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CHARLES JAMES FOX Charles James Fox (1749-1806) inherited the blood
and even the favor of the Stuarts of England, and was also a lineal
descendant of Henry IV of France. His father, Henry Fox, afterwards
Lord Holland, was a man of dissolute habits, who was determined
that his son should be surrounded with every luxury that money
could procure, and yet whose sole ambition was to make of him a
great debater and a powerful statesman. Accordingly he did all in
his power to contribute to that end, and superintended with great
care the lad's early training. Under competent instructors young
Charles early formed a taste for study, and devoted himself to the
classics, to modern languages, and to other branches of a liberal
training. He spent four years at Eton, where he distinguished
himself both for scholarship and dissipation. Later, at Oxford, he
devoted himself to the severest mental discipline and yet did not
cease his vicious habits. His favorite studies were the classics,
history, and eloquence. Classical literature was one of his chief
recreations. He read Demosthenes' speeches as readily as the
speeches made'in Parliament. Homer, Euripides, Virgil,
andShakespeare were his favorite poets, and he found in Euripides
an argumentative style much to his taste. Fox says himself that "
the study of good authors, and especially poets, ought never to be
intermitted by any man who is to speak or write for the public, or
indeed who has any occasion to tax his imagination, whether it be
for argument, for illustration, for ornament, for sentiment, or for
any other purpose." After leaving Oxford he spent much time in
travel on the continent, where his already excellent knowledge of
the modern languages became minute and profound, and at the same
time he attained a considerable knowledg...
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