On pages 192 and 193of How the Scots …, Herman writes about the social clubs of Edinborough where people gathered to discuss ideas and issues.
“The most important of these clubs was the Select Society…[which] by 1760 included virtually every prominant man of letters and taste in the Edinborough vicinity, as well as a host of physicians, arthitechts, military officers, merchants, magistrates, and above all lawyers.”
He says further, that the Select Society was “A place where all idea were created equal, where brains rather than social rank took pride of place, and where serious issues could be debated with ‘the sort of freedom which is taken amongst Gentlemen and Friends, who know each other well.'”
The Select Society is our model for Koch Scholars. They served wine, we will have to make do with a light meal and soda.