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The history of the Robinhood society. In which the origin of that illustrious body of men is traced; the method of managing their debates is shewn; the memoirs of the various members that compose it are given; and some original speeches, as specimens of their oratorical abilities, are recorded.

Author: Francis Gentleman; William G********
Publisher: London, Printed for James Fletcher and Co. at the Oxford theatre in St. Paul's churchyard, 1764.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Francis Gentleman; William G********
OCLC Number: 5068885
Notes: Title-page slightly defaced.
The society, which was a "disputing" or debating club, was formed in 1613 as Societie for free and candid enquirie, which name was still retained at the time of the writing of this history (cf. p. vii) During its earlier years the meetings were held at the homes of the members; about 1667, headquarters were established at the Essex-head in Essex street, and the society was referred to as Essex-head society (cf. p. 41, 77); in 1747 it was removed to the Robinhood and Little John in Butcher row (cf. p. 3, 117) from which time it was known as the Robinhood society.
This anonymous history was compiled from manuscript records of the author's grandfather, "William G********" (a charter member) and of the author's father, also a member of the society (cf. p. vii) William G******** died in 1665, in his 87th year (cf. p. 38, 40); his name remains unidentified, though it is probable that it was William Gentleman, and that the member described (p. 141) as "Mr. G*nt**m*n" was his grandson, Francis Gentleman (who was born 1728, died 1784, an actor and dramatist, quoted in this work as author of Sejanus).
Description: xii, 246 pages 27 cm
Responsibility: Chiefly compiled from original papers.

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