Charity chain letter. McKinley Monument. "I know of
no one whose patriotism better justifies or excuses this intrusion." No.
36. US, 1902.
Honolulu May 26, 1902
My Dear Sir:
I know of no one whose patriotism better justifies or excuses
this intrusion. As you know it has been suggested that a subscription be
started to accumulate a fund to build a monument to our late martyred President,
William McKinley, at Canton, Ohio. Judge Day of that city has been mentioned
as president of the movement. In no way is it possible to raise an amount
of money for such purpose as by the chain system. Will you therefore kindly
mail ten cents with this letter to Judge Day, Canton, Ohio, and write three
letters exact copies of this, signing your name, numbering each letter just
one higher than this on, which is 36, and send the copies to three of your
friends whom you should like to interest in this movement (or your enemies,
if any you have whose time you would like to impose upon). Be sure and give
the next number to your three letters: do not break the chain,. If you have
already received one of these letters, forward this to one of your friends
who has not. Under any circumstances do not break this chain.
Published: The Hawaiian Gazette
(Honolulu, Hawaii), 30 May 1902, p. 6. "Giving Dimes for M'Kinley Fund" "The
chain letter system is being utilized in Honolulu to raise funds for the
national monument to President McKinley, which is to be erected in Canton,
O. ... Judge Estee was one of the men to receive a letter from the executive
committee and he has started the ball rolling in Honolulu. The following
is the circular letter being sent to people in the city:" Entered
by DWV, July 8, 2014.
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