Luck chain letter. Death-Lottery type. Matthew 21:22 title. US, 1980.  List of Bennet chain letters put in archive. This L4. US. 1980.

                                (MATT: 21-22)

This quote has been sent to you for good luck.  The original copy is from the
Netherlands.  It has been around the world nine times.  The luck had been
brought to you.  You will receive good luck within 4 days upon receiving this
letter, provided you in turn send it back out.  This is no joke.  You will
receive it in the mail.  Send copies of this letter to people you think need
good luck.  Do Not Send Money, for fate has no price on it.  Do Not Keep This
Letter. It must leave your hands 96 hours after you receive it.  An U.S.A.F.
officer received $70,000.00.  Joe Elliot received $40,000.00 and lost it
because he broke the chain.  While in the Phillipines, General Wales lost
his life 6 days after he received the letter.  He failed to circulate the
quote.  However, before his death he received $775,000.00.  Please send 20
copies out and see what happens on the 4th day.  This comes from Venezuela
and was written by St. Anthony DeCaiod, a missionary from South America.
I myself forwarded it to you.  Since the chain makes tour around the world,
you must make 20 identical copies of this one.  Send it out to your friends,
parents and associates.  After a few days you will get a surprise.  This
is true even if you are not superstitious.  Take note of the following:
Constantine Diaz received the chain in 1953.  He asked his secretary to
make 20 copies and send them.  A few days later he won the lottery for
$2,000.00 in his country.  Carlo Depot, an office employee, received the
chain and forgot it.  A few days later he lost his job.  He found the chain
and sent it to 20 people.  Five days later he got an even better job.
Nevin Fairchild received the chain and not beleiving it, threw it away.
Nine days later he died.  For no reason whatsoever should this be broken:
remember, send no money.  Please do not ignore it.  It really works.

Photocopy of typed original. Annotated "College Station, Tx, 1980." From the collection of Charles H. Bennett (L4). Sic "beleiving", "we" instead of "ye" twice in title, "makes tour". Keystrokes preserved. The oldest of the "Belief" titled letters in the archive and one of only two with the Unbeliever's Death testimonial. Entered by DWV on 12/8/2005.

This is the oldest of thirteen dated chain letters in the collection of Charles H. Bennett that have been entered into the Paper Chain Letter Archive. All were transcribed using the images at The archive file names, and Bennett's Lxx designations are:

le1980_dl_wb! (L4 - the above letter)
le1980u_dl_B-L29_wb  (L29, undated)
le1986-04_dl_wk (L25)
le1988_dl_w(l)cj (L11)
le1989-07_dl_wlcj_rec-fate (L5)
ld1989u_dl-dutch_wlcj_q20 (L71)
le1990-04_dl_wlcj (L27)
le1990-05_dl-india_q30 (L61)
le1992-02_dl_wk (L23)
le1992-07_dl_wlcj  (L16)
lg1994-08_dl-german_wlc (L81)
See Scientific American, Charles H. Bennett, Ming Li, Bin Ma. "Chain Letters and Evolutionary Histories." June, 2003.


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