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Merton's Correspondence with:

Beatrice D. Olmstead; Beatrice Olmstead

Olmstead, Beatrice D.  printer


Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence
Dates of materials: 1953-1986, bulk 1953-1967
Volume: 18 item(s); 20 pg(s)

Scope and Content


Beatrice Olmstead wrote to Merton after reading The Seven Storey Mountain, and she and her family became for Merton like an adopted family.

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Related Information and Links

See also letters from Merton to Olmstead and her family in The Road to Joy, pp. 272-279.

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#DateFrom/ToFirst LinesPub ✓Notes
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1. 1953/01/12 TLS[x] from Merton If I don't write now, it will be an inexcusable delay in thanking you for the Mass and for the other «detailed view»
2. 1953/02/16 TLS[x] from Merton I have just a moment to spare in which to thank you for the Mass stipend. What could be a more «detailed view»
3. 1955/02/05 TLS[x] from Merton It has taken me a long time to get around to thanking you again. I was happy to hear about the [no original date - hand dated on photocopy by Olmstead - appears middle section of letter is removed] «detailed view»
4. 1959/06/09 TLS[x] from Merton (What typing- please forgive me.) How can I thank all you wonderful people for your letters «detailed view»
5. 1960/02/06 TLS[x] from Merton This is to thank all of you for the letters, presents, prayers and good wishes for Christmas and my «detailed view»
6. 1961/06/17 TLS[x] from Merton For several days I have intended to drop you this note and I hope I am not too late with it. «detailed view»
7. 1962/06/04 TLS[x] from Merton Thank you for your good letter. I have been thinking of you all, and of course I know you pray for «detailed view»
8. 1963/06/15 TLS[x] from Merton You must think I have got moss growing all over me by this time. I am so sorry not to have answered [listed as to "Lenore 'Norrie' Olmstead" in The Road to Joy - letter lists addressee as Beatrice] «detailed view»
9. 1964/01/04 TAL[c] from Merton This is a brief note to thank all of you for your Christmas letters and presents. I was especially «detailed view»
10. 1964/07/04 TAL[c] from Merton How long can it be since I last wrote you and the family? I have a feeling I owe you all at least «detailed view»
11. 1965/06/09 TLS[x] from Merton I am ashamed to have gone so long without saying thanks for the letters and masses, yours «detailed view»
12. 1966/01/01 TL[c] from Merton Many thanks to you and Norrie and Terence for your letters and for the Masses. And Happy New Year. [listed as "1967/01/01" in The Road to Joy - 1966 on the letter] «detailed view»
13. 1966/06/15 TL[c] from Merton Thanks very much for your remembrance on my ordination anniversary and for the note written without «detailed view»
14. 1967/07/19 TALS to Merton Please forgive me for the delay in writing to thank you most sincerely for your wonderful articles «detailed view»
15. 1967/10/06 TLS to Merton I am now on my second time around reading "Zen" (Mystics and Zen Masters). I can't express how much «detailed view»
16. 1967/11/16 TAL[c] from Merton It is already a long time since you sent the coffee and everything. It came right at the best time, «detailed view»
17. 1986/08/04 TLS to Center from Olmstead, Beatrice I just returned from Boston where I welcomed a new grandson when I found your letter and I thank you «detailed view»
18. 1986/08/08 TL[x] from Center to Olmstead, Beatrice Thank you for your prompt response to my letter of inquiry. I appreciate your answering. «detailed view»

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