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Charles James Fox$
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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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Books and Domesticity, 1794–1802

Books and Domesticity, 1794–1802

(p.178) 9 Books and Domesticity, 1794–1802
Charles James Fox

L. G. Mitchell

Oxford University Press

The years 1794–1802 saw Fox develop and consolidate a lifestyle that had little or nothing to do with politics. Secession from Parliament was the easier option because there was an alternative way of living, with which, as he grew older, he became increasingly comfortable. Literature, history and an intense family life filled whatever vacuum politics had left. Fox so revelled in these rediscovered interests that it is possible to argue that they reveal the real man. In theory, Fox returned to some sort of attendance in Parliament in 1801, largely to make and sustain a peace with France, but, psychologically and temperamentally, he never returned to politics.

Keywords:   Charles James Fox, domestic life, family life, secession, Parliament

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