All Bets Are Off:
Anthony Comstock, the Post Office Department and the Battle Against the Lottery


Additional Reading

The Postmaster General Reports, 1870-1898. The reports from 1874, 1885, 1890, 1893, 1895, and 1898 provide especially pertinent information to the issue of foreign and domestic lotteries and their use of the mails.

The webpage provides newspaper articles concerning the lottery and Anthony Comstock. The Donaldson Chief, the Christian Union, and the Outlook wrote many articles about Comstock’s raids as a Special Agent.

The Smithsonian’s Behind the Badge profile on Anthony Comstock provides a nice companion piece on the background of Anthony Comstock and his crusade against the lotteries