At the annual September meeting of the National Baptist Convention in St. Louis King had talked with Hester about preaching at his church near Boston. King and other African-American students in the Boston area often preached at Hester’s Twelfth Baptist Church in nearby Roxbury.
The Reverend W. H. Hester
37 Howland Street
Dear Rev. Hester:
I remember saying to you in St. Louis that I would let you know when I would be in Boston. As it stands now, I plan to be in Boston the week of the 2nd Sunday in November. I will be available to preach for you on the 2nd Sunday. Please let me hear from you by return mail concerning this date.
Our work here is going very well. We are getting real cooperation from the entire membership.
I hope everything goes well with you and Mrs. Hester. Please give the family my best regards.
Coretta is doing fine and sends her best regards to you and the family.
With every good wish, I remain
Martin L. King, Jr.
MLKP, MBU, Martin Luther King, Jr., Papers, 1954-1968, Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, Boston University, Boston, Mass.