Magoffin, B. Letter to John A. Cheek (June 6, 1903)
Duluth, Minn. June 6, 1903
To the Trustees of Centre College, Danville, Ky.
Dear Sirs –
More than a dozen years ago, I gave my note for $1,000 to endow a scholarship in Centre College, at the earnest solicitation of Dr. Young. Since then I have lost what fortune I then possessed, and am wholly unable to pay it, on any part of it, and I ask the courtesy of its return to me.
The note was given as charity and in a sacred and religious spirit, as Dr. Young then expressed it “for God and Humanity.” I felt confident at the time of being able to pay it, and of course expected to do so, but as I am now unable to send my own sons to college, and since there was no consideration, I most respectfully ask you to act with the same spirit of charity and benevolence in returning that prompted me in giving it.
I regret that poverty compels me to make this appeal. And I am now in the decline of life, and beg you to relieve me of this source of worry by cancelling and sending to me the old note. Please act without delay.