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Gambling

Thomas Jefferson's account books record a number of wagers dating from the 1760s into the 1780s. Later in life, Jefferson expressed moral doubts about games of chance.1

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 1/3."4

1769 June 21. "Lost at pitchers with T. Bowyer 7½d."5

1769 June 23. "Lost with Mr. Madison at pitchers 7½d."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 7½d."9

1771 March 23. "Lost at backgammon 7/6."10

1771 July 23. "Won at cross and pyle 3¾d."11

1771 August 22. "Won at backgammon 7½d."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

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