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Naval and Military Club, Piccadilly.—For officers and ex-officers of the Army and Navy. Entrance fee, £36 15s. ; annual subscription, £8 8s. Qualification: Commissioned officers in the Army, Navy, and Royal Marines on full pay, or retired on full or half-pay at the date of their names being entered in the candidates’ book and of gentlemen who shall have at some time held commissions in the army, but shall, before the dates of their names being entered in the candidates’ book of the club have retired by sale or other disposition of their commissions; and of gentlemen who shall have held commissions in the Royal Navy or Royal Marines, but shall have retired before the date of such entry; and of midshipmen who have attained the age of seventeen years, and are its the service at the date of their ballot. The election is by ballot of members. Thirty at least must vote, and one black ball in seven excludes.
Charles Dickens (Jr.), Dickens's Dictionary of London, 1879