Baltimore: n. p., . First edition.. Small flaw to the second leaf, perhaps from an old wax seal; old light folds; in very good condition.. Unbound circular, 10 x 7.75 inches on blue bifolium,  pages. An attractive, detailed prospectus for the Egerton & Brother lotteries in Maryland, with drawings every day in December (except Sundays) under the supervision of "sworn Commissioners appointed for the purpose," with one of the drawings each day to benefit the Patapsco Institute, a girls' boarding school in Ellicott City, Maryland then under the direction of Almira Hart Lincoln Phelps (younger sister of pioneering educator Emma Willard). Lotteries were a tried and true antebellum method of attempting to raise funds for infrastructure projects (as with the Susquehanna Canal, also noted here). Egerton & Brother lay on the encouragement and attractive typography, as well as encouragement for those who do not wish to take an exorbitant risk to try the "famous and lucky *'Small Fry'* Lottery." (Inventory #: 17426)
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