San Francisco: October 19, 1934. Typed letter, signed, approx. 11 x 8.5 inches, elaborate letterhead printed in blue ink, 1 pp. Original embossed seal. A little toned arouned the edges, a couple small, closed tears to old folds; in very good condition. Item #17272
A letter conferring a degree of Doctor of Divinity on a San Francisco man. The Liberal Church, Inc. was puckish free-thought church that first incorporated in Denver in 1923 and was prone to making a splash in the press. (Church founder and president Frank H. Rice passed out cigars as communion and once offered to make Aimee Semple McPherson his 38th spiritual wife.) Besides operating a "Free Flop House" in San Francisco, the churhc also evidently handed out duly sealed Doctorates of Divinity (as here) somewhat in the manner of Internet ordinations of today.