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At the back of the bill were some verses after the style of the " Cajolery Duet." This is one of them:—
To-day, Or Not At All.
You siill may be in time if your purse be low;
Possessed of that, you'll find no one to serve you slow.
expel; The Blue-coat boys no more will shout that they have drawn a capital! Nor run as though their necks they'd break to Lucky Bish the news to teU.
Run, neighbours, run, &c.
Although the last lottery was expected to take place on the 18th of July, it was not until the 18th of October that the closing scene in an eventful history took place. For this Bish, among many other handbills, produced the following :—
THE AMBULATOR'S GUIDE
By Purchasing A TICKET in the present Lottery You may reap a golden harvest in Cornhill, and pick up the bullion in Silver-street, have an interest in Bank-buildings, possess a Mansionhouse in Golden-square, and an estate like a Little Britain; never be in //«ny*7-ford-market, but all your life continue a May/air.
By Purchasing A HALF, You need never be confined within London Wall, but become the proprietor of many a Long Acre; represent a Borough or an Aldermanbury, and have a share in Thrcadncedlc-strect.
By Purchasing A QUARTER, Your affairs need never be in Crooked-lane, nor your legs in Fetter-lane; you may avoid Paper-buildings, steer clear of the King's Bench, and defy the Marshalsea; if your heart is in Love-lane you may soon get into Sweeting's Alley, obtain your lover's consent for Matrimony-place, and always live in a High-street.
By Purchasing An EIGHTH, You may secure plenty of prevision for Swallow-street; finger the Cole in Colcman-strect; and may never be troubled with Chancery-lane. You may cast anchor in Cable-street; set up business in a Fore-street; and need never be confined within a Narrow-wall.
By Purchasing A SIXTEENTH, You may Wvefrugal in Cheapsuie; get merry in Liquorpond-street; soak your hide in Leather-lane; be a ?(»<?/ Jo& in Shoe-lane; turn maltster in Beer-lane, or hammer away in Smithficld.
In short, life must indeed be a Long-lane if it's without a turning. Therefore, if you are wise, without Mincing the matter, go Pall-mall to Cornhill or Charing-cross, and enroll your name in the Temple of Fortune,
Advertisements in the newspapers were not, however, plentiful. The office-keepers seemed to prefer the pomp and circumstance of processions and bands and funeral speeches, to the cold respectability which was just then part of the newspaper system. Bish had many eccentric illustrations in his handbills, and some of his verses went beyond even the bounds of eccentricity. As the eventful day approached, the efforts in the handbill line redoubled, and people were provided with waste paper for an indefinite period; but there was little to notice in the columns of any of the chief journals. On October 7, 1826, a public notice appeared on the front page of the Times, in company with the advertisements of Swift and Eyton, two office-keepers; but whether it was placed there by order of the " powers that be," or was in the interests of the dealers, we must leave our readers to judge for themselves. The latter seems most probable :—
>UBLIC NOTICE.—The Licenses granted by 4th Geo. IV. cap. 60, to the Lottery-office-kcepers, to sell and divide into shares State Lottery Tickets, will cease and determine on Wednesday the 18th of this month, when all the Six Prizes of ,£30,000, and every other prize, amounting to ^389,000, must be decided, and all Lotteries end in this kingdom. Government, having already given extra time for the sale of tickets, will not giant an hour beyond the iSth instant.
Hazard was the rather appropriate name of another promoter whose advertisements are published just at this time; but they are, as are the others, small and unpretentious when in the newspapers, and are only noticeable as records of the finishing days of the great State Lottery. In the Times of October 13 there is this notice, which was repeated on the 16th and 17th, on the last-named date having the word "to-morrow" inserted instead of "next Wednesday:"—
y\RAWING of the LOTTERY. — Whereas it is maliciously ■'■"' asserted by an Anonymous Correspondent in the Morning Chronicle of this day, that application would be made to the Lords of the Treasury for a further Postponement of the Lottery, the Public are most unequivocally and positively assured by the Contractors that no such application has been made, nor even contemplated; but on the contrary, it is absolutely and inevitably determined by Government, that this last of all lotteries shall and must be decided NEXT WEDNESDAY, iSth instant.
On the day before the drawing, the advertisements in the Times showed that great apathy existed, and that the tickets had not gone off well, as the office-keepers had evidently many yet left on hand. Even the advertisements have a dispirited appearance :—
■plNISH of LOTTERIES.—SWIFT and Co. respectfully inform *■ the Public that the last and only day of drawing the STATE LOTTERY is Wednesday the 18th of this month, when 6 prizes of 30,oool. and all the other capitals in the scheme will be determined. Every ticket will receive 5I. independent of any sum to which it may be entitled. In the last Lottery containing 30,0001. prizes Swift and Co. sold two out of four of them at their offices 11, Poultry; 1, Strand; and 31 Aldgate High-street.
It is almost evident that the Lottery was "played out" on its own merits, and that the interference of Parliament only hastened the end so far as concerns the important events. Another firm of contractors put forth a final appeal thus:—