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Merton's Correspondence with:

Ethel M. Burns; Ethel Burns

Burns, Ethel M.  printer


Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence
Dates of materials: 1958-1967, 1970
Volume: 24 item(s); 28 pg(s)

Scope and Content


Ethel Burns was writing from New York and seemed to be familiar with some of Merton's Columbia University acquaintances, including Mark Van Doren, whom she mentions seeing on a TV interview in which he spoke of Merton.

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#DateFrom/ToFirst LinesPub ✓Notes
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1. 1958/12/25? HCS from Merton This is a very late "Christmas" card to thank you for your kind letter and the Mass stipend which ["Christmas Card 1958" - verso: "From a woodcut by Gerhard Marcks for the hand-press edition of Thomas Merton's 'The Tower of Babel,' printed for New Directions by R. von Sichowsky in Hamburg, Germany."] «detailed view»
2. 1959/04/18 HNS from Merton My Masses today and tomorrow are for your intention. God bless you - I wish you many graces. «detailed view»
3. 1961/06/17 TLS  from Kelty, Matthew (for Merton) / to Ethel Burns A note of thanks from Father Louis for your letter and also for your Mass offering. If this answer [from Fr. Matthew Kelty, sent on behalf of Merton to Ethel Burns] «detailed view»
4. 1963/02/13 TLS from from Basil, Br., O.C.S.O. / to Ethel Burns Thank you for your letter. Thank you also for your kind donation, which of course Father «detailed view»
5. 1964/04/04 HNS from Merton Bless you and thanks for remembering me. I am better now - pretty busy too. May our bond give you «detailed view»
6. 1965/01/03 TNS from Merton Thanks again and best wishes for the New Year. I hope all things go well with you. Do not worry «detailed view»
7. 1966/02/07 HPCS from Merton Thanks for your kind remembrance, and I hope you will keep well. The weather is getting [verso: Front Guest Garden at Gethsemani Abbey] «detailed view»
8. 1966/08/22 HLS to Merton Your feast day will soon be here and I want to wish you a happy one. A little offering is enclosed, «detailed view»
9. 1966/08/30 HNS from Merton Many thanks for your kind letter and gift. No, I did not know Mark Van Doren had mentioned me in «detailed view»
10. 1967/08/18 (#01) TLS from Merton Thanks for your letter and for the stipend. I will gladly say that Mass for priests. I think very «detailed view»
11. 1967/08/18 (#02) TAL[c] from Merton Thanks for your letter and for the stipend. I will gladly say that Mass for priests. I think very «detailed view»
12. 1968/01/01 TALS[x] from Merton Christmas mail was an avalanche this year: it always is, but more so in 1967. News from friends [Signature xeroxed or mimeographed, but there is an original handwritten note by Merton to Burns: "Ethel- I'll be saying Mass for priest and will remember you in it. Joy and peace in the Lord TM." Transferred from Sub-Section D.2 (Mimeographs) on 2009/July/28] «detailed view»
13. 1970/10/23 HLS to Center from Burns, Ethel Thank you for your letter regarding Fr Merton. Father, his correspondence with me was brief, some «detailed view»
14. 1970/11/10 TL[x] from Center to Burns, Ethel Thank you for your letter of October 23. More and more people are replying to the form letter we «detailed view»
15. 1970/11/21 HLS to Center from Burns, Ethel I hope these articles will be of some use to you - some of them are deteriorating and when I «detailed view»
16. undated/08/23 TLS from Merton Thanks for your remembrance and gift. I shall pray for you especially along with all my friends on «detailed view»
17. undated/12/25? HCS from Merton Thanks for the gift and clipping. I hope you are well these days. I have had a bad back but am «detailed view»
18. undated/no/no (#01) TNS from Merton I tried to reach you with this at 181st Street last June when you sent the Masses but there was [verso: "Ars Liturgica . NR.7989 . Maria Laach . Germania"] «detailed view»
19. undated/no/no (#02) HLS from Merton Let nothing disturb you! Trust and peace. God is always near. Thanks for remembering my birthday [verso: "Statue of St. Benedict (by Peter Watts) Abbey of Gethsemani, Ky."] «detailed view»
20. undated/no/no (#03) HLS from Merton Thanks again for your kindness. I do keep you in my prayers. Life is not as easy and pleasant as «detailed view»
21. undated/no/no (#04) HNS[x] from Merton with gratitude and best wishes for the New Year. You will certainly be in my Masses all year. [see Sub-Section D.9 for the original on the cover of an offprint of "The Pasternak Affair in Perspective," a reprint from Thought 34.135 (Winter 1959-1960)] «detailed view»
22. undated/no/no (#05) HNS[x] from Merton Thanks for your very interesting letter and the offering! I bet Columbia is amazing now. This [see Sub-Section D.9 for the original on the title page of a mimeograph of preface to the Japanese edition of The Seven Storey Mountain] «detailed view»
23. undated/no/no (#06) HNS[x] from Merton + for Ethel Burns with prayers and good wishes in Xt [-] Thomas Merton [see Sub-Section B.6 for the original signature and inscription in the book Life and Holiness] «detailed view»
24. undated/no/no (#07) HNS[x] from Merton + to Ethel M. Burns - with all good wishes and prayers and with deep gratitude for your kindness. [see Sub-Section B.6 for the original signature and inscription in the book Thoughts in Solitude] «detailed view»

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