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From R. D. Nesbitt

Nesbitt, R. D. (Robert D.) (Dexter Avenue Baptist Church)
April 19, 1954
Montgomery, Ala.
Martin Luther King, Jr. - Career in Ministry


Reverend M L King, Jr
396 Northampton Street
Boston, Massachusetts

Dear Reverend King:

We acknowledge receipt of your letter of April 14 in which you have outlined the conditions on which you are able to accept the call to the pastorate of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church. In a church meeting on yesterday morning, the congregation agreed to the stipulations listed by you regarding the furnishing of the parsonage, the allowance of time to complete your studies at Boston University, and the salary of $4200.00 annually. We note that you can not come on full time basis prior to September 1 at the latest.

We are looking forward anxiously to your being with us again for the first Sunday in May to conduct our services and to hold whatever business meeting(s) may be necessary or expedient.

You will be interested to know that today we are beginning the dismantling of the old organ preparatory to the installation of the new one possibly by the end of next week. The Easter services were good on yesterday, and we are doing well. We would like as soon as possible to have a cut or a mat or a glossy print of you for our publicity purposes for our Communion service for May, along if possible, with the subject of the message.

With every kind personal regard, I am

Faithfully yours,
R D Nesbitt, Church Clerk


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