Posted by Jaclyn Reding on October 09, 1997 at 09:26:04:
In response to Gentlemens' Clubs, written by Caroline on October 09, 1997 at 08:57:23
] I know that "Gentlemen's Clubs" are legendary, but I'm finding it hard to find any historical refences to them for the Regency Period.(I'm not suggesting that they did not exist, only that history seems to be a bit thin here.)Does anyone know of any?
] Also, in all honesty, could one say that Mr Darcy spent much time in his "club"? He spends over half his life in Derbyshire, and much of the rest of the time visiting with his friends, or answering summonses from his Lady Catherine.
] Like Mr Bennet, he seems to avoid "Town" as much as possible, and only ventures there to distract Bingley and to find Lydia.
There are references available on gentelemen's clubs, although sometimes they are a bit difficult to find.
A few sources I use frequently:
The Gentlemen's Clubs of London by Anthony Lejeune
White's, The First Three Hundred Years also by Anthony Lejeune
London clubs: their history & treasures by Ralph Nevill
The history of White's published by the Honorable Algernon Bourke
These were found at the local university where I do most of my research...and the last source even had floor plans of White's and copies of the actual text from the betting books. Fascinating stuff which proved quite helpful for my heroine who was trying to sneak into the place undetected!
Don't give up and good luck!
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