In a letter to Rev. Henry L. Bird, the text of which follows, Mrs. Robert W. Nevin of Edgartown has expressed her support and admiration for his decision to join the civil rights demonstration in North Carolina:

“As one of your parishioners and a fellow citizen, I want to give full support to your decision to join an anti-segregation demonstration in Williamston, N. C., with its almost inevitable result of your having been jailed there.

“You are fulfilling the highest mission of a Christian minister as well as an American. It seems to me that only by such continued personal and public demonstrations can the shame of racial segregation and disenfranchisement in this country be ended.

“As you know, I have disagreed with you in the past on some parish issues. That is why I want to make it particularly clear now that I am all for you and deeply admire your personal courage in this fight for civil rights.

“I am proud to be a member of your parish.”