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Graham, Aelred, Dom, O.S.B., 1907-1984


Series 1, Correspondence between Merton and Dom Aelred Graham.


Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence
Dates of materials: 1953, 1956, 1963-1964, 1968, 1983
Volume: 48 item(s); 77 pg(s)

Scope and Content

Aelred Graham wrote one of the first negative reviews of Merton's work in 1953. Merton kept in touch with Graham and later wrote praise for Graham's book

Biography

Dom Aelred Graham was a Benedictine monk from Ampleforth Abbey in England. From 1951-1967, he served as superior of the Portsmouth Priory in Rhode Island. All letters by Graham are addressed from Portsmouth, Rhode Island, except the 1968 letters and oth

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Related Information and Links

See also published letters from Merton to Graham in The School of Charity, pp. 48-49, 167, 181-182, 187-

Series List

Series NumberSeries NameTotal Records
1 Correspondence between Merton and Dom Aelred Graham. 30
2 Correspondence from Dom Aelred and Fr. Louis file kept by Dom James Fox (added Aug. 2014) 7
3 Articles and Statements from Dom Aelred and Fr. Louis file kept by Dom James Fox (added Aug. 2014) 11

Container List

Series#DateFrom/ToFirst LinesPubNotes
Series 1 #1.
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1953/01/15 transcript from Merton This is just a note to thank you for the article you wrote about me in the Atlantic. [transferred from Sub-Section H.7, Hart Working Files, Accession 2] «detailed view»
Series 1 #2.
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1953/02/05 HLS[x]  from Graham, Aelred / to Robert Giroux Many thanks for "The Sign of Jonas" which I am reading through with interest. It seems to confirm «detailed view»
Series 1 #3.
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1953/02/14 TLS[x] to Merton Having just finished reading your "SIGN OF JONAS" (in my view by far the most attractive of all your [see Section 2 for original] «detailed view»
Series 1 #4.
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1953/03/03 TLS[x] to Fox, James A letter from a mutual friend of ours -- William J. McCormack, Jr., an alumnus of Portsmouth Priory [see Series 2 for orignal letter] «detailed view»
Series 1 #5.
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1963/04/17 HLS to Merton Your very kind and heartening message has just reached me. Only the other day I was reading «detailed view»
Series 1 #6.
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1963/04/24 TALS[x] from Merton As a matter of fact I went ahead and wrote a review. I liked the book so much and found so much [transferred from Sub-Section H.7, Hart Working Files, Accession 2] «detailed view»
Series 1 #7.
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1963/04/26 TLS to Merton What a magnanimous person you are! Thank you indeed for your letter, with its stream of intuitions, «detailed view»
Series 1 #8.
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1963/08/24 TLS to Merton Thank you for your kind letter of August 21. Seeing that he is so warmly commended by you I shall «detailed view»
Series 1 #9.
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1963/09/10 TAL[c] from Merton Thanks for your very good letter. I do not know whether Fr John of the Cross will get there, «detailed view»
Series 1 #10.
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1963/10/03 TLS to Merton As I have just written to Father Thurston N. Davis, S.J. of AMERICA, from time to time we bring out «detailed view»
Series 1 #11.
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1963/11/15 TALS to Merton Your kind letter of November 1st with its enclosures has only just now arrived. I am sorry indeed «detailed view»
Series 1 #12.
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1963/11/19 TAL[c] from Merton Father Abbot showed me your recent letter concerning Father John of the Cross, and asked if I would «detailed view»
Series 1 #13.
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1963/12/02 TLS to Merton I have written today at some length to your Father Abbot, Dom James, about Father John of the Cross «detailed view»
Series 1 #14.
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1963/12/04 TL[c] from Merton It is already a long time since your letter of November 15, which took a little time to reach me. «detailed view»
Series 1 #15.
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1963/12/07 TALS to Merton I have your kind letter of December 4 which seems to have crossed with my recent one to you. «detailed view»
Series 1 #16.
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1963/12/16 TAL[c] from Merton Just a brief answer to your letter, and to assure you that I quite understand the situation «detailed view»
Series 1 #17.
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1964/03/10 HLS to Merton What a memorable - and how happy an - experience it was meeting and talking with you. [stationery from Saint Louis Priory in Missouri] «detailed view»
Series 1 #18.
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1964/05/14 TAL[c] from Merton I still have here your note from St Louis, and I had been meaning to answer and say that certainly «detailed view»
Series 1 #19.
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1964/05/20 (#01) TLS to Merton It was very good to have your most welcome letter of May 14th. Thank you indeed for it «detailed view»
Series 1 #20.
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1964/05/20 (#02) other   A new crusade in the offing? [-] By Dom Aelred Graham [-] By his recent pilgrimage to the Holy Land «detailed view»
Series 1 #21.
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1968/07/12 TALS to Merton It is much too long since we were last in touch with one another. But now here I am, in quasi [letter care of Elsie Mitchell-- Graham was spending the summer at the house of Elsie and John Mitchell of Cataumet, Massachusetts (see the "Mitchell, Elsie" file in the correspondence)] «detailed view»
Series 1 #22.
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1968/07/15 TL[c] from Merton Your fine letter was a pleasant surprise-- and just what I needed. the lines you sketch out are «detailed view»
Series 1 #23.
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1968/07/no TALS to Merton I hope I "intuit" correctly in thinking that you may prefer this mode of address. By all means [letter care of Elsie Mitchell-- Graham was spending the summer at the house of Elsie and John Mitchell of Cataumet, Massachusetts (see the "Mitchell, Elsie" file in the correspondence)] «detailed view»
Series 1 #24.
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1968/08/03 (#01) TLS[x] from Merton Yes, personally I prefer first names. It is so much simpler. And I do value very highly your «detailed view»
Series 1 #25.
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1968/08/03 (#02) TL[c] from Merton Yes, personally I prefer first names. It is so much simpler. And I do value very highly your «detailed view»
Series 1 #26.
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1968/08/05 TALS to Merton Many thanks for yours of the 3rd. Mails seem to be agreeably speedy at the moment! Elsie and I [seemingly misdated as 1967/August/05 - written care of Elsie Mitchell-- Graham was spending the summer at the house of Elsie and John Mitchell of Cataumet, Massachusetts (see the "Mitchell, Elsie" file in the correspondence)] «detailed view»
Series 1 #27.
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1968/08/13 TL[c] from Merton My plans are now shaping up, and it does seem more likely that I can stretch things out so as to get «detailed view»
Series 1 #28.
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1968/08/29 TLS[x] from Merton Many, many thanks for your letter of the 19th and the enclosures. I wrote immediately to Harold «detailed view»
Series 1 #29.
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1968/10/15 HLS[x] from Merton Today I fly to Asia - tomorrow I hope to be conversing with Bikkhu Khantipulo at Wat Bovoranives.... [on stationery of the Clift Hotel in San Francisco] «detailed view»
Series 1 #30.
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1983/11/20 TLS  from Fletcher, Wulstan Please forgive me for taking so long in attending to and forwarding the photocopies of Merton's [from Wulstan Fletcher, O.S.B. of Ampleforth Abbey in England to Fr. William H. Shannon] «detailed view»

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