view»
Series 1 #19.
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1964/07/02 TLS to Merton The thanks which this note brings are long, too long in the saying. But you will accept «detailed view»
Series 1 #20.
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1964/07/15 TLS to Merton The cheese which you sent to me was delicious and I wanted you to know how much we enjoyed it. «detailed view»
Series 1 #21.
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1964/10/09 other[x]   Report on the Meeting of Novicemasters (OCSO) of North & South America, at Gethsemani Abbey, «detailed view»
Series 1 #22.
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1964/10/28? other[x]   INTER-FAITH STATEMENT ON THE PLACE OF MORALITY IN THE CAMPAIGN [statement by a number of theologians, religious leaders and religious writers about the distortion of the term "morality" and its use as a weapon in the presidential campaigns of 1964 - Merton's name is listed] «detailed view»
Series 1 #23.
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1964/11/08 other[c]   FORMAL OPENING OF THE THOMAS MERTON ROOM [-] Bellarmine College [-] November 8, 1964 [remarks by Fr. John Loftus, Dean of Bellarmine College, on the opening of Bellarmine's Thomas Merton Room] «detailed view»
Series 1 #24.
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1965/02/26 TLS from Wolter, Allan The topic The Spiritual Horizons of St. Anselm in the Intellectual development of Duns Scotus «detailed view»
Series 1 #25.
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1965/03/19 other   Nun Educator Accent New Experiences [-] "Go, try!" might well be the motto engraved on Sister [issue of the student newspaper, The Tower, of the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.] «detailed view»
Series 1 #26.
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1965/03/26 other   THE SCHOOL OF PHILOSOPHY [-] Colloquium in Honor of the SEVENTH CENTENARY of the birth of [program for a colloquium in honor of John Duns Scotus, held at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and attended by Walsh] «detailed view»
Series 1 #27.
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1965/04/22 TL from Evans, Peggy I can say that with new emphasis this year -- I just realized my baby sister is having her 20th [from Peggy Mullin Evans of Seoul, Korea - Class Letter, Class of 1941, from the Manhattanville Alumnae Association of Manhattanville College, Purchase, New York, where Walsh previously taught] «detailed view»
Series 1 #28.
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1965/05/05 TLS[x] from Clement, Br., O.C.S.O. Mr. Jack Kelly [ Brother Marcellus ] has been the Procurator at the Abbey of Gethsemani «detailed view»
Series 1 #29.
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1965/05/11 TLS from Morse, Nina Your Easter card for Mrs. Hoguet came in sometime ago - and it seemed that you did not know that she [Nina J. Morse, secretary for the then recently deceased Mrs. Robert Louis Hoguet of New York City] «detailed view»
Series 1 #30.
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1965/07/20 TLS from Alexander, Stuart I am in receipt of your letter regarding your very unfortunate experience on the bus and I am doubly [from Stuart E. Alexander, attorney with the Law Offices of Tilford & Dobbins in Louisville, Kentucky] «detailed view»
Series 1 #31.
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1965/07/26 other   BELLARMINE COLLEGE PART-TIME FACULTY EMPLOYMENT CONTRACT [-] This agreement made [employment contract for Walsh to teach two philosophy classes at Bellarmine College] «detailed view»
Series 1 #32.
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1965/no/no HPCS from Fox, James +Blessings and grateful prayers for dear Dan as we commence our Gen. Chapter for 1965. [verso: black and white photograph of the Citeaux Abbey with a clock tower and a sign quoting Bernard of Clairvaux, "O Beata Solitudo"] «detailed view»
Series 1 #33.
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1966/01/27 TLS to Jim [Forest?] Congratulations on a beautiful job - you made everything fit together so well - a fine piece «detailed view»
Series 1 #34.
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1966/09/05 HLS from McCorkell, Edward May I send you a thanks, and [indecipherable word..] you a note of appreciation to Father Merton [from Fr. Edmund J. McCorkell, a Basilian priest from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York] «detailed view»
Series 1 #35.
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1966/09/29 TLS to Merton Is it next Wednesday when we are to meet? The following Wednesday will be the 6th which, I believe, «detailed view»
Series 1 #36.
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1966/11/28 TLS from Merton Could you please have Tommy's friend, the typist, type these «detailed view»
Series 1 #37.
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1967/07/26 HCS to Merton This is an adventure I hardly anticipated even in my wildest imaginings. To begin, I had never been «detailed view»
Series 1 #38.
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1967/10/05 (#01) TAL[c] from Merton I enjoyed the visit yesterday, and I will be glad to see Virginia next Tuesday. However, in order «detailed view»
Series 1 #39.
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1967/10/05 (#02) HLS to Merton I asked Virginia in a note to meet us at 2:30 PM. - OK. I didn't mean to cause you any concern «detailed view»
Series 1 #40.
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1967/12/22 HNS  from Merton to J [?] Can you use these? You are welcome to them. Best wishes for New Year [-] Tom [likely among some newspaper clippings of Walsh's ordination] «detailed view»
Series 1 #41.
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1968/01/28 other   St. Joseph's Retreat House Annual RETREAT CAPTAINS AND WIVES BANQUET [-] SHERATON MOTOR [program for a banquet featuring Walsh - includes a photograph of Merton and Walsh processing from the Mass of Walsh's ordination] «detailed view»
Series 1 #42.
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1968/10/no? HPCS[x] from Merton India is terrific. I've been very busy so far but now the conference is over and I hope to have [verso: color photographic image of "Elephant ride, Amber Palace, Jaipur" / printed on same paper with scan a of Merton in suit and clerics and a woman religious in habit / there is no date on the postcard, but is likely to be late October after Merton had finished his conference in Calcutta but before his trip to Dharmsala] «detailed view»
Series 1 #43.
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1968/12/03 HPCS[x] from Merton Ceylon has been the best thing so far - it is utterly beautiful - and unspoiled. Bro Pat told me of [verso: color landscape of Ceylon / printed on same paper with scans [of later date] of Merton's grave marker and of two men digging his grave] «detailed view»
Series 1 #44.
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1969/11/04 telegram from Kennedy, Ethel (Skakel) Thomas Merton was a great spiritual force in so many of our lives. I know how much he meant to [see "Kennedy, Ethel (Skakel) file"] condolences for Merton's death and regrets about not being able to attend opening of the Thomas Merton Studies Center «detailed view»
Series 1 #45.
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undated/04/21 HLS from Francis, Fr. I found Fr. Stuhlmueller's paper quite interesting and thought-provoking. It is evident that he is [from a "Father Francis" writing to Walsh on Gethsemani Abbey stationery - possibly Fr. Francis Derivaux, O.C.S.O. (later left Trappists and was Fr. Don Derivaux) «detailed view»
Series 1 #46.
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undated/no/no (#01) TNS from Merton I am sorry to have kept Fr Feliciano's letter so long. I am sending him a Spanish translation of my [see "O'Callaghan, Tommie" file, letter n.d.[07], for a copy of this letter and a note from Fr. Balwin and Merton] «detailed view»
Series 1 #47.
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undated/no/no (#02) HNS from Merton I am sorry I could not tell you before now but Rev. Father would not give permission for us to go «detailed view»
Series 1 #48.
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undated/no/no (#03) TN to Merton for Fr. M. Louis, from dan walsh [-] after-thoughts of Friday evening [likely attached to something else, either not identified or not extant] «detailed view»
Series 1 #49.
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undated/no/no (#04) HPCS to Merton Many and profound thanks for the "New Seeds" and the beautiful inscription. I showed it to Mother [verso: color postcard from Maria Laach in Germany] «detailed view»
Series 1 #50.
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undated/no/no (#05) other   EASTER [-] THE LITURGY OF THE WORD OF GOD [-] ENTRANCE RITE [-] The Entrance Rite, [Easter Mass leaflet - Copyright 1965] «detailed view»
Series 1 #51.
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undated/no/no (#06) other to Joseph, Br. JOHN HOWARD GRIFFIN AND FATHER DOMINIQUE PIRE ANNOUNCE THAT "WORLD FRIENDSHIP," «detailed view»
Series 1 #52.
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undated/no/no (#07) other   THE CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF AMERICA [-] WASHINGTON, D.C. [-] ATTACHED CHECK COVERS [check stub for honorarium fee (paid to Walsh?) by Catholic University of America] «detailed view»
Series 1 #53.
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undated/no/no (#08) HNS from Merton Sorry - I have a visitor to see tonight. Are you free tomorrow Wednesday, even if a little late? «detailed view»
Series 1 #54.
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undated/no/no (#09) HNS from Merton Once again I won't be able to make it tonight, I have another severe attack of diarrhea with fever. «detailed view»
Series 1 #55.
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undated/no/no (#10) HNS from Merton Are you back? I will be over Wednesday evening in case! [-] Yrs in Xt [-] Tom «detailed view»
Series 1 #56.
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undated/no/no (#11) HNS from Merton I will be there Tuesday at 6.10 if I can - All is unpredictable, but I think I can make it «detailed view»
Series 1 #57.
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undated/no/no (#12) HNS from Merton I probably won't be able to make it tonight. See you Monday unless I hear otherwise [-] In Jesu «detailed view»
Series 1 #58.
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undated/no/no (#13) TLS to Merton Will be glad to bring the material to Sr. Mary Luke - expect she has already left, however, «detailed view»
Series 1 #59.
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undated/no/no (#14) HNS[x] from Merton I was here Tuesday evening - but could not remember if we made some other arrangements last week. «detailed view»
Series 1 #60.
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undated/no/no (#15) HNS from Merton Are you here today? I will drop by this evening. Otherwise hope to see you tomorrow (Wednesday) «detailed view»
Series 1 #61.
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undated/no/no (#16) HNS from Merton Welcome home. This is all for the Bellarmine Collection - I don't know what would be the easiest «detailed view»
Series 1 #62.
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undated/no/no (#17) HNS from Merton If I don't catch you tonight (Monday) I will try again tomorrow after dinner about 1.15 - OK? «detailed view»
Series 1 #63.
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undated/no/no (#18) HCS from Morrisey, Bob Hope this finds you in good health and enjoying your work in Kentucky. How the years fly by. «detailed view»
Series 1 #64.
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undated/no/no (#19) HCS from Merton Dan - I hope to be there Xmas Eve [-] Joy in the Lord [-] Tom [verso of card, the text: "HE CARED ENOUGH TO SEND THE VERY BEST"] «detailed view»
Series 1 #65.
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undated/no/no (#20) HCS from Merton Don't worry about that article of Dom Aelred Graham (I haven't seen it yet). God bless you always. [card with a quote from Merton "When My Mother, pretty as a church, Takes Me upon her lap, I laugh with love." - verso: "Original drawing by a Trappist monk." (Mary and Child Jesus drawing) - card could be from 1953 when Aelred Graham published a negative review of some of Merton's writings] «detailed view»
Series 1 #66.
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undated/no/no (#21) other   MASTER OF ARTS IN TEACHING with a concentration in RELIGION [-] MANHATTANVILLE COLLEGE [pamphlet from Manhattanville College of the Sacred Heart in Purchase, New York] «detailed view»
Series 1 #67.
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undated/no/no (#22) TALS from Merton In my wildest dreams I never featured being here but Providence has Its way of doing things «detailed view»
Series 1 #68.
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undated/no/no (#23) HNS from Merton The magazine - eventually for Bellarmine. [-] Tom [not certain what the reference is, but it is possibly for the next record, Humanidades] «detailed view»
Series 1 #69.
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undated/no/no (#24) other   humanidades [-] REVISTA CRISTIANA DE HUMANISMO ACTUAL DE LA UNIVERSIDAD PONTIFICA [advertisement for Humanidades, published by the Pontifical Comillas University of Madrid, Spain, of which Merton was a collaborator (see last record)] «detailed view»
Series 1 #70.
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undated/no/no (#25) HNS to Birkel, Paul Fr. L. left these with me-they are, of course, to go to you as our understanding goes - "given to me [Paul Birkel was from the library at Bellarmine College] «detailed view»
Series 1 #71.
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undated/no/no (#26) HLS to Birkel, Paul I feel sure that I have not a copy of my talk at Boston College on the occasion of the presentation [Paul Birkel was from the library at Bellarmine College] «detailed view»
Series 1 #72.
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undated/no/no (#27) HLS from Ry[?] Delighted to see your looking so well, and in such grand spirits! You did a truly Christ-like job [written on Gethsemani Abbey stationery] «detailed view»
Series 1 #73.
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undated/no/no (#28) other[x]   Study Thomas Merton under the following aspects: I. Merton the Man [-] Life & character «detailed view»
Series 1 #74.
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undated/no/no (#29) HCS from Martin, Br., O.C.S.O. In the spirit of your anniversary today and of our conversation I wanted to send you a few words [from Fr. Martin of Gethsemani Abbey to Walsh] «detailed view»
Series 1 #75.
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undated/no/no (#30) other   1. Distinction bet. nature and 'state' all the more important to see what the Chartres people were [short group of typed, unreferenced notes (by Walsh?) - sections number 1-9 on 5 pieces of half-sized paper] «detailed view»
Series 1 #76.
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undated/no/no (#31) other   6 [-] of the rôle substance plays on Locke, on the one hand, and St. Thomas and Duns Scotus, [pages 6-24 of handwritten, unreferenced notes (by Walsh?)] «detailed view»
Series 1 #77.
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undated/no/no (#32) HNS from Merton I'll be busy Wednesday so I'll try to see you this Tuesday after dinner - ok? In the Lord Tom [transferred from Sub-Section H.7, Hart Working Files, Accession 2] «detailed view»
Series 1 #78.
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undated/no/no (#33) other[x] from Merton + for Fr J R [last name starts with "B"] cordial good wishes [-] get well quick! [-] in Xt, fm Louis [sent "at request of Dan Walsh" but priest's last name is difficult to read - signature and inscription inside Merton's book New Seeds of Contemplation] «detailed view»
Series 1 #79.
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undated/no/no (#34) HNS[x] from Merton + Christmas blessings 1963 [-] f m Louis [book first signed and given by Merton to Dan Walsh, and Walsh later gave the book to Russell Hargus for Christmas 1963 - signature inside Merton's book The Christmas Sermons of Bl. Guerric of Igny] «detailed view»

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