All the World Plays the Best of Games

One reason Americans resisted the Stamp Act so vehemently was that the act's provisos impacted every facet of colonial life. From official court records to everyday items like playing cards and dice, the Stamp Act ruffled many a Gamester feather…

From The Gamester's Song seen here we can learn how English Gentlemen enjoyed a game of Cribbage. From Great Britain to the American colonies card playing was esteemed an Art!

Gamester's Song

Good Sir do not Start, I'll teach you an Art by which you will neer missy Aim.

Be not Squeamish or nice to cut Cards or coy Dice

all ye World plays the best of the Game the Game.

All the World plays the best of the Game.

Of course, English Ladies enjoyed gaming as well as seen here.

Ladies Card Game

The Gamester's Song is taken from a marvelous first edition book in a private collection entitled, Clio and Euterpe or British Harmony: A Collection of Celebrated Songs and Cantatas by the most approv'd Masters, Curiously Engrav'd, With the Thorough Bass for the Harpsicord and Transposition for the German Flute, Embellished with Designs adapted to each Song, In Two Volumes, Volume the Second containing near two Hundred Airs. London, Sold by the Proprietor Henry Roberts Engraver & Printseller, near Hand Alley almost opposite Great Turn Stile Holborn, 1759.

Lady's Playing Cards comes from the same title in three volumes, dated 1762.

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