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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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Political Life Resumed, 1801–1806

Political Life Resumed, 1801–1806

(p.194) 10 Political Life Resumed, 1801–1806
Charles James Fox

L. G. Mitchell

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Fox resumed political life in 1801, but on terms. His interest in politics was at best part-time. Between 1801 and 1806, only twenty-two performances are recorded in the collected edition of his speeches. Letters to friends continue to address themselves to literary and agricultural topics as well as the continuing iniquities of Pitt. The wish to retire finally is frequently rehearsed, and with an increasing sense of urgency, as, from 1802 onwards, he became the victim of recurrent fevers and other types of illness. With the single exception of the war issue, he had become intellectually disengaged from politics, finding compensation in historical and literary pursuits. His attendance in Parliament could never be guaranteed. He had little expectation of office, and less ambition of holding it. He could not quite let politics go, but he always held it at arm's length.

Keywords:   Charles James Fox, political life, English politicians

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