London at the End of the Century:A Book of Gossip
a Beckett, Arthur William
LAMBS AND LAMBKINS.
About thirty years ago (when we were all more or less children) dining clubs were in great favour.
|These were scarcely or they were only . The Lambs were renowned for their pleasant dinners, and soon had in the shape of Certain who now object (out of season) to listen to the chimes at midnight, belonged to these festive gatherings. In the sixties there was a song which was often heard at Evans's on a boat-race night, sung by amateurs, with the title, The Lambs and the Lambkins were both more or less Then there was the Wig Wam (not for a moment to be confounded with the Savage), wherein certain mysterious rites were performed before a candidate could be admitted to membership. The dinners of those clubs were eaten in the near neighbourhood of the Haymarket Theatre. They have vanished, and have left, I think, but few successors. At the end of the century we have the Kinsmen, the New Vagabonds, and the Argonauts. But perhaps the most popular of the newer generations of were respectively known as the and the|