From Walter Magowan
May 9th 1773
Yours of the 7th Inst. is just come to hand: The Tickets in Lord Sterlings Lottery which I had of you are all disposed of, and indeed I am sorry that I did not advise you of this before now.1 Wishing you an agreeable journey, I am Sir Your Obliged Hble Servt
1. William Alexander, who called himself Lord Stirling, visited Mount Vernon from 2 to 4 Jan. 1773 and left GW sixty tickets in his Delaware lottery, twelve of which GW gave to Magowan to sell in Maryland (Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 3:153–54; Ledger B description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 2, 1772-93, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 83; Cash Memoranda, 1772-75 description begins “Pocket-day-Book or Cash-Memorandums,” 9 Aug. 1772–27 May 1773, 29 May 1773–22 March 1774, 26 Oct. 1774–3 May 1775. Manuscript in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. 24 March-31 October 1774. Manuscript in Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, Calif. description ends , entry for 5 Jan. 1773). For the identity of one of the purchasers of Magowan’s tickets, see Alexander Hamilton Smith to GW, 31 Mar. 1775.
It was not until 31 Oct. 1774, however, that Stirling wrote GW his Delaware lottery had been held in September. See note 1 of that document and Magowan to GW, 3 Feb. 1775. GW did not receive payment for the tickets Magowan sold until January 1775, when he recorded that they were paid “By your order on Mr Hecr Ross for 120 Dollars” (Ledger B description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 2, 1772-93, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 83).