Writing two days after his installation as pastor, King thanks Watson for his comments on the “Recommendations” and invites him to preach Dexter’s Seventy-eighth Anniversary sermon on 12 December. Watson accepted.1
Dr. Melvin Watson, Dean
School of Religion
Dear Dr. Watson:
Our Church Anniversary will be observed at the 11 o’clock service the 2nd Sunday in December, 1954. 1 would like to invite you to serve as our guest preacher for that occasion. I am sorry that this invitation comes rather late, but there has been some question in my mind as to whether or not we would celebrate our anniversary this year. However, I have decided to go ahead with it.
Please let me hear from you as soon as possible concerning this matter so that we can proceed with our arrangements.
I received your most cordial letter concerning my recommendations. I assure you that all of your observations were well taken. The program has gotten off to a good start. The difficult task will come about in implementing the ideas that are now on paper.
I hope everything goes well with you. Give my best regards to the madam and the children. Coretta sends her regards.
With every good wish. I remain
M. L. King, Jr.
1. See Watson to King, 12 November 1954, MLKP-MBU.
MLKP, MBU, Martin Luther King, Jr., Papers, 1954-1968, Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, Boston University, Boston, Mass.