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Merton's Correspondence with:

Dom Hubert Van Zeller, Hubert Van; Venning, Hugh; Hugh Venning; Choleric, Brother; Brother Choleric

Van Zeller, Hubert, Dom, O.S.B., 1905-1984  printer


Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence
Dates of materials: 1953-1979, bulk 1953-1955
Volume: 21 item(s); 30 pg(s)

Scope and Content

Dom Hubert Van Zeller first writes to say that he did not agree with the harsh criticism by Dom Aelred Graham's reviews of Merton's early works.


Dom Hubert Van Zeller was a Benedictine monk of Downside Abbey in England and scholar on the monastic life. He authored a number of books and articles on the contemplative life, the scriptures and monasticism.

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See also published letters from Merton to Van Zeller in The School of Charity, pp. 55-56, 64, 72-73, 79-80 and 82-83.

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1. 1953/02/07 transcript to Merton Hesitating about bothering you with an opinion which can obviously make no great difference, [Dom James Fox made a copy of a letter from Van Zeller sent to Merton, original not extant / Fox filed it with materials regarding Dom Aelred Graham's article "A Modern Man in Reverse" / see also "Dom Aelred and Fr. Louis" file, Series Two of the "Graham, Aelred" correspondence file] «detailed view»
2. 1953/03/19 TLS to Merton Your most generous gift has just arrived, and I must write at once to thank you. The editor «detailed view»
3. 1953/04/23 HLS to Merton Forgive the delay -- caused just by my not having any copies of any books, and second by my being «detailed view»
4. 1953/05/01 TLS from Merton I was very sorry to hear that you were ill, that you were being purified by tubes and generally «detailed view»
5. 1953/05/27 TLS to Merton In the past ten days I have covered nearly the whole of your notes. I have a feeling that they will «detailed view»
6. 1953/07/01? TLS from Merton Thank you for your letter which covered me with confusion. I did not mean to enlist you «detailed view»
7. 1953/08/03 TALS from Merton You have already forgiven me, I am sure, for my delay in thanking you for the books. I wanted «detailed view»
8. 1953/08/06 TLS to Merton This, for your consolation, does not need an answer: it is a statement and not an enquiry. «detailed view»
9. 1953/08/15 TLS to Merton Your letter has cheered me; many thanks. If Fr Bruno Scott James has mentioned me in his [dated "Feast of the Assumption"] «detailed view»
10. 1953/12/04 HCS from Merton First of all, please thank your aunt for the medal of La Soledad. I know all the Soledad's by heart [verso: black and white print of a face with the scriptural quote: "'The goodness and kindness of God Our Savior has appeared' Titus 3.4"] «detailed view»
11. 1954/01/13 TLS to Merton your book arrived last week but I decided to read it before thanking for it. There is a lot which «detailed view»
12. 1954/01/30 TLS from Merton I was very pleased with your letter about Bread in the Wilderness. It was, I am sure, just «detailed view»
13. 1954/08/03 TLS to Merton Dear Father, how can I possibly thank you for your latest present? If you can guess the pleasure «detailed view»
14. 1954/09/26 HLS to Merton Having at last finished taking notes on both "The Last of the Fathers" and "Contemplation and Action «detailed view»
15. 1954/11/04 TLS from Merton For a long time I have been getting notes and letters from you and have let them go by without «detailed view»
16. 1955/02/03 TLS to Merton This letter should have been written before now, but I have been waiting till Father Abbot decided «detailed view»
17. 1955/02/08 HLS from Merton It has been ages since I received your letter and the pages describing your project for a foundation «detailed view»
18. 1979/07/24 HLS to Hart, Patrick I'm glad it was you who answered my letter to Fr. Abbot. You may remember we have a friend [from Van Zeller to Br. Patrick Hart, O.C.S.O., of Gethsemani Abbey] «detailed view»
19. undated/03/31 HLS to Merton Your new book with the most «detailed view»
20. undated/08/23 TLS to Merton this is too late I am afrid [sic] for your feast, but I shall try to get permission to say Mass «detailed view»
21. undated/no/no HLS to Merton I wrote to you a few days ago - just before your feast - but «detailed view»

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