Letter – Rev. Gill to Liberal Christian Church (Decline Candidate Offer)

John Glanville Gill, Minister
Telephone 2-2462

Founded 1837
First Unitarian Church
Third and Alby Streets
Alton, Illinois                     June 12, 1947

Mr. Harry A Bromley

Dear Mr. Bromley,

I am writing to decline your kind offer to candidate in Atlanta, though I confess that it appeals to me very much, the more so since I am a southerner in exile, so to speak; while many of my ideals and ideas have changed, my affections have not. A live Unitarian church such as yours, in the South, would be a very exciting prospect.

I have so many irons in the fire here – with plans made ahead for the year to come, and having been here just long enough to have a core of new people of particular friends in, or just barely outside the church, that I am like the person three quarters through the detective story — I want to see how the whole thing turns out.

It would be fun, I know, to go to Atlanta to meet you and the members of your parish. The nearness of the colleges too, all these things have made me pause before writing, but finding the right man for your church is too important to delay. I hope we will meet at some not too distant future and I can think you personally for thinking of me.

Sincerely yours,


John G. Gill

Physical Archive: UUCA Box: 26   Folder: 10
Citation: Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta Records, RG 026, Archives and Manuscripts Dept., Pitts Theology Library, Emory University, Atlanta GA

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