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Kit Cat Club

Kit-Cat Club, an English club formed about 1700 by thirty-nine noblemen and gentlemen who were favourable to the House of Hanover, said to get its name from one Christopher Katt or Catt, a pastrycook, at whose house it met. The founder was Jacob Tonson, the eminent publisher, and the members included Walpole, Congreve, Addison, and Garth. On the dissolution of the club (1720) every member presented Tonson with his portrait.