Some years previously to Crockford's retirement, it is said that
he found the debts so bad that he was obliged to leave off his
custom of paying cheques; and said he would cancel all previous
debts, but that in future gentlemen would have to pay with money.
He made them play for money instead of with counters, in
consequence of the large sums that were owing to him upon those
8. THE TRAVELLERS' CLUB,
next the Athenseum in Pall Mall, originated soon after the peace
of 1814, in a suggestion of the late Lord Londonderry, then Lord
Castlereagh, for the resort of gentlemen who had resided or
travelled abroad, as well as with a view to the accommodation of
foreigners, who, when properly recommended, receive an invitation
for the period of their stay. Here Prince Talleyrand was
fond of a game at Whist. With all the advantage of his great
imperturbability of face, he is said to have been an indifferent
 Quarterly Review, No. cx. p. 481.
Rule 10 of the club directs, 'that no dice and no game of hazard
be allowed in the rooms of the club, nor any higher stake than
guinea points, and that no cards be introduced before dinner.'