Luck chain letter. "An Ancient Prayer" "... grant
all mankind grace ..." " ... delivered from all ailments." US,
An Ancient Prayer: O Lord Jesus,
I implore Thee to grant all mankind grace and keep us from evil by Thy precious
blood, and let us to dwell with Thee in eternity.
This prayer was sent by ____. I send it to you. It is an ancient prayer
and is sent from Jerusalem, and he who will not copy it will meet with ill
luck, but he who does copy it for nine days beginning the day he received
it, and each day sends it to a friend, will on the ninth day receive some
great joy and be delivered from all ailments.
Make a wish while writing this prayer. Please don't break this chain.
Published: The Brooklyn Daily
Eagle (Brooklyn, New York), June 5, 19011, p. 3.
"PRAYER CHAIN" BOBS UP
People of Elmhurst and Corona are Being Flooded with Letters.
"The old prayer-chain, long the bane of clergymen and Post office officials,
has come to light again in Elmhurst and Corona. Many women in the two
districts have been receiving unsigned letters, in open envelopes, with one
cent stamps which read as follows:" [text]
"Many of those to whom the prayer was sent, with superstitious fear, have
been writing it and sending it on, in consequently the mails have been flooded,
and several women have received it more than once. The Newton police have
been consulted, but they say there is nothing to do but destroy the prayer
as soon as it is received. The clergymen of the place, when asked by their
parishioners for advice, tell the women to burn it. The thing was started
by a woman, as the earliest handwriting shows, and has been sent to women
Entered by DWV, Sept. 16, 2014.
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