Advocacy chain letter. Pray for McKinley's defeat.
Two copies, one in state, one out. US, 1900.
Whereas, President McKinley has
shown that he prefers the favor of the liquor men of the nation to that of
the millions of the Christian people who petitioned him to blot out the canteen
scourge from the army; therefore, I pledge myself as follows:
1. I pledge myself that I will until election day, make it a special
subject of prayer to my heavenly father that he will give to the United States
a better man for President for the next four years - one who will be a total
abstainer himself, and who will do what he can to overthrow the liquor traffic.
2. I furthermore pledge myself to make at least two copies of this
letter, and mail one copy to some sister in the State in which I reside and
the other copy to some sister in some other State.
Matthew xviii, 19.
Published: Chicago Daily Tribune,
29 Aug. 1900, p. 10. "Pray for M'Kinley's Defeat." "Officers
of Indiana W. C. T. U. Start an Endless Chain of Prayer to Accomplish This
Object." "If the women that fill the executive offices of the Indiana
W. C. T. U. have their way, all over the land women on bended knees will
pray fervently during the next few weeks for the defeat of William McKinley.
They have had printed thousands of "Presidential prayer-chain pledges." Entered
by DWV, July 7, 2014.
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