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Account of the Lottery in Leicester by Rogert Hawfeilde (June 12, 1618)

In this short document, dated June 12, 1618, Rogert Hawfeilde, the mayor's clerk of Leicester, records the results of a meeting about an upcoming running lottery sponsored by the Virginia Company of London. Running lotteries, the proceeds of which benefited the company, allowed purchasers to immediately draw lots, which either indicated prizes or were blank. The transcription, by the scholar Robert C. Johnson, retains the original spelling and punctuation but in some cases expands contractions and abbreviations.

Transcription from Original

A meetinge of Mr Rowland Pusey Maior, Mr Wm Morton, Mr James Andrewe, Mr John Freake, Mr Willm Ive, Mr Thomas Ericke, Mr John Wylne, Mr John Heyricke, Mr Nicholas Gillott, Mr John Pare, Mr Willm Ludlam, Mr John Hynde, Mr James Ellice, and Mr John Nurce, to take viewe of the prices and Blanckes and nombers of them beinge appoynted

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for the lotterye which is come from the Counsell of Virginia to the Borough of Leicester called the runynge Lotterye to bee adventured within the Borough aforesaid and Countye of Leices[ter] and free for all comers to adventure there monye (poor people onlie excepted) att there pleasures from this present Frydaie the xijth daye of June Anno Regnorum Jacobi nunc Anglie etc. Decimosexto / Et Scotie quinquagesimo primo/ 1618.

Apud Burgu[m] Leicestr[ensem]

Blanckes are ………………………………………………………………………..40000/

Which att xij.d apeece Amount to…………………………….....................2000li/0s/0d/

The Prices are vicz

700/ Eache of ……………………………….….vs………………………......./175/ 0/ 0/

300/ Eache of …………………………………..xs…………………..……...../150/ 0/ 0/

300/ Spoones worth ………………………………………………………...../128/ 11/ 0/

200/ Plate prices worth ……………………………………………………… /584/ 13/ 9/

Pryces …………………….. 1500/ To bee drawen …………………….……/1038/ 4/ 9/

Teste me Rogero Hawfeilde ….