King replies to Davis's 17 October letter. On 22 December, Davis inscribed a copy of his book Existentialism and Theology to King: “With my warm compliments and with cherished memories of our days together as professor and student, friend and friend, on Crozer campus and in my home.”
Dr. George W. Davis
Crozer Theological Seminary
Dear Dr. Davis:
This is just a note to thank you for your very kind letter of October 17. Your encouraging words came as a great spiritual lift to me and were of inestimable value in giving me strength and courage to face the ordeal of this trying period.
I am very happy to say that I am doing very well now and making steady progress toward a complete recovery. After convalescing for another three weeks, I hope to be right back into my normal activities.
I was deeply moved to hear of the genuine Christian witness of Paul and John.1 With this type of dedication and deep commitment we might well live to see a better world. Please give them my best regards and my warmest words of commendation.
I hope you and Mrs. [Mildred] Davis are well. Please give my best regards to Mrs. Davis and to my friends around the campus. I hope that I will get a chance to drop in on you in the not-too-distant future.
Very sincerely yours,
Martin L. King, Jr.
1. King refers to Davis's two sons.
MLKP, MBU, Martin Luther King, Jr., Papers, 1954-1968, Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, Boston University, Boston, Mass.