Russell’s Reputation

Various writers recall that he was known, in the parlance of his day, as a plunger: a risk taker, a gambler, a speculator. An early observer of Russell’s business ventures, some of which were not successful, called them Russell’s Follies. He was deeply offended by criticism and angrily wrote once to his partner William Waddell, who fretted over Russell’s antics, to chastise those who thought so of him: “I am not a reckless gambler and I will not be so posted.”