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Anecdotes Of The Passions And Vicissitudes Of Gamesters

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Anecdotes Of The Passions And Vicissitudes Of Gamesters

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A stout-hearted and gallant military baronet lost an immense sum
at a celebrated gaming house; but was so fortunate as to recover
it, with L1200 more. This last sum HE PRESENTED TO THE WAITERS.
He was pursued by two of the 'play-wrights' to a northern
watering-place, where he was so plucked that all his possessions
were brought to the hammer. A competency was, however, saved
from the magnificent wreck.


When Sir C-- T--, a weak young man, with a large fortune, came of
age, the Greeks, thinking him an excellent quarry, went to York
Races, made him drunk and plundered him of a large sum. The next
morning one of the party waited upon him to acquaint him of his
loss--(L20,000 or L30,000), and brought bonds for his signature
to that amount!


In the year 1799, when the Marquis of Donegal succeeded to the
title on his father's death, his debts, principally to gamblers
and money-lenders, amounted to two hundred and fifty thousand
pounds sterling!

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