During the second half of the 18th century a vivid club life grew up in Copenhagen. Here a number of society’s reformatory forces gathered. The leading clubs were Drejer´s Club, the Posterity Society and the Patriotic Society. The members met here to discuss freely the economic and political questions of the day with like-minded persons, to read books, periodicals and newspapers and to attend lectures.
A number of the younger naval officers came together in these clubs and with their solid educational background and international approach they had a great influence on public opinion. In addition, a number of these officers were members of secret lodges and fraternities with many ramifications all over Europe.