The Gaming Table: Its Votaries and Victims Volume I (of II)

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If I could coin my heart, or drop my blood into drachms, I would do it, though by this time I should probably have neither heart nor blood left. I am afraid you will find Stephen in the same state of insolvency. I am obliged to you for the gentleness and moderation of your dun, considering how long I have been your debtor. Latterly he appears to have got the better of his propensity for play, if we may judge from the following wise sentiment'It was too great a consumer,' he said, 'of four things--time, health, fortune, and thinking.

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However, as Selwyn died comparatively rich, it may be presumed that his fortune suffered to no great extent by his indulgence in the vice of gaming. On another occasion, in , observing Mr Ponsonby, the Speaker of the Irish House of Commons, tossing about bank-bills at a Hazard table at Newmarket--'Look,' he said, 'how easily the Speaker pa.

On one of the waiters at Arthur's club having been committed to prison for a felony--'What a horrid idea,' said Selwyn, 'he will give of us to the people in Newgate! When the affairs of Charles Fox were in a more than usually embarra. One of them remarking that it would require some delicacy in breaking the matter to him, and adding that 'he wondered how Fox would take it.

This eminent statesman was regarded by his contemporaries as an able, an influential, and occasionally a powerful speaker.

The Gaming Table: Its Votaries and Victims. Volume 2 (of 2)

Though married to a lady for whom in his letters he ever expresses the warmest feelings of admiration and esteem; and surrounded by a young and increasing family, who were evidently the objects of his deepest affection, Lord Carlisle, nevertheless, at times appears to have been unable to extricate himself from the dangerous enticements to play to which he was exposed.

His fatal pa. Attached, indeed, as Lord Carlisle may have been to the pleasures of society, and unfortunate as may have been his pa. It is sufficient, however, to observe of Lord Carlisle, that the deep sense which he entertained of his own folly; the almost maddening moments to which he refers in his letters of self-condemnation and bitter regret; and subsequently his n. Brave conquerors, for so ye are, Who war against your own affections, And the huge army of the world's desires. I call him poor C. I never can pity him for losing at play, and I think of it as little as I can, because I cannot bear to be obliged to abate the least of the good opinion I have always had of him.

Oddly enough the writer had no better account to give of her own husband; she says, in the letter'Sir Charles games from morning till night, but he has never yet lost L in one day. I never lost so much in five times as I have done to-night, and am in debt to the house for the whole.

You may be sure I do not tell you this with an idea that you can be of the least a. Let me see you--though I shall be ashamed to look at you after your goodness to me. The mother of Lord Carlisle was sister to John, fourth Lord Byron, the grandfather of the poet; Lord Carlisle and Lord Byron were consequently first cousins once removed.

Had they happened to have been contemporaries, it would be difficult to form an idea of two individuals who, alike from tastes, feelings, and habits of life, were more likely to form a lasting and suitable intimacy. Both were men of high rank; both united an intimate knowledge of society and the world with the ardent temperament of a poet; and both in youth mingled a love of frolic and pleasure with a graver taste for literary pursuits.

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In the midst of the infatuated votaries of the gaming G. Nature had fashioned him to be equally an object of admiration and love. In addition to powerful eloquence, he was distinguished by the refinement of his taste in all matters connected with literature and art; he was deeply read in history; had some claims to be regarded as a poet; and possessed a thorough knowledge of the cla.

To these qualities was added a good-humour which was seldom ruffled,--a peculiar fascination of manner and address,--the most delightful powers of conversation,--a heart perfectly free from vindictiveness, ostentation, and deceit,--a strong sense of justice,--a thorough detestation of tyranny and oppression,--and an almost feminine tenderness of feeling for the sufferings of others. Unfortunately, however, his great talents and delightful qualities in private life rendered his defects the more glaring and lamentable; indeed, it is difficult to think or speak with common patience of those injurious practices and habits--that abandonment to self-gratification, and that criminal waste of the most transcendent abilities which exhausted in social conviviality and the gaming table what were formed to confer blessings on mankind.

So much for the character of Fox, as I have gathered from Mr Jesse; and I continue the extremely interesting subject by quoting from that delightful book, 'The Queens of Society.