From Benjamin Stoddert
Blad[ensbur]gh [Md.] 17th Feby 1774
I have a Tickett No. 5272 in Lord Stirlings Lottery,1 the Gentn from whom I bought it, tells me the Lottery is drawn, & that you wou’d be kind enough to inform me of the success of my Tickett, which if you do, by a Line directed to me at Bladensburgh, You will much Oblige Sir Yr Obedt Sert
Benja. Cana. Stoddert
Benjamin Stoddert (1751–1813) of Charles County, Md., was the son of Thomas Stoddert (d. 1761), an officer with the Maryland troops during the French and Indian War. Stoddert later came in to prominence in the development of the District of Columbia. For some reason, he added “Canada” to his name throughout much of his life.