Date: Fri, 7 Nov 1997 13:29:10 -0500

From: Alan Baragona baragonasa[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]VAX.VMI.EDU

Subject: Re: new subject

At 12:08 PM 11/7/97 EST, Monkmag wrote:

In a message dated 11/7/97 7:31:34 AM, you wrote:

And the Hell- Fire Club, aka the Mad Monks of Medmenham Abbey (founded c

1755), a group of profligates which included Francis Dashwood, The Earl of

Sandwich and John Wilkes. Their summer revels included orgies and obscene

parodies of Catholic ritual.

Gosh, I didn't we Mad Monks of Monk Magazine had such illustrious

predecessors. Thankyou for the factoid.

Jim Crotty

aka Jim Monk

Monk, The Mobile Magazine

Author, How to Talk American

For a modern dramatization of the Hell-Fire club that Bob Ness refers to,

see Tony Richardson's film version of Fielding's _Joseph Andrews_ (there's

nothing like it in the book, and I always thought Richardson was playing

fast and loose with his picture of the 18th century until Bob pointed out to

me years ago that,even if Richardson didn't get Fielding right, he

definitely got the dark side of the Enlightenment right).

Alan B.