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As for those who have already some Notion of the Game, this easy Method will soon make them Masters of it.
They who play it well, will find the Rules here laid down so exact, and with so much justice, as readily to decide those frequent Disputes which happen about the Laws of the Game.
But as the Terms made use of in this Game, may seem very harsh and uncouth to those who are not acquainted with it, we have taken Care to explain them by their proper Significations, and /hewn of what.Use and Force they are in the Play.
Secondly, The Games of Picquet and Lottery, are described as they are now played in the best Companies. The LotTery is a Game but lately invented, tho' already in high Esteem among Gentlemen and Ladies of the politest Fasti ion, not only for the variety of Diversion it affords, but likewise because it gives a Liberty unlimited for any Number of Persons to play at it.
Thirdly, The Royal Game at C H Es s (which some maintain to be as old as Troy, and that it was invented by the Grecian Captains, to divert their tedious fevenings at the Siege of that samous City) requires Art and stratagem, and relieves the Mind, when wearied with the Fatigue of Business.
The Improvements We have made in the Games of Ombre, Quadrille, Picquet, and Whist, are so large and useful, and the Rules and Directions we have added so nice and exact, that, we presume, we have sufficiently pointed out the Rocks and Shelves, on which the Unskilful and Unwary have often suffered Shipwreck, which, with a proper Attention, they may not only avoid, but gain great Advantage to. them selves.
John de Vigney, in his Book, called Tht Moralization of Chefs, fays, that the Game of Chefs was invented by Xerxes the Philosopher, to improve and correct the Mind of that famous Tyrant Merodach, King of Babylon, 614 Years before the Birth of Christ.
In the practice of this Game, a Person meets with a great many odd Events, which give the fame sort of agreeable Surprize, that we are moved with at xhebappy Incidents in a Comedy: By the concise Account we have given of it, any Person, that once sees the Men placed upon the Board, may learn to play; but to be excellent in it, requires a suitable Genius, and good observation. )
The Second and Third Parts of this Treatise, were originally written by Charles Cotton, Esq; some Years since, but are now rectified according to the present Standard of Play.
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