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The Revolutionary Societies

In 1789 the centenary of the Glorious Revolution was being celebrated in Britain by two types of clubs: the Revolution Societies and the Reform Clubs. Both of these organisations attempted to assist the French with what was seen as France's "glorious revolution" but what actually became the French Revolution. The events in France had different effects in Britain.

Revolution Societies were established for gentlemen of rank and importance such as the Foxites, squires, country gentry and educated men. They had the intention of celebrating the centenary of the Glorious Revolution, and also toasted the French. The members intended to liaise with and assist the French with their revolution. The entrance fee for membership of the Revolution Societies was about 10/6d (half a guinea). At this time, the average weekly wage for a farm labourer was about 9/-. In November 1789 the London Revolution Society met to commemorate William of Orange's landing at Torbay. The meeting was addressed by Richard Price who urged constitutional change in Britain.

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