A follow-up here to Thomas Daniell's gambling. It remains possible that some of the references to gambling may refer to 'wildcat' mining to find new deposits of ore as mines such as Porthtowan started to run out (always a very expensive gamble) and other risky business ventures. However, I have now learned that his brother in law Henry(?) Osbaldeston was a keen amateur jockey and spent heavily on the horses. With such a keen sportsman and gambler for a brother in law, the possibility that Thomas Daniell squandered his father's fortune gambling on horse racing certainly does seem very strong. This may possibly be reflected in the fact that none of his brother Philip's three daughters married, as well (possibly) as the fact that much of their wealth was tied up in property rather than banks or business ventures.
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