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Two Documents from Colonial Massachusetts and Connecticut, Including Massachusetts Bay Lottery Ticket

Partially printed Massachusetts State Lottery ticket signed "H. Gardner" (Henry Gardner) as Treasurer of the State of Massachusetts Bay, 1p, 9 x 5.75 in. June 1779. Ticket entitles holder to fifteen pounds by January 1, 1783, with six percent interest. Printed letters at bottom of document form the phrase "DEATH, TO, COUNTERFEIT, THIS." Ticket numbered "1261" in upper left.

Handwritten document, 2pp, 7.5 x 6 in., Windham, CT. September 21, 1775. Addressed to "John Lawrence, Esq. Treasurer," asking for twenty-two pounds, ten shillings, and three pence to be paid from the public treasury to "Jedediah Elderkin Esq. King's Attorney for Windham County." Signed by "Wm Pitkin[?] Clerk [indecipherable]." Document states that the amount owed is "lawful money the full of a Bill of Cost obtained against John Morriss for altering and uttering false & counterfeit money of the Colony of Rhodeisland [sic]..." Verso with note stating the money was received, signed by "John Alden," Hartford, CT, October 16, 1775.

The Windham County Historical Society's website lists a Jedediah Elderkin on its "Notable Windham Residents" page, identifying him as a "lawyer, States Attorney for Windham County, member of the General Assembly, one of the Governors Council of Safety, a large land owner and manufacturer." If this is the same Elderkin as the one mentioned in the document featured here, he was also commissioned a Colonel of the Fifth Regiment of the Connecticut Militia in March 1775.


Both documents with some surface soil, discoloration, and wear/brittleness to edges. Ink dark and bolt for the most part on both documents.

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