Representative Paul Simon
State of Illinois
This is just a note to acknowledge receipt of your very kind letter of January 27. I have been intending to write you ever since you left Montgomery, but an extremely crowded schedule and the accumulation of a flood of mail prevented it.
You were certainly an inspiration to Montgomery. To find a person of your vision and dedication in the political sphere is something that brings a great ray of hope to those who are concerned about contemporary problems. I certainly hope that you will continue to go higher and higher in the political world.
I thought your article in the Christian Century was wonderful. I read every word of it. In fact I had read it before I received the article which you enclosed in the letter. I asked several of the Board members to read it also. Thank you very much for the kind and constructive statements you made concerning our struggle for justice and human dignity. Let me also express my appreciation to you for the kind words you spoke to Paul Douglas concerning me.
I am sure that your friends in Montgomery will be very happy to hear from you. I will be sure to give them your regards. Thanks again for your interest and cooperation.
Very sincerely yours,
[signed] M. L.
M. L. King, Jr.
Dictated by Dr. King, but not personally signed.
Paul Simon Papers, Illinois State Historical Library, Springfield, Ill.