To His Grace the Right Reverend NESTOR,
Bishop of the Aleutian Isles and Alaska
August 10, 1879
Your Grace, the most merciful Archpastor,
To your letter No. 28 of May 20 of this year, I have the honor to inform you, the most merciful Archpastor, that the documents of the Priest Nikolai Kovrigin: 1) Clergy Certificate No. 4209, signed by the Rt. Rev. Bishop Parfeny [Popov] of Irkutsk and Nerchinsk [1860-73] on December 30, 1862, and 2) his service list No. 188, composed by the Alaskan Ecclesiastical Directorate on May 16/28 of this year, were received by me on July 12.
With sincere respect and devotion I have the honor to remain your Grace, most merciful Archpastor's
VENIAMIN [Blagonravov], Bishop of Irkutsk [1873-92]
The Right Reverend NESTOR, Bishop of the Aleutians and Alaska, 1879 1882. Correspondence, reports, diary. Translated and edited by G. Soldatow. AARDM Press, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1993, vol. 1, p. 60