Russian Ecclesiastical Consistory of Alaska
In reply to your letter of December 12th inst. summoning me to appear before your ecclesiastical Court on charges of bearing false name, those of calumny and revolting parishioners against you as well as bigamy, I beg to inform you:
1. that I do not acknowledge your jurisdiction in this country.
2. that I deny all above charges as absolutely groundless.
3. that I protest against the motives, which have guided you in sending me this offensive letter.
Nicholas Russel, M.D.
San Francisco, December 19th 1889