Hancock, John (1737-1793) Lottery Ticket, Signed, June 1765.
Ticket number 3787, Faneuil-Hall Lottery number five, marked with the letter G in the bottom corner, left of Hancock's signature, the left margin trimmed at an angle, cutting into the typographical ornaments, with loss, framed and mounted, with an autograph letter signed by Charles Lowell Hancock (1810-1890),grand-nephew to John, fulfilling the autograph request of Alonzo Faulkner, 9 March 1861, with a portrait, and a print of Faneuil Hall; the ticket 3 1/4 x 2 in., the frame 25 3/4 x 14 1/2 in. overall.
This Boston landmark, sometimes called the Cradle of Liberty, was originally constructed in 1742, and was witness to many incendiary pre-rebellion speeches in Massachusetts's colonial days. It was gutted by fire in 1761, and rebuilt with the help of funds raised by the sale of these lottery tickets.
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