Lord Holland in his own Family. -- Birth of Charles James Fox. -- His Childhood. -- Wandsworth. -- Eton and Paris. -- Dr. Barnard. -- The Musæ Etonenses. -- Picture at Holland House. -- Lady Sarah Lennox. -- Fox at Oxford. -- Tour in Italy. -- Fox's Industry and Accomplishments. -- His Return to England.
LORD HOLLAND was neither so wicked nor so unhappy as the world supposed him. He had never courted esteem, and, while his health was still fairly good and his nerves strong, he cared not a farthing for popularity. He looked upon the public as a milch-cow, which might bellow and toss its horns as much as ever it pleased, now that he had filled his pail and had placed the gate between himself and the animal. But, though he had no self-respect to wound, he could be touched through his affection; for this political buccaneer, whose hand had been against every man and in every corner of the national till, was in private a warm-hearted and faithful friend. Lord Holland cannot be called nice in the choice of some among the objects on whom he bestowed his regard; but, once given, it never was withdrawn. He had attached himself to Rigby with a devotion most unusual in an intimacy made at Newmarket, and cemented over the bottle; 1 and his feelings were more deeply and more permanently hurt by the unkindness of one coarse and corrupt adventurer than by the contempt and aversion of every honest man in the country who read the newspapers. To the end of his life he could not____________________