Charity Chain Letter. The House of Mercy (Pittsfield,
Mass.). Copy quota two. Send six cents in stamps. US, 1889.
It is proposed to raise money to endow "the child's cot"
at the House of Mercy (a hospital in Pittsfield, Mass.) If all aid in the
following scheme a considerable sum will be forthcoming with little trouble.
Each person upon receiving this paper is asked to make two copies of the
same, putting at the top the next higher number (the same number on both
copies) and give them to two friends, at the same time returning this paper
with six cents in stamps to Mrs. M. H. Hinsdale, Pittsfield, Mass. Your friends
are asked to do the same with as little delay as possible. Those who receive
No. 20 are requested to close the matter by sending it with six cents in
stamps to Mrs. Hinsdale without making further copies. Any one declining
to join in the scheme is asked to return the paper at once, for this is the
only way that Mrs. Hinsdale can know that the chain is broken, and although
it requires only six cents and a little trouble to each person, yet any break
in the chain involves a serious loss to the fund.
Published: Chicago Daily Tribune
(Chicago, Illinois), 6 Nov. 1888, p 7. Title: "The House of Mercy at Pittsfield,
Mass." " ... is a charitable institution of eight years' existence
and good standing in the community." Entered by DWV, Dec. 12, 2013.
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