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« 'Well,—a Lottery he's plann'd, with an union rare,
Where money and wine each come in for a share;
There are three thirty Ihoutatidt to gratify you,
And the twelve pipet ofwine, sirs, for BacChus will do."
Says Bacchus to Plutus—" Then give us
your hand, I'll tipple his wine, till no more I can stand; And as Jove has inform'd us there's money
enough, Why you, Mister Plotus, can finger the ttuff.
"Besides, I have heard, or my memory's fail'd,
How gre.itly last Lott'ry his luck has prevail'd;
The three twenty thoutandt, he sold (the rum fish!)
Then let us be off, and buy tickets of BISH!"
"Bish," who in the former bill had subjoined, in plain prose, that "lotteries must end for ever, likewise issued the following—
DUTIES ON WINES.
The minister in reducing the duty, so that wines may be sold at one shilling per bottle cheaper, has done much to increase the tpiritt of the people; at the same time he has adopted another measure that will in a few months DESTROY THE FREE TRADE of every person in the kingdom to obtain for a small sum a great fortune in a few weeks, by having determined to abolish Lotteries, which must soon end for ever; therefore, the present is one of the last opportunities to buy, &c.
don-wall, but become the proprietor o! many a Long-acre; represent a Borough, or an Aldermanbury; and have a snug share in Threadneedle-street.
By Purchasing A QUARTER, Your affairs need never be in Crookedlane, nor your legs in Fetter-lane; you may avoid Paper-buildings; steer clear of the King's-bench, and defy the MarthaUea; if your heart is in Love-lane, you may soon get into Sweetings-alley, obtain your lover's consent for Matrimony-flace, and always live in a Highitreet.
By Purchasing An EIGHTH, You may ensure plenty of provition for Sivallow-street; finger the Cole in Coleman-ttrect; and may never be troubled with Chancery-lane; you may cast anchor in Cable-street; set up business in a Fore-street, or a Noble-street; and need never be confined within a Narrow-wall.
By Purchasing a SIXTEENTH, You may live frugal 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 Longlane, if it's without a turning. Therefore if you are wise, without Mincing the matter, be Fleet and go Pall-mall to Cornhill or Charing-cross, and enroll your name in the Temple of Fortune, BISH's.
"Bish," according to the old plan, "ever ready to serve his friends," issued
THE AMBULATOR'S GUIDE To The Land or Plenty. By Purchasing A TICKET, In the present Lottery, You may reap a golden harvest in Cornhill, and pick up the bullion in Silverstreet; have an interest in Bank-buildings; possess a Mansion-house in Goldensquare, and an estate like a Little Britain; pour red wine down Gutter-lane; never be in //ungwford-market; but all your life continue a May-fair.
By Purchasing A HALF, You need never be confined within Lon
LOTTERY FOR WOMEN IN INDIA.
BE IT KNOWN, that Six Fair Pretty Young Ladies, with two sweet and engaging young children, lately Imported From Europe, having roses of health blooming on their cheeks, and joy sparkling in their eyes, possessing amiable manners, and highly accomplished, whom the most indifferent cannot behold without expressions of rapture, are to be RAFFLED FOR next door to the British gallery. Scheme: twelve tickets, at twelve rupees each; the highest of the three throws, doubtless, takes the most fascinating, &c."*
• Communicated by J. J. A. F. from a Calcutta newspaper of Sept. 8, 1818.
"Bish, contractor for another Lottery," during the proceedings in parliament respecting the queen, availed himself of a celebrated answer by one of the witnesses at the bar of the house of lords, and issued the following:—
NON MI RICORDO!
A few Questions on a new Subject.
A question I would ask or two;
Non mi ricordo, I can't say,
Whether my mem'ry serves or no;
But let me hear them first, I pray;
Since Lotteries in this realm began,
Do you suppose the oldest man,
Won mi ricordo, surely no;
Comparisons are idle tales,
Distinguish this from all the rest? And why do all the people say,
"Unquestionably this is best!"
Non mi ricordo, 'tis in vain
For me its merits now to say;
From now until the Drawing Day.
Its merits I will gladly own,
But folks will questions ask, and pray
If your opinion is requir'd,
Non mi ricordo: read the Scheme,
Tis BISH's plan, 'tis BISH's theme,
"Bish," in the annexed, puffs at Queen Anne's prize of "5000 pounds," as "so small." This may be imagined to have been asserted under poetical licence; for, in fact, 5000/. in those days was almost equal to the largest prize in modern Lotteries
Bonne Bouche of Lotteries. Tune.—"moderation And Alteration." In the reign of Queen Anne, when first Lott'ries
were invented, With very few Prizes Advent'rers were contented; The largest of which, (so small were Fortune's
Soon 5000/. was deem'd but a small Bait,
bold push! And at last 40,000 was made the Bonne
Alteration! Alteration! &c.
Now the Lott'ry Contractors a New Plan pursue,
All former outdoings resolv'd to outdo;
And have struck out a Plan to increase Public Gain,
By which, One Hundred Thousand Pounds you may obtain.
Temptation! Temptation! &c.
If two Numbers are drawn in a specifi'd way,
1000 Whole Tickets the Holders repay;
And a 1000 Whole Tickets a Chance may reveal,
Of all the Great Prizes contain'd in the
Admiration! Admiration! &c.
Now if you could get them, and 'twouldn't be strange,
For the rest of your life, how your fortune would change!
A Coach, a Town-House, and a CountryHouse, too 1
Leading Man in the County!—O, wou'dn't that do?
Fascination! Fascination I Sic.
Then of Loans, and such fat things, such slices
you'd gain! Then a Member of Parliament's Seat you'd
obtain! Next Knighthood—then Baronet—and in a
short space, A Peerage—" My Lord!" and at last,
"Please your Grace V
Exaltation! Exaltation! &c.
Such things are quite flattering, and surely
such are, But a Pleasure far greater remains to declare; Consider, what Power Wealth and Honour
procure, To relieve the Oppress'd, and to succour the
Exultation! Exultation! &c.
Then with Patriot Ardour your Country to
serve, For Riches are Curses, from* these if you
swerve; And all this may be gain'il, if your Fortune
you try, And of BISH, Fortune's Favorite, a Ticket you
Expectation ' Expectation! &c.
"Bish," whose bills may be? raiteai a specimen of such kind of Lottery acive tisements by whomever issued, will be ot served to have constantly addres*e<i tl»ei to the lowest minds and the capacities. One more may furthe? r plify the remark :—
THE AGE OF WONDERS.
Tune.—" Bang up."
This is a Wonder working age, by all it is agreed on,
Then push along; for something new, the public taste will dash on
"Bish" when, what he called, " The Last Lottery of All 1" had arrived, very cavalierly turned round on the government; and, on the eve of becoming a candidate for a seat in the house of commons, paid his compliments to his future colleagues in the following address:—
To The Public.
At the present moment, when so many articles, necessary to the comforts of the poorer classes, are more or less liable to taxation, it may surely be a question, whether the abolition of Lotteries, by which the state was a gainer of nearly half a million per annum, be, or be not, a wise measure!
'Tis true, that, as they were formerly conducted, the system was fraught with some evil. Insurances were allowed upon the fate of numbers through protracted drawings, and as the insurances could be effected for very small sums, those who could ill afford loss, imbibed a spirit for gambling, which the legislature very
wisely most effectually prevented, by
As it is at present conducted, the Lot-
Mr. Pitt, whose ability, in matters of financial arrangement, few will question, and whose morality was proverbial, would not, I am bold to say, have yielded to an outcry against a tax, the continuing of which would have enabled him to let the labourer drink his humble beverage at a reduced price, or the industrious artisan to pursue his occupation by a cheaper
• Charity and Patriotism.
light. But we live in other times—in the age of improvement!—To stake patrimonial estates at hazard or ecarte in the purlieus of St. James's is merely amusement, but to purchase a ticket in the Lottery, by means of which a man may gain an estate at a trifling risk, is—immoral 1 nay, within a few hours of the time I write, were not many of our nobility and senators, some of whom, 1 dare say, voted against Lotteries, assembled betting thousand upon a hone race f
In saying so much, it may be thought that I am somewhat presumptuous, or that I take a partial view of the case. It is, however, my honest opinion, abstracted from personal considerations, that the measure of abolishing Lotteries is an unwise one, and as such I give it to that public, of whom I have been for many years the highly favoured servant, and for whose patronage, though Lotteries cease, my gratitude will ever continue.
As one of the last contractors, I have assisted in arranging a scheme, fcc! &c!! &c!l!
After this, perhaps, the reader may exclaim "I am satisfied !'* and therefore, as we have the assurance of Mr. Bish that there will " never be another Lottery" to be lamented, the time has arrived for subjoining the following
In Memory of THE STATE LOTTERY, the last of a long line whose origin in England commenced in the year 1569,* which, after a series of tedious complaints, Expired on the 18th day of October, 1826. During a period of 257 years, the family flourished under the powerful protection of the British Parliament; the minister of the day continuing to give them his support for the improvement of the revenue. As they increased, it was found that their continuance corrupted the morals, and encouraged a spirit of Speculation and Gambling among the
lower classes of the people; thousands of whom fell victims to their
• See aalr.
insinuating and tempting allurements.
Many philanthropic individuals
in the Senate,
at various times for a series of years,
pointed out their baneful influence
His Majesty's Ministers
still affording them their countenance
The British Parliament
being at length convinced of their
His Majesty GEORGE IV.,
on the 9th July, 1823,*
pronounced sentence of condemnation
on the whole race;
from which time they were almost
NEGLECTED BY THE BRITISH PUBLIC
Very great efforts were made by the
Partisans and friends of the family to
the public feeling in favour of the last
of the race, in vain:
It continued to linger out the few
moments of its existence without attention
or sympathy, and finally terminated
its career unregretted by any
A few remarkable facts, which were omitted in the proper order of narration, are now inserted.
Ancient Lottery. About 1612 king James I.," in special favour for the plantation of English colonies in Virginia, granted a Lottery to be held at the west end of St. Paul's ; whereof one Thomas Sharply s, a taylor of London, had the chief prize, which was four thousand crowns in fair plate."f
A Double Mistake. Old Baron d'Aguilar, the Islington miser, was requested by a relation to purchase a particular ticket, No. 14,068, in the Lottery to be drawn in the year 1802, (but which was sold some few days before). The baron died on the 16th of March following, and the number was the
* The day the royal assent was given to the last Lottery act. t Baker's Chronicle.