Correspondence of Thomas B. Rae

Scope and Content

Series of letters detailing the establishment of the Whittington Club, Arundel Street, London and the financial responsibilities incurred by Owen as a shareholder in the club.

Administrative / Biographical History

Thomas B. Rae was the Honourable Secretary for the Whittington Club which was established in 1846 at the Crown and Anchor public house, Arundel Street, London. The "Whittington Club and Metropolitan Athenæum," for such was its ambitious name, was founded as a cheap club for men and women of the middle or upper-middle classes, and "with a view to throw open to them those increased physical comforts and faculties for moral and intellectual education, which are the most attractive characteristics of modern London life, but which, in the absence of individual wealth, associated members can alone command."

Source: 'The Strand (southern tributaries)', Old and New London: Volume 3 (1878), pp. 63-84. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=45134 Date accessed: 08 November 2011