[letterhead:] Diocese of Monterey and Los Angeles
108 West Second Street
Los Angeles, Cal.
[typewritten body of letter:] February 1, 1918.
Miss Mary J. Workman,
711 Jackson Street,
Very dear friend:
I have received your letter of the 30th., ult. It reached me "this day after the fair". It would have given me great pleasure to have met Dr. King and to be instructed by his discourse; but, on that day and some days previous I was in Santa Barbara conferring the Sacrament of Holy Orders.
I have your letter of an earlier date. In a few days, I hope to ask some woman to help you with this work. If we had a priest with a congenial temperament the matter could be easily solved. I am as yet too unfamiliar with conditions to at present appoint any priest. We do not, however, go astray when we follow the spirit of the Church which always turns the kind of work referred to over to women. A first - class sensible woman would suit the occasion.
Thanking you very much, I am
Devotedly yours in Christ,
[signed:] John J. Cantwell
[typewritten title:] Bishop of Monterey and Los Angeles.