A fine Autograph letter from the radical M.P. John Wilkes, who is writing to the Dover M.P. John Trevanion (1740-1810) who has put forward Joseph Jekyll (1754-1837) M.P. for Calne for membership of the Sublime Society (Beefsteak Club). Wilkes writes ñ No Gentleman of my acqaintance has more pleasing, companionable talents, more good nature, or a greater variety of true wit and humour. He would therefore be a most valuable acquisition to the Sublime Societyî. Wilkes continues that he started the subject after dinner and was initially received with satisfaction but that they are to resume on the subject. Wilkes then mentions that he is to be at the Chamberlain’s office over the next few days. In the corner he has written ñattend Mrs Trevanionî. The Beefsteak Club was formed in 1735 by John Rich as ñThe Sublime Society of Beef Steaksî.