King stayed with the Bonners during a week-long Baptist Training Union institute in Chattanooga.
Rev. and Mrs. J. C. Bonner
1400 Kirkland Avenue
Dear Rev. and Mrs. Bonner:
There is a word in Catholic theology called “supererogation.” This word means in substance, “more than justice requires.” I assure you that the kindness that you showed toward me was a work of supererogation. I will long remember the hospitality and the fellowship.
Please extend my gratitude to the very fine members of your church, and give my best regards to the children. I will be looking forward to this rich fellowship again next year.
With every good wish, I am
M. L. King, Jr.,
P.S. The baby has not arrived yet. We are still waiting and hoping. Maybe after that I will be able to come back down to earth.
DABCC-INP, Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church Collection, In Private Hands.