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By Purchasing An EIGHTH,

You may secure plenty of provision for Swallow-street; finger the Cole in Colenian-street; 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 live/rugal in Cheapside; get merry in Liquorpond-street; soak your hide in Leather-lane; be a. wet sole in Shoe-lane; turn maltster in Beer-lane, or hammer away in Smithfield.

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 :—

pUBLIC NOTICE.—The Licenses granted by 4th Geo. IV. cap.

60, to the Lottery-office-keepers, 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 10^389,000, must be decided, and all Lotteries end in this kingdom. Government, having already given extra time for the sale of tickets, will not grant an hour beyond the 18th 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:"—

DRAWING 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, 18th 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 :—

FINISH 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 30,0001. 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:—

»-pHE LAST of ALL, TO-MORROW, 18th October.—J. and J.

SIVEWRIGHT, Contractors, most positively assure the Public that—

To-morrow, Six of 30,000!. must be drawn.
To-morrow, 389,0001. will be decided.
To-morrow, all Lotteries end in this kingdom.

To gain a Prize of 30,0001. you must buy THIS DAY. Tickets and Shares are selling by J. and J. SIVEWRIGHT, Contractors, 37, Cornhill; II, Holborn; and 38, Haymarket; who shared and sold 12,478, a prize of 30,0001.; 3,613, 21,0551.; and in the last Lottery, 1,783, a prize of 2I,OOoL ; and 3,925, a prize of 2l,oool.

On the fatal day itself the only noticeable advertisement in the Times is that of Bish, which is the same as had been running for some little time, and which on the 18th of October 1826, with the word "this day," instead of what had appeared before, stood thus, a specimen of the last newspaper appeal in regard to a forthcoming State lottery:—•

'T'HE inevitable and absolute FINISH of LOTTERIES, THIS DAY.—BISH, in soliciting for the last time the favours of his best friends, the Public, assures them that,

This Day, a Ticket must gain . . ,£30,000
This Day, a Half must gain . . 15,000
This Day a Quarter must gain . 7,500
This Day an Eighth must gain . 3,750
This Day a Sixteenth must gain . . 1,875
This Day, all the Six of.£30,000 will be drawn,
every number decided, and every ticket a

This Day, 18th instant, all lotteries end for ever. Tickets and Shares are selling by BISH, Stockbroker, 4, Cornhill, and 9, Charing-cross, who shared and sold, within the last 12 months, 5 prizes of 30,0001. and 9 of 20,oool., and in the very last drawing, 3d of May, No. 1,833 (Class B), 2i,oool., and 3,925 (Class A), 2i,oool.

The following is the record of the last drawing, as published in the Thursday's papers: "Yesterday afternoon, about half-past six o'clock, that old servant of the State, the lottery, breathed its last, having for a long period of years, ever since the days of Queen Anne, contributed largely towards the public revenue of the country. This event took place at Cooper's Hall, Basinghall Street; and such was the anxiety on the part of the public to witness the last drawing of the lottery, that great numbers of persons were attracted to the spot, independently of those who had an interest in the proceedings. The gallery of Cooper's Hall was crowded to excess long before the period fixed for the drawing (five o'clock), and the utmost anxiety was felt by those who had shares in the lottery for the arrival of the appointed hour. The annihilation of lotteries, it will be recollected, was determined on in the session of Parliament before last; and thus a source of revenue, bringing into the treasury the sums of ,£250,000 and £300,000 per annum will be dried up. This determination on the part of the Legislature is hailed by far the greatest portion of the public with joy, as it will put an end to a system which many believe to have fostered and encouraged the late speculations, the effects of which have been and are still severely felt. A deficiency in the public revenue to the extent of £250,000 annually will, however, be the consequence of the annihilation of lotteries, and it must remain for those who have strenuously supported the putting a stop to lotteries to provide for the deficiency."—" Although that which ended yesterday was the last, if we are informed correctly the lottery-office keepers have been left with a great number of tickets remaining on their hands—a pretty strong proof that the public in general have now no relish for these schemes."—" The concourse of persons in Basinghall Street was very great; indeed, the street was almost impassable, and everybody seemed desirous of ascertaining the fortunate numbers. In the gallery the greatest interest was excited, as the various prizes were drawn from the wheel; and as soon as a numbered ticket was drawn from the number wheel, every one looked with anxiety to his share, in order to ascertain if Fortune smiled on him. Only one instance occurred where a prize was drawn and a number held by

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