16213

WILKES ON JEKYLL’S MEMBERSHIP OF THE BEEFSTEAK CLUB

(WILKES, John)

Fine Autograph Letter written to the M.P. John Trevanion on the question of his proposal for membership of the Sublime Society (ie. The Beefsteak Club) of Joseph Jekyll. M.P. for Calne.

Published
(London). Princes Court

Description
Single sheet, sm. 4to., 17 lines (approx 190 words) holograph (but not signed), evidence of having been removed from a backing sheet, has been folded, tipped into another backing sheet.,

£1,500.00

SKU: 16213

Product Description

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.