Luck chain letter. Luck by mail type. Published - partial
text only. Trust title. Controlled list (not given). US, 1958.
Good Luck Prayer
Trust in the Lord with ... At all times acknowledge Him, and He will
direct thy path.
[The text following the quotation informs the receiver that the prayer has
been sent for luck and that it has been around the world four times. The
receiver is also told that bad luck will fall to the one breaking the chain..
One portion of text reads:]
The good luck prayer has been around the world four times by U. S. officers.
General Atkins received $17,000 after receiving it. General Patton received
$8,000 but lost it because he broke the chain.
[The letter cautions the receiver to copy the letter and send the old copy
within 24 hours to four other people who they would like to see have good
luck. The receiver is instructed to insert his or her name at the bottom
of the list of names and to remove the first name.]
[Controlled list - not given]
Published: The Index-Journal (Greenwood,
South Carolina), May 3, 1958, p. 7. ONE BANNED, ANOTHER APPEARS. "Chain letters with a savings bond gimmick have been declared
illegal but as usual another type has come along to take their place. ¶
The latest chain letter to be circulated in Greenwood emphasized 'do not
send money' while promising rich rewards if the chain is not broken. ¶
United States Post Office officials have ruled the savings bond type letter
is illegal, although names are not sent by mail but are circulated by hand.
[description of savings bond chain follows]. ¶ "The latest chain
letter to appear here has been circulated through the mail as a [above text
follows]." "Assistant Postmaster Joe Darby cautions 'all chain letters
are illegal. It doesn't matter if they solicit handkerchiefs or are sent
for fun." Entered by DWV, Aug. 16, 2014.
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