WASHINGTON CITY CANAL LOTTERY [3 Tickets]. Daniel Carrol, Notley Young, of Duddington.


c. 1796. Item #6291

4" x 1.75". 2 tickets signed by Daniel Carroll of Duddington and one by Notley Young. Two of the tickets (#6696 and #10503 signed by Young and Carroll respectively) "will entitle the possessor to such Prize as may be drawn to its Number, in Lottery No. 1, for cutting the CANAL through the City of Washington to the Eastern-Branch Harbour." The third ticket (#3032 and signed by Carroll) is for a "Quarter Part of such Prize...." Carroll was one of three commissioners appointed by Washington in 1791 to survey. In ill health he resigned in 1795 and died the following year, May 7, 1796. He was a significant landowner in the District and as he outlived his wife and children, Notley Young was one of his heirs. At the same time Carroll was appointed to the commission by President Washington, Pierre Charles L'Enfant was tasked by Washington to design the City of Washington; the canal connecting Anacostia River to Tiber River and the Potomac was part of the plan. While the fundraising via lottery around 1796 was largely ineffectual. It wasn't until a decade later when Congress funded the work that the canal was started in earnest. It was finished in 1815 and as these things go, largely out of use by the mid-19th century. In 1871 it was filled in. These three lottery tickets are a glimpse into the nascency of Washington D.C. Light toning and with a scalloped left edge, these are wonderful examples of two different signers and two different versions. American National Biography. Wikipedia.

Price: $600.00

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