Manuscript lottery authorization for a bridge and a market-place in Providence. Amos Allen, Sam Young, John Whipple.
Manuscript lottery authorization for a bridge and a market-place in Providence

With an original signed lottery ticket

Manuscript lottery authorization for a bridge and a market-place in Providence

Providence: 1784. Handsome folio manuscript document (approx. 15" x 9"), signed by the six principals. each with their wax seal affixed; one fold repaired; very good. "Know all men by these presents that we Amos Allen and John Whipple Gentlemen, Samuel Young, Benjamin Comstock, William Wheaton and Jonathan Marsh, Merchants, all of Providence...are held and stand firmly bound and obliged unto Joseph Clarke, Esq. General Treasurer of the State aforesaid, in the Sum of Eighteen Thousand Nine Hundred Pounds, Lawful Money of said State to be paid...Whereas the General Assembly of the State...on the Twenty fifth day of February 1784 Granted a Lottery for raising a sum not exceeding One Thousand Pounds for the purpose of Building a public Market House, for the benefit of the North Park of said Providence and also to build a Bridge at the South Side of the Workhouse Lot over to the Main street in said Providence..." Signed by Amos Allen, John Whipple, Sam Young, William Wheaton, Jona. Marsh and Benja. Comstock. Accompanied by a Class II lottery ticket (approx. 1¾” x 3¼” – 8 lines of text within a typographic border) for these projects, dated February 1784, signed "Will Wheaton." Lottery tickets are quite scarce from this period; original lottery authorizations are exceedingly rare, and this is a very handsome document. Item #55214

Price: $4,500.00

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