Fox's Maiden Speech. -- Wilkes. -- His Early Life. -- The North Briton and the "Essay on Woman." -- Persecution of Wilkes. -- His Exile. -- Churchill. -- Return of Wilkes, and his Election for Middlesex. -- Disturbances in London. -- Fatal Affray between the Troops and the People. -- Determination of the Court to crush Wilkes. -- Conflict between the House of Commons and the Middlesex Electors. -- Enthusiasm in the City on Behalf of Wilkes. -- Dingley. -- Riot at Brentford. -- Weakness of the Civil Arm. -- Colonel Luttrell. -- His Cause espoused by the Foxes. -- Great Debates in Parliament. -- Rhetorical Successes of Charles Fox. -- The King and Wilkes. -- Burke on the Middlesex Election -- Proceedings during the Recess. -- Recovery of Lord Chatham. -- His Reconciliation with the Grenvilles and the Whigs.
WHEN Fox first spoke, and on what subject, is, and will ever remain, a doubtful matter. His eldest brother, Stephen, had entered Parliament at the same time as himself, and was quite as eager to be conspicuous, until experience taught him that public life is an element in which one of a family may flounder while another swims.1 Various paragraphs of five____________________