- Monday 22 November 1886 – constitution drafted at first meeting. Former Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone elected as first President, with the Master of Selwyn the Hon. and Rev. A.T. Lyttelton chairing the meeting.
- Wednesday 9 March 1887 – first general meeting, with the Rt. Hon. John, 5th Earl Spencer KG, former Lord President of the Council, substituting for Gladstone, speaking on retrenchment and Ireland. Other speakers included Prof. James Stuart MP.
- Thursday 19 May 1887 – Prof. A.V. Dicey, jurist and Professor of Law, on ‘the British constitution.’
- Friday 10 June 1887 – short-lived Liberal Unionist splinter group set up.
- Monday 7 November 1887 – Prof. James Stuart MP, Fellow of Trinity and mathematician, on Ireland.
- Wednesday 30 November 1887 – Richard Haldane QC MP, barrister, on Ireland. (Alexandra Hall)
- Wednesday 29 February 1888 – W.S. Robson, barrister and former MP, on ‘Home Rule’, followed by Cyril Flower MP, former Junior Lord of the Treasury.
- Thursday 14 June 1888 – After the scheduled speaker, the historian Prof. E.A. Freeman fell ill, the meeting was instead used to deal with the club’s private business.
- Sunday 11 November 1888 – Prof. James Stuart MP, Fellow of Trinity and mathematician.
- Friday 16 November 1888 – first joint meeting with the Eighty Club, a nationwide Liberal society dedicated to further education. Speakers: The Hon. Philip Stanhope, and Liberal candidate R.C. Lehmann. (Devonshire assembly rooms)
- Thursday 22 November 1888 – Meeting (speaker unknown).
- Friday 7 December 1888 – Sir Edward Grey Bt MP, youngest member of the House of Commons, and W.R. Kennedy QC.
- Wednesday 6 March 1889 – Sir George Trevelyan MP Bt, on Ireland.
- Wednesday 1 May 1889 – Presidential address: Earl Spencer, on Home Rule.
- Thursday 30 May 1889 – First joint annual dinner with the Eighty Club, chaired by the Rt Hon. Lord Kensington. Speaker: The Rt. Hon. Lord Herschell GCB QC, former Lord Chancellor, on the “Irish Question”. These dinners would continue all the way through until the late 1950s.
- Wednesday 20 November 1889 – Oscar Wilde, author, wit, and bon vivant, and Lord (Robert) Monkswell. Invitation-only. (Gonville and Caius)