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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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In an old magazine I find the following curious statement:--

'There is now living in Barnaby Street, Carnaby Market, a man
who, although exercising the menial office of penny barber, was
in his younger days in possession of estates and personal
property to a large amount, and is the only lineal descendant
remaining of the very ancient family of the H--s of Bristol.

'His relations dying when he was young, he was placed under
proper guardians, and received a liberal education, first at
Westminster, and afterwards at Cambridge, suitable to his rank
and fortune. When of age he converted his estates into money,
and retired to Dublin, where he remained some time. He then made
the tour of Europe, and returned to Ireland, where he went
through all the scenes of dissipation to which young men are so
much addicted, till at last he was beset by those harpies the
gamblers, and stripped of his immense fortune in one single

'He then subsisted for some little time on the bounty of his
undoers, who intended to make him one of them; but, not having
sufficient address for the profession, he was dismissed and "left
in the lurch;" and most of his friends discarding him, he
embarked with his last guinea for England. Here he has
encountered many difficulties, often been in gaol for debt, and
passed through various scenes of life, as valet, footman, thief-
taker, and at length, a penny-barber! He has a wife and large
family and lives in a very penurious manner, often lamenting his
early folly.'[11]

[11] 'The Western County Magazine, 1791. By a Society of
Gentlemen.' This well-conducted old magazine was printed and
published at Salisbury, and was decidedly a credit to the town
and county.

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