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John Russell Bartlett (1805-1886) was Rhode Island’s Secretary of State from 1855 to 1872. During his tenure as secretary of state he wrote and published a number of books and articles on the history of the state.
This document contains five newspaper articles that were published in the Manufacturers and Farmers Journal between October and December 1856. These articles were the first attempt to relate the history of Rhode Island’s lotteries and came only in the decade following the last lottery held in the state up to that time.
This document also includes an introduction by Russell J. DeSimone.
Bartlett, John Russell, "History of Lotteries and the Lottery System in Rhode Island" (2003). Technical Services Department Faculty Publications. Paper 7.
19th century broadside -- Rhode Island Literature Lottery, 1831
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18th century lottery ticket -- For the paving of streets in Newport, 1752
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19th century lottery ticket -- The Grand State Lottery for a free bridge over the Blackstone River, 1826
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Newspaper Advertisement -- Walker's Truly Lucky Office, Woonsocket Patriot, March 25, 1836
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Receipt for the sale of a lottery ticket -- Scituate and Foster lottery Academy, 1818
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Request for a lottery license by Thomas Doyle, 1836
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Uncut sheet of lottery tickets -- Smithfield Meeting-House lottery, 1807
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Anti-lottery pamphlet by Thomas Doyle, 1841