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City Carlton Club. — In connection with the Conservative party, and designed to promote its objects. The only persons eligible for admission are those who profess and will support Conservative and sound Constitutional principles. The election of members is vested solely in the committee, and is by ballot. Six members of the committee to be a quorum at such ballot, and one black ball in four to exclude. The names of candidates are taken in the order in which they are inserted in the candidates' book, but peers, eldest sons of peers, members of the House of Commons and members of the Carlton, the Junior Carlton, the Conservative, and St. Stephen's Clubs, as also such persons holding high civic or other distinguished positions, as the committee may in their judgment think fit, are entitled to be balloted for immediately. The entrance fee is £5 5s., and the annual subscription £6 6s.
Charles Dickens (Jr.), Dickens's Dictionary of London, 1879
Exterior of the club, 1880