To His Grace the Right Reverend Nicholas,

Bishop of the Aleutian Islands and Alaska,

the most merciful hierarch and father

From an American citizen Paul Ligda


Knowing that at the Cathedral Church in San Francisco, at the present time, there is no choir director, and feeling myself quite capable of occupying the said vacancy, I most humbly ask to be appointed acting choir director, until the arrival from Russia of the newly appointed choir director.

At the same time I consider it my duty to state that, if it is agreeable with Your Grace to appoint me acting choir director, then I promise, for $25 a month, to direct the choir at all Sunday and festal services, and hold rehearsals twice a week – on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The lowest servant of Your Grace

Paul Ligda

September 22/October 4, 1898

San Francisco, California