?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 600 - $ 900
PUTNAM, RUFUS. Partly-printed Document Signed, as lottery Co-Manager, a Massachusetts land lottery ticket, No. 1888. Countersigned by lottery Co-Manager Leo Jarvis. Verso unaccomplished. 4 1/4x5 1/2 inches; silked on verso, separation at vertical fold with minor loss to "fu" of signature, small hole at upper left with minor loss to text. [Boston], 9 November 1786
The Land Lottery was established by the Massachusetts General Court in 1786 for the purpose of raising revenue and settling public lands; this ticket likely corresponded to a plot in the Lincoln County area of the District of Maine. Rufus Putnam (1738-1824) served as Brigadier General during the Revolution, was instrumental in designing fortifications at several key battles, founded the Ohio Company after the war, and was later appointed the first Surveyor General of the United States.
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