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From J. Pius Barbour

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Author: Barbour, J. Pius (Calvary Baptist Church)

Date: November 19, 1958

Location: Chester, Pa. 

Genre: Letter

Topic: Martin Luther King, Jr. - Threats/attacks against


Dr. M. L. King 
454 Dexter Avenue 
Montgomery, Alabama

Dear Mike:

The Masons asked me to write you and urge you to accept their invitation to speak at their banquet. I am fullfilling that chore.

I was not concerned about your stabbing as I always felt that you would not die. The only thing that bothered me was the thought that perhaps one of your Old Girl Friends had decided to take vengeance on you. If that woman had been white, I would have fainted, unless I had seen her name. I just heard Nels Ferre at Crozer lectures.1 It was very stimulating. All goes well. Now buckle down and preach and let Reform alone for awhile.

Yours sincerely, 
[signed] J. Pius 

1. Nels Fredrik Solomon Ferré was a Congregational minister, author, and a professor of philosophical theology at Andover Newton Theological School.

Source: MLKP-MBU, Martin Luther King, Jr., Papers, 1954-1968, Boston University, Boston, Mass.

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