Gambling

Although Thomas Jefferson expressed moral doubts about "some [games of chance]" late in life,[1] there are a number of records of wagers in his account books.

Primary Source References

1768 August 20. "Won shooting 1/6"[2]

1769 March 18. "Lost with R. Harvie at cross & pyle 1/."[3]

1769 March 24. "Lost with J. Madison at Pitchers."[4]

1769 June 21. "Lost at pitchers with T. Bowyer 7 1/2 d."[5]

1769 June 23. "Lost with Mr. Madison at pitchers 7 1/2d."[6]

1769 September 30. "Lost shooting at Moon's muster 2/6." [7]

1770 July 11. "Lost at backgammon 1/3."[8]

1770 November 21. "Won at Backgammon 7 1/2d."[9]

1771 March 23. "Lost at backgammon 7/5."[10]

1771 July 23. "Won at cross and pyle 3 d."[11]

1771 August 22. "Won at backgammon 7 1/2d."[12]

1771 August 30. "Won of TMRandolph at Backgammon 1/3."[13]

1778 March 17. "Won of do. 1/3."[14]

1785 October 23. "Lost at lotto at Sanois 18s."[15]

Footnotes

  1. Thomas Jefferson. "Thoughts on Lotteries. February 1826." Ford, 12:436.
  2. MB, 1:81.
  3. Cross & pyle is a coin tossing game. Ibid., 1:139.
  4. Pitchers is a game where coins, stones, or horseshoes are thrown at a target. Ibid, 1:140.
  5. Ibid., 1:144.
  6. Ibid.
  7. Ibid, 1:150.
  8. Ibid, 1:206.
  9. Ibid, 1:212.
  10. Ibid, 1:252.
  11. Ibid, 1:257.
  12. Ibid, 1:259.
  13. Ibid.
  14. Ibid, 1:461.
  15. Ibid, 1:598.

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