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

Series 2, Correspondence from Dom Aelred and Fr. Louis file kept by Dom James Fox (added Aug. 2014)

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


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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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 LinesPub ✓Notes
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Series 2 #1.
«All Series«
1953/02/07 transcript  from Van Zeller, Hubert / to Merton Hesitating about bothering you with an opinion which can obviously make no great difference, [from Dom Hubert Van Zeller, O.S.B. (Downside Abbey, near Bath, England) to Merton] «detailed view»
Series 2 #2.
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1953/02/14 (#01) transcript to Merton Having just finished reading your "SIGN OF JONAS" (in my view by far the most attractive of all your [transcript typescript by Dom James and 3 carbon copies] «detailed view»
Series 2 #3.
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1953/02/16 transcript  from Ahern, Barnabas / to Merton Before Ash Wednesday descends upon us I want to thank you for your last letter. I read that [transcript typescript and one carbon copy (two carbons transferred to "Ahern, Barnabas" file] «detailed view»
Series 2 #4.
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1953/02/20 transcript  from Ahern, Barnabas / to James Fox I am writing directly to you, for I feared a letter to Father M. Louis might not reach him during [transcript typescript and two carbon copies (one carbon transferred to "Ahern, Barnabas" file] «detailed view»
Series 2 #5.
«All Series«
1953/03/03 TLS to Fox, James A letter from a mutual friend of ours -- William J. McCormack, Jr., an alumnus of Portsmouth Priory «detailed view»
Series 2 #6.
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1953/03/03 TL[c]  from Fox, James / to Aelred Graham We received your charming letter of February 14. I am answering for good Father Louis. «detailed view»
Series 2 #7.
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1964/03/10 transcript to Merton What a memorable - and how happy an - experience it was meeting and talking with you. [series Series 1 for original handwritten letter] «detailed view»

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