702 Penn Road
Raleigh, North Carolina
February 1, 1964
Hon. Sam J Ervin, Jr.
These so-called civil or equal rights is one of the most frightening questions we have ever been called on to solve. Cheap politicians of both races assisted by outside influences makes it all the more difficult.
Every honest American should thank God for your efforts to enact laws providing justice for all.
I am enclosing a sermon which expresses my feelings more adequately than I could ever do. I am hoping that it will be of some help to you.
Assuring you of my continued support, I remain
Murphy N. Matthews
[Transcribed by Logan McCullen]