The Select Society of Edinburgh exerted a great influence on the national life of Scotland, culturally, intellectually, and socially. The cultural success of the Select Society marks in no small measure the success of the philosophy of Moderatism in the Church, which itself was part-and-parcel of the philosophy of the Scottish Enlightenment. Political activities of the group of Moderates in alliance with David Hume and similar-minded laymen can be observed in the Poker Club, instituted at the beginning of 1762 for the purpose of fostering the Scottish militia, which had been suppressed by Parliament after the 1745 Rebellion. At first limited to 15 choice spirits, chiefly from the Select Society, the club expanded to include many more. The meetings were informal and the discussions forthright.
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