John Timbs (essay date 1872)
SOURCE: Timbs, John. “The Kit-Kat Club.” In Clubs and Club Life in London: With Anecdotes of Its Famous Coffee-Houses, Hostelries, and Taverns, from the Seventeenth Century to the Present Time, pp. 47-53. 1872. Reprint. Detroit: Gale Research Company, 1967.
[In the following excerpt from a work that was originally published in 1872, Timbs summarizes what is known of the Kit-Cat Club's origins and membership.]
This famous Club was a threefold celebrity—political, literary, and artistic. It was the great Society of Whig leaders, formed about the year 1700, temp. William III., consisting of thirty-nine noblemen and gentlemen zealously attached to the House of...
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