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earnestly requested my wife to return and assuage my bitter woe in this sad hour, she heareth not, nor regardeth ! I am ready to forgive all the past - but, alas ! though the injured are forward to pardon, those who injure are always backward. It matters little what becomes of such a wretched worm as I am ; but if you think my sad case may be serviceable to others, I shall rejoice in seeing it made public. You fee the fruits of Antinomian principles; and surely it deserves serious confideration, whether the propagators of such tenets, so palpably destructive of the interests of society, ought to be suffered - suffered in the halls of this city - or what is worse in the churches ; for I am sorry to say, there are churches, where these doctrines have been heard by
Your amicted humble seryant,
High gaming is an immorality, a sordid vice, the child
of avarice, and a direčt breach of that commandment, which forbids us to covet what is our neigh. bour's.
To the VISITOR. SIR, TF you think the following Remarks on Ga
I ming in any respect worthy the attention of the public, I may expect you will give them a place in your paper.
ist. Mr. Sale (who by the way is extremely favourable to Mahomed and his tenets) in his large preliminary discourse prefixed to his tran-slation of the Koran, obseryes, p. 124. that - gaming is there prohibited for the same rea« sons, and in the same passages of the Koran, « as wine. The reasons why wine is prohibited, are because the ill qualities of that o liquor surpass its good ones; the common ef"fects thereof bring quarrels and disturbances ( in company ; neglect of, or at least, indecencies in the performance of religious worfhip. Some good qualities of wine inight perhaps without much difficulty be enumerated; but it may be hard to say, where any good qualities of gaming, properly so called, are to
be found. And if Mahomedans forbid it because it promotes quarrels and disturbances ; how much stronger obligation lies upon christians to forbid it, to abstain wholly from it, whose religion is a religion of love, not of the sword, and whose master hath said, that, • Whoever is angry with his brother, and calls " him opprobrious names Raca, fool, &c. is • in danger of eternal death.' St. Matt. v. 22: And I would be glad to know where that gam-. ing-table, and those gamesters are found, who do not continually transgress these Precepts.
It is an absurdity to fuppose that a gamester should love God; and therefore why go to church?
It is still more absurd to fuppose that a gamefter should love his neighbour as himself; for every man that plays desires to win, and so to distress his neighbour. Now on these two precepts depends all religion ; therefore a gamefter can have no religion ; and of consequence no moral obligation ; and can be hindered by nothing but penal laws; and often not by them, from committing the most fagrant enormities.
By the practice of gaming therefore we open a door for every iniquity, like so many wild beasts to run out upon us and devour us. For where gaming reigns, the love of God, and of man cease, and religion ceafes.
2d. But when we consider the sort of gaming which Mahomed forbad, for the reasons above
: given, we fhall see how much more cogent they are against the fort of gaming used amongst us.
The game most in use, and most pleasing to .. the Arabs was foinething of this kind, “A ? young camel being bought and killed, and
divided into ten' or twenty eight parts, the
persons, who cast lots for them, to the num.* ber of seven, met for that purpose, and eleven Carrows were provided without heads or fea
thers ; seven of which were mark'd, the first with one notch, the second with two, and <fo on; and the other four had no mark at all: !! These arrows were put promiscuously into a
bag, and then drawn by an indifferent per'fon, who had another near him to receive
them, and to see that he acted fairly: Those ' to whom the mark'd arrows fell, won shares
in proportion to their lot, and those to whom • the blanks fell, were entitled to no part of the
camel at all, but were obliged to pay the full • price of it. The winners however tasted • not of the filesh any more than the losers ; " but the whole was distributed among the poor,
and this they did out of pride and oftentain « tion, it being reckoned a shame for a man " to stand out, and not venture his money on s such an occasion, (as by the way it is now • esteemed amongst our polite and fashionable
gentry, who cannot be so mean as to stand s out and not play). This custom however, :: 4. B 6.
tho? it was of some use to the pool and di
version to the rich, was forbidden by Matias .med, as the source of greater inconvénien !cies, by occafioning quarrels and heart-büin
ings, which arose from the wiriner's insulting " those who lost.” So Mr. Sale. :: Mahomed's words in the Koran (c. 58
p m of Sale’s translation) are these, “O: true bem
lievers, surely wine, and lots, and images and divining arrows are an abomination of the works of Satan: Therefore avoid-thiein; that ye may prosper : Satan seeketh to low: dissen. tion and hatred among you by means of wines
and lots, and to divert you from temembering * God, and from prayer: Will ye not therefore : abstain ?'
Oh, shame to christians ! fhalla wicked Joose, and impious impoftor forbid bis follow.com ers that which brought some good to the poor and diverted the rich, merely because it pro duced hatred and dissention and hallschriftians indulge themselves in that which brings ruin to themselves and families injures theife servants, their tradesmen, their dependants, and robs the poor of their due ? At the lame time that it ruins the mind, kindles at the irascible and odious paffions, and renders-man-unfit for Tocial, far more unfit for religious duties:
It is commonly urged by those who are fond. of ganés of chance, as, cards, dices &c. and