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MERTON'S CORRESPONDENCE WITH:
Slate, John H., 1913-1967

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Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence

Dates of materials: 1967

Volume: 26 item(s); 26 pg(s)

Scope and Content

Merton contacts a Columbia University classmate and attorney, John Slate, to help him establish a literary estate.

Biography

John H. Slate was a classmate of Merton's at Columbia University. He was a lawyer with the firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in New York, and specialized in aviation law. In addition, he contributed humorous pieces to Fortune, The Atlantic Monthly, and The Saturday Evening Post. Merton had heard reports about Slate from other Columbia alumni friends, but had not been in direct contact for many years. Slate died of a heart attack later in that same year they were in contact concerning the literary estate.

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Related Information and Links

See also the "Slate, Mary Ellen", "Dwyer, Daniel", "Garfinkel, Barry H.", and the "Ford, John J." files; and see also published letters from Merton to John Slate in The Road to Joy, pp. 298-303.

Series List

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

Container List

SeriesDateTypeTo/FromFirst LinesPubFull TextNotes
 1967/02/10 telegramto MertonGREATLY DISTRESSED BY SEYMOUR FREEDGOOD'S INACCURATE ACCOUNT OF MY JAW FRACTURE   
 1967/03/19 TL[c]from MertonSy Freedgood has just been here with me for a few days, and we both agreed that it would be a goodYes  
 1967/03/23 telegramto MertonLELIGHTED [sic] AND FLATTERED BY YOUR LETTER AND WILL BE GLAD TO HELP   
 1967/03/24 telegramto MertonDELIGHTED AND FLATTERED BY YOUR LETTER AND WILL BE GLAD TO HELP   
 1967/03/24 (#01)TL[c]from MertonDelighted to get your telegram this morning. Yes, come down as soon as you can.Yes  
 1967/03/24 (#02)other[c]from MertonMemo concerning literary estate. T. Merton. Some of the points to be considered are:Yes  
 1967/03/30 TLSto MertonI have reservations on an Eastern flight which will arrive in Louisville about 9:00 A.M.   
 1967/04/07 (#01)TALSfrom MertonHere is the xerox of that will. I guess you can figure it out. One of the witnesses took off fromYes  
 1967/04/07 (#02)TL[c]from MertonHere is the xerox of that will. I guess you can figure it out. One of the witnesses took off fromYes  
 1967/04/07 (#03)other[x]from MertonI Thomas James Merton, in religion fr M. Louis O.C.S.O. heretofore of New York City, NY, now  [Merton's will upon entering the Trappists at Gethsemani Abbey]
 1967/04/07 (#04)TLSto MertonArrives backs ins splendids conditions owings tos efficiencys instrumentalities ofs Easterns [sic]  [addresses Merton as "Dear Thos" and later notes, "The foregoing sentence will, I think, sufficiently indicate the dangers of pushing the Merton Plural to its extreme extension."]
 1967/04/09 TLSto MertonLate bulletin. The Hertz people just called from Louisville to say that they had found my wallet   
 1967/04/12 TLSto MertonThanks for the Will. I am having a our trust and estate people go over it and set up   
 1967/04/15 (#01)TAL[c]from MertonThanks for yours of the 12th. I enclose a memo showing the sort of thing I want to do when it comesYes  
 1967/04/15 (#02)otherfrom MertonMemo: concerning my will and testament [1] 1- After discussion of the matter with Rt Rev Dom JamesYes [signed and annotated version]
 1967/04/15 (#03)other[c]from MertonMemo: concerning my will and testament [1] 1- After discussion of the matter with Rt Rev Dom JamesYes [2 carbons]
 1967/04/15 (#04)other[c]from MertonINVENTORY of manuscripts, notebooks etc. April 1967. [-] I Unpublished material of partly finished   
 1967/04/29 TLSto MertonThanks very much for sending me Mystics and Zen Masters, which I will read with much interest   
 1967/05/04 TLSto MertonThe books have arrived in good shape and I am very pleased to have them. Thank you very much,   
 1967/05/22 TALSto MertonI am extremely sorry to have been so silent (a role which, ha! ha!, would seem to become you more   
 1967/05/30 TL[c]from MertonRecords arrived safely, promptly, everything fine. Just the sort of thing I was looking for.Yes  
 1967/06/06 TL[c]from MertonJ. Laughlin mentioned in a letter you were thinking perhaps of flying to Rome some day to straightenYes  
 1967/06/07 TALSto MertonI must have given Jim Laughlin the impression that I was about to go off to Rome to argue   
 1967/06/12 TL[x]from MertonThanks the letter. Instead of going to Roma to beard Montini in his den you are of [sic] to Mexico  [from one folder from the "New Directions Publishing" papers at Harvard, entitled "Letters (carbons) to various people, 1967" - also includes a copy of a letter of June 11 from Merton to Robert Lax]
 1967/07/25 TALSto MertonMy silence for the past several weeks does not indicate death or anything along those lines,   
 1967/09/19 other JOHN H. SLATE, 54; AVIATION LAWYER [-] Member of Firm Here Dies - Also Magazine Writer  [Slate's obituary]
        

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