Telegram to the Reverend Richard Morrisroe Expressing Hope for His Recovery.
OUR HEARTS are with you this evening and we pray for your complete recovery. God grant you peace in your distress. God grant us all an end to violence and a renewed commitment to human brotherhood.
LYNDON B. JOHNSON
[Reverend Richard Morrisroe, Baptist Hospital, Montgomery, Alabama]
Note: The telegram, dated August 23, was read by Bill D. Moyers, Special Assistant to the President, at his news conference at 11:28 a.m. on Tuesday, August 24, 1965. It was not made public in the form of a White House press release.
Rev. Richard F. Morrisroe, a Catholic priest, was critically wounded by a shotgun blast on August 20 in Hayneville, Ala., shortly after his release from jail where he had been held for civil rights activities. He later recovered. His companion, Jonathan M. Daniels, was killed (see Item 442).
Lyndon B. Johnson, Telegram to the Reverend Richard Morrisroe Expressing Hope for His Recovery. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/240900