Serial 197

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[Editor’s note: Following this memo are three pages of Temple documents, including the reference letter and two pages of 104 pages of petition. The letter may be found here.]

United States Department of Justice
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Date: 11/22/78
To: Mr. Moore
From: J. O. Ingram

Subject: RYMUR

On 11/22/78 at approximately 11:00 a.m., SA [name deleted], Supervisor, Civil Rights Unit, Criminal Investigative Division, FBI HQ, was contacted by Deputy Section Chief John F. Conroy, Civil Rights Division, Department of Justice, who advised he did not know what the extent of our investigation was concerned the Peoples Temple but that he had located at documents in his files that may be of interest to the FBI.

Supervisor [name deleted] immediately obtain this document, which is a letter dated April 14, 1978, bearing the letterhead Peoples Temple of the Disciples of Christ, Jim Jones, Pastor, addressed to All Members of the United States Senate and Members of the House of Representatives, copy obtained by Supervisor [name deleted] being addressed to Griffin Bell, Attorney General, postmarked 4/26/78, at San Francisco, California. The letter encloses a voluminous petition and expresses concern “over what appears to be continuing and unwanted harassment on the part of Governmental agencies.”

[name deleted] stated there was no record of any acknowledgment this document. He requested that the original documents be returned to him. It consists of approximately 104 pages of signatures of approximately 3,330 people supporting the position of the Peoples Temple. The original document will be Xeroxed for review and thereafter returned to the Department of Justice as requested.