1804.046: Lottery for Paving the Main-Street of Fredericksburg.

Published: 1804

Full Title: Class, No. 1. Scheme of a lottery, to raise part of fifteen thousand dollars, for the purpose of paving the Main-Street of Fredericksburg. ... Tickets to be had by applying to Benjamin Day, David Henderson, and Alexander Duncan. All prizes will be paid thirty days after the drawing is completed; and if not demanded within six months after such last day's drawing, then such prize, not so demanded, shall be considered as gratuitously relinquished for the benefit of the lottery.

Author: City of Fredericksburg.

Place Issued: Fredericksburg

Issuing Press: Timothy Green

Description: 1 sheet [1 pg.]; 32 cm. x 22 cm. (broadside).


The mayor and common council of Fredericksburg were authorized by the General Assembly on January 5, 1804 (Chap. XLVIII of Acts of December 1803 Assembly) to conduct a "lottery or lotteries" to fund paving the city's main street. This sheet lays out the plan for raising the first $7500 to that end. Sheet lacks colophon; at this time, Timothy Green's press was the one normally contracted by the city government for its printing; also, Henderson was a major merchant with close ties to Green, selling books among his other goods; these two facts inform the attribution here.

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