Upon this, they run to arms, and after some artillery discharg’d in swearing, come to a close encounter

Upon this, they run to arms, and after some artillery discharg’d in swearing, come to a close encounter

And others more slenderly stock’d, disfurnish their husbands’ studies, and play off the books which, it may be, help’d to feed them

And thus one of them is run through the lungs, and left agonizing upon the place: or, as it happen’d not long since, the gamester is knocked down with a pint-pot, and his skull broken: he is forced to be trepan’d, and then relapsing into play and drinking, dies of a frenzy.

None of the editors mention either the name of the author, or the time when he lived

“As to the hazards, they are frightful, and sufficient to overset the temper of better principled people than gamesters commonly are. Have we not heard of ladies losing hundreds of guineas at a sitting? And when the women are thus courageous, the men conclude their own sex calls for a bolder liberty: that they ought to go farther in danger, and appear more brave in the methods of ruin: thus a manor has been lost in an afternoon; the suit and service follow the cast, and the right is transfer’d sooner than the lawyer can draw the conveyance. A box and dice are terrible artillery, a battery of cannon scarcely plays with more execution. They make a breach in a castle, and command a surrender in a little time. “

A curious Rabbinical tract on the subject of Gaming, entitled, ??? ???,- Sur Mera ,-that is, “Depart from Evil,” seems to require some notice here. It was first printed at Venice, about 1615; was reprinted at Leyden about 1660; and a third edition, accompanied with a German translation, was published at Leipsic in 1683. The work is in the form of a dialogue between two young Jews, one of whom, named Medad , maintains the lawfulness of Gaming, and is opposed by the other, named Eldad . The work is divided into six chapters. The first is merely introductory, giving a brief account of the speakers in the dialogue;-Medad, a merchant’s son, addicted to play; and Eldad, his friend, who endeavours to reclaim him. (más…)