What Is the Bread-and-Cheese Club of James Fenimore Cooper?

Old Washington Hall, New York City, was the meeting-place of a coterie of literary men, among whom were Cooper, Bryant, Verplanck, Sands, Halleck, and others, known as the Bread-and-Cheese Club, because, in their voting for membership, bread was used for the affirmative, and cheese for the negative ballots.

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