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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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The French Revolution, 1789–1794

The French Revolution, 1789–1794

(p.108) 6 The French Revolution, 1789–1794
Charles James Fox

L. G. Mitchell

Oxford University Press

The Foxites were badly prepared to meet the prolonged crisis provoked by the French Revolution. Their leaders were busy nursing the bruises that had been sustained in the Regency Crisis and in the ongoing impeachment proceedings against Hastings. Fox himself seemed ever more inclined to abandon politics altogether, or, at the very least, to subordinate them to the attractions of private life. Both factors encouraged men like Burke, Grey, and Sheridan to take initiatives, which all too often Fox would neither approve nor condemn. In the fast-moving and increasingly hysterical politics of these years, one of the oddest features of public life was Fox's refusal to take a line or to impose his authority on his friends and associates. By 1794, the Foxite connection had almost disintegrated, leaving Fox with a rump of MPs and a handful of peers as supporters. This catastrophe was, more often than not, brought about by what Fox failed to do rather than anything more positive. The Foxite connection dribbled away because Fox could not or would not take steps to staunch the flow.

Keywords:   Charles James Fox, Foxites, French Revolution, 18th-century politics

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