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To Martin Luther King, Sr.
18 January 1940
Three days after his eleventh birthday, King, Jr., uses a child's typewriter to write to his father, who was attending a Baptist meeting in Columbus, Ohio. "Mother Dear" is his mother, Alberta Williams King. "Mama" refers to his grandmother, Jennie Celeste Parks Williams. The ward was a residential subdivision of Ebenezer Baptist Church's congregation. "Uncle Jim and Aunt Essie" are King, Sr.'s younger brother, James Albert King, Jr., and his wife, Esther King. "Miss Rutland" is Miss Carrie Rutland, a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church and a neighbor of the King family on Auburn Avenue. "The Ray familly" refers to the family of the Reverend Sandy Ray, a friend of King, Sr., since their days together as students at Morehouse College. King may have stayed with the Rays while attending the religious gathering.
I am getting along fine and hoppe you are the same we got your letter. We are praying that you might have a safe trip home. I am doing fine in my scool work. Mother dear bought me a hat for my birthday present from you. We have been having warm wether every day since Tuesday. We went to the ward Tuesday and we had a very nice metting. Uncle Jim and Aunt Essie said hello. I hope you are having a nice metting. And we are looking for coal wether tomorrow it was in the paper. At the scout metting Tuesday and we had fifteen boys and we are doing fine in scouting. Mama said hello and keep well and so did Miss Rutland give love to the Ray familly I am going to end
Your son M. L. Jr