Washington, George (1732-1799) Lottery Ticket, Signed, 1768.
Ticket number 165 in the Mountain Road Lottery, numbered by hand, with the President's signature, matted and mounted with a reproduction portrait and map; the ticket printed with the pieces of type for the letters "l" in "shall" and "entitle" upside down, i.e., with the blank end upmost; the left margin trimmed into the typographical ornaments at the left and top margins, no typographical ornaments under Washington's signature, with two old folds, torn with minimal loss along the horizontal fold, affecting the typographical decorations to the left of the text, 1 1/2 x 3 in., the frame 14 x 25 in. overall.
Washington and Thomas Bullitt (c. 1734-1782) planned this lottery to raise money to build a road through the Allegheny Mountains, leading to a resort in Hot Springs, Virginia. The effort failed, with Washington's involvement dissolved in 1771; the road and resort were nonetheless built.
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