Stephen Fox. -- His Career Abroad and at Home. -- His Wealth, and the Use he made of it. -- His Domestic History. -- Henry Fox. -- His Marriage. -- His Opposition to the Marriage Act. -- His Style of Speaking. -- Outbreak of the Seven Years' War. -- Fox in the Pay-office, and Pitt Master of the Nation. -- Accession of George the Third, and Downfall of Newcastle and Pitt. -- Bute's Unpopularity. -- Fox undertakes to carry the Peace throuogh Parliament. -- The Methods by which he made good his Promise. -- He retires from the House of Commons with the Title of Lord Holland. -- His Quarrel with Lord Shelburne and with Rigby. -- Hatred with which Lord Holland was regarded by the Country.
CHARLES JAMES Fox, our first great statesman of the modern school, was closely connected with scenes which lie far back in English history. His grandfather, if not the most well-graced, was at any rate one of the best-paid, actors on the-stage of the seventeenth century. Sir Stephen Fox was born in 1627. "The founder of our family," says the third Lord Holland, "seems, notwithstanding some little venial endeavors of his posterity to conceal it, to have been of a very humble stock;" and Sir Stephen's biographer and panegyrist, writing within a year of his death, has very little to tell which can destroy the effect of this frank confession.1 As a boy,____________________