Much-loved in his lifetime, Fox was deified almost immediately after his death. A cult of Fox was developed that, in its depth and variety, represents an important aspect of Whig party history in the early 19th century. Exactly why Fox was so influential during his lifetime and so powerful after his death was a question contemporaries felt compelled to ask themselves. Fox's importance lay in the fact that he was a politician who held power cheap. He knew philosophically what it was worth. He had entered the game without too much relish, and he stayed in it with ever-increasing reluctance. Instead, he truly valued people he liked, and he so organized his life that he could give absolute attention to friendship.
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