Fox at this Period a Consistent Defender of the King's System. -- The Case of New Shoreham. -- The Grenville Act. -- Quarrel between Fox and Wedderburn. -- The Duke of Portland and Sir James Lowther. -- The Nullum Tempus Bill. -- Mnemon. -- Pertinacity of Sir James Lowther. -- Sir William Meredith introduces an Amending Bill, which is opposed, and at length defeated, by Fox. -- Fox and Burke. -- Fox sends a Challenge to an Unknown Adversary. -- The Petition of the Clergy, and its Fate. -- Story of Mr. Lindsey. -- The Dissenters' Relief Bill. -- Priestley and the Early Unitarians. -- Courage and Independence I of Charles Fox.
IT must not be supposed that Charles Fox reserved all his combativeness for such far-sounding and historical controversies as those which the House of Commons maintained against the shire of Middlesex and the city of London. He loved the old political system under which his father had risen to greatness too frankly and loyally to place himself beneath its standard only on the occasion of a battle royal or a full-dress parade. Whenever there was a call to arms in the most remote outwork of that stronghold of abuses behind whose protection the country was with impunity misgoverned, Fox appeared at the threatened spot with all his artillery, almost as soon as the assailants had opened their trenches. His prowess in the cause was a theme for constant discourse and admiration among the rank and file of the ministerial party; but he never more than half pleased the managers. North and Thurlow and the Bedfords had quite wit enough to perceive that his devotion to the very peculiar institutions which Lord Holland had taught him to revere arose from the generous conservatism of youth, and not from the sordid anticipations of self-interest. They foresaw that an enthusiasm like his, when once it had detected itself to be misplaced, would