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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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In Foxite Society

In Foxite Society

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(p.92) 5 In Foxite Society
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Charles James Fox
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L. G. Mitchell

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198201045.003.0005

Up to the end of the 1780s, the prominence of Charles Fox in England owed as much to his position in society as to politics. He was a leading figure at Brooks's and Newmarket as well as Westminster. Fox enjoyed and encouraged friendships more than most men. Foxite politics was often an extension of friendship. The closeness of Foxite society was a strength in that warm friendships made political failures easier to bear. It was a weakness in that its values were not shared by wide sections of the electorate. Penalties had therefore to be paid, and the pressures of the French Revolution would bring this point home.

Keywords:   Charles James Fox, friendship, English politicians

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