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Club Life of London


well if it were done quickly." Although the staple of the book is
compiled, the experience and information which the Author has
gathered by long familiarity with the Metropolis have enabled him
to annotate and illustrate in his own progress, notwithstanding the
"lion's share" of the labour is duly awarded to others.
Thus, there are grouped in the present volume sketches of One
Hundred Clubs, ranging from the Mermaid, in Bread-street, to the
Garrick, in Covent Garden. Considering the mixed objects of these
Clubs, though all belonging to the convivial or jovial system, strict
classification was scarcely attainable: hence chronological
sequence has been adopted, with the advantage of presenting more
connected views of social life than could have been gained by the
former arrangement.
The Second Volume is devoted to the Coffee-house and Tavern
Life, and presents a diversity of sketches, anecdotes, and
reminiscences, whose name is Legion.
To the whole is appended a copious Index, by which the reader
may readily refer to the leading subjects, and multitudinous
contents of the Work.
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CONTENTS.
Page
ORIGIN OF CLUBS
1
MERMAID CLUB
8
APOLLO CLUB
10
EARLY POLITICAL CLUBS
15
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