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L. G. Mitchell

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780198201045

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198201045.001.0001

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A Father's Son, 1749–1774

A Father's Son, 1749–1774

(p.1) 1 A Father's Son, 1749–1774
Charles James Fox

L. G. Mitchell

Oxford University Press

Charles James Fox was born on 24 January 1749, in Conduit St in London. The dominant influence on Fox was his father, Henry Fox, whose deep love for his son made it impossible for him to restrain the boy's exuberance or hobble his personality. In return, Fox adored his father and defended his father's political reputation for the whole of his career. By the end of 1774, contemporaries found it hard to decide whether the gothic quality of Fox's private life was more to be wondered at than the extraordinary quality of his forays into politics. He was clearly a prodigy. He knew Paris and London. He was the club-friend of the leading writers and artists of the day. He had twice been in government and had twice left it. He was one of the most amusing men in London and one of the most dissolute, and he had earned the undying enmity of his king. He was still only 25.

Keywords:   Charles James Fox, Henry Fox, 18th-century politics, English politics, English politicians

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