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Evans, Illtud, Fr., O.P.

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Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence

Dates of materials: 1961-1967

Volume: 42 item(s); 60 pg(s)

Scope and Content


Fr. Illtud Evans was a Dominican priest and popular retreat master from Cambridge, England. He did editorial work for Blackfriars (after 1964, New Blackfriars), a publication of the English Dominicans. Many of Evans' letters speak of his travels for the retreats he was giving, including a trip to the Holy Land. In 1966, he moved to St. Albert's College in Oakland, California. (Source: The School of Charity, p. 196.)

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See also published letters from Merton to Evans in The School of Charity, pp. 196 [not listed in Index], 231, 252-253, 263-264 and 348; and see also the "Weatherhead, Benet" file.

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SeriesDateTypeTo/FromFirst LinesPubFull TextNotes
 1961/08/08 HLSto MertonI should explain that I am a Dominican of the English Province and editor of our monthly review,   
 1961/09/02 HLSto MertonI arrived at the Bishop's with no more than the usual share of   
 1961/10/02 HLSto MertonHere I am, at best on my way home - at least, on my way to Boston, from which I take a slow boat   
 1961/11/26 TLSto MertonI'm delighted, touched, flattered, grateful at your offerings and hope I can use them, some of them   
 1962/01/23 TALSto MertonThanks for yours, and for Christian Action in Crisis. I should like to use this and will send it   
 1962/03/19 HLSto MertonI write this in a convent at Harrow-on-the-hill: the Harrow boys, with their elastic-supported flat   
 1963/02/23 TLSto MertonThanks for your letter and the poem (which I'llsend [sic] on to Fr Benet Weatherhead, now the editor   
 1964/01/13 TAL[c]from MertonI have no idea where this letter will find you, but I hope you are at Cambridge. So first toYes  
 1964/01/16 TALSto MertonIt was a great joy to hear from you, on - believe it or not - a brilliant, clear morning, and I,   
 1964/02/04 TALSto MertonI think I did answer your letter? In any case I wrote a formal note to the Abbot saying I'd be   
 1964/02/20 TAL[c]from MertonWe are all happy that you will be here to preach the retreat next year. But I do worry about your   
 1964/03/20 HPCSto MertonI've been having a rest in Provence and with a Cambridge architect and a Yale friend, have visited  [verso: black and white photo of the cloister area of the Cistercian Abbey of Sénanque]
 1964/04/15 TALSto MertonI was glad to find your letter - and its fascinating extras awaiting me when I got back from   
 1964/06/11 TALSto MertonI had lunch with Tom Burns in London yesterday (his brother, Dr Charles Burns, a pioneer of Child   
 1964/06/24 TAL[c]from MertonPerhaps I will be able to send you something later on for the new Blackfriars. At the moment,   
 1964/07/02 TLSto MertonI was very glad to hear from you and to get the poem, which I greatly like. I am sending you this   
 1964/08/03 TAL[c]from MertonTomorrow is the Feast of St Dominic and I promise to remember you especially at Mass. I am sorry   
 1964/08/30 TAL[c]from MertonI am not sure if you still need lecture engagements in this area before our retreat. Some of theYes  
 1964/09/04 TLSto Mertonthanks for yours. I've written to Bellarmine and St Meinrad's, suggesting dates after Jan. 26.   
 1964/09/22 TALSto MertonWho said old Cunard is out-of-date? I wanted some thin paper, and found a relic. Thanks very much  [on stationary of the "Cunard Line R.M.S. Queen Elizabeth"]
 1964/09/25 TAL[c]from MertonGorilla with Gun is not going to appear anywhere here in the form in which you have it or in a way   
 1964/11/30 TLSto MertonI turned on the radio a moment ago to discover the time and they were doing a programme called   
 1964/12/07 TL[c]from MertonWell, I always wanted to write a novel, and I know it is a truism that what you want in youth youYes  
 1965/01/30 HLSto MertonOnly a word to say how glad I was to see you and to have been at Gethsemani. I'll write at length   
 1965/02/08 TL[c]from MertonThanks for your letter from Pittsburgh. I am glad everything went well there. I will keep yourYes  
 1965/02/24 TLSto MertonI've had such a muddle of things since I got back that I'm not sure if I answered you [sic] note   
 1965/04/14 TL[c]from MertonA happy and glorious Easter. To share the joy of the feast, I am sending along a good big chunk   
 1965/06/19 HLSto MertonI'm sorry I haven't written, but ever since I got back from Palestine I've been terribly tied up -   
 1965/09/02 TLS[x]from MertonDid I answer your last letter? I am terribly sorry to hear that you are ill and getting over it only  [copied from Sub-Section H.7, Accession 2, Hart Working Files]
 1966/02/10 HLSto MertonThanks for your letter and the pictures, which make me look like an unsuccessful novelist   
 1966/03/03 HLSto MertonI've often meant to write, but you know how it is: with <u>la dolce vita</u>, for in the 4 months   
 1966/04/22 TLSto MertonI arrived from Barbados last week and am very glad to be here. It looks as though I'm going to be   
 1966/06/06 TL[c]from MertonIt is late to thank you for a letter which I see is dated April 22. I am very glad that you like it   
 1966/09/25 TLSto MertonDo I owe you a letter? In any case there isn't much sense in trying to establish a debit/credit   
 1966/09/30 TL[c]from MertonI got your letter this morning and am answering it not out of guilt but because I want to answer it   
 1967/08/09 TLSto MertonPatrick Quinn, (Irish) professor of architecture at the university of California at Berkeley   
 1967/09/11 TLSto MertonI'm just back from an exhausting series of congresses which I had to attend for THE TABLET,   
 1967/09/19 TALS[c]from MertonMany thanks for your letter of the 11th. Glad to hear of you as always. I was invitedYes  
 1967/10/13 HLSto MertonOf course I understand, and I wonder that you've been patient for so long with the importunate, me   
 1967/11/09 TL[c]from MertonSorry for the time lag in replying about "Redeeming the Time". It has not in fact appeared anywhere   
 1967/11/17 HLSto MertonI don't know whether <u>The Tablet</u> sent you a copy of this week's issue.   
 undated/no/no HPCSto MertonNot going to Petra this time, put it's so lovely that I thought I'd send this  [verso: color photo of the Treasury at Petra in Jordan]

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