Political Activist


Subtitled “Notes of a Fugitive,” this open letter by Berrigan was written when he was a fugitive after being convicted in federal court and sentenced to three years in prison for his participation in the destruction of draft records in Catonsville, Maryland in May 1968.

Based on an official transcript of the trial, this play, which Berrigan wrote in free verse, is his dramatic recounting of the trial of the Catonsville Nine. It was subsequently made into a film.

With an autograph note from Berrigan to Robert A. Wilson.

Additional texts:

Daniel Berrigan, Ten Commandments for the Peaceable. Ithaca: Cornell United Religious Work, 1967.

Cornell, Thomas C, and Daniel Berrigan. Nonviolent Napalm in Catonsville. Ithaca, N.Y.: Glad Day Press, 1968.  

This account of the destruction of draft records in Baltimore and later, Catonsville, Maryland, was originally published in the Catholic Worker. It includes a short cover note from Daniel Berrigan who recounts how he came to the decision to join the others in Catonsville.

Daniel Berrigan, Sorrow Built a Bridge: Friendship and Aids. Baltimore, Md: Fortkamp Publishing. Co, 1989.

This memoir chronicles Daniel Berrigan's work with AIDS patients during the 1980s at St. Vincent's Hospital in New York City. Inscribed by the author to Robert A. Wilson.