Charles James Fox [1749-1806] Opposition politician par excellence, staunch foe of George III, defender of American Independence, the French revolution and Napoleon, implacable enemy of the slave trade to the abolition of which he dedicated a good deal of his career. The letter was written in the final year of his life, 1806. 'My dear Lord, the K[ing] has ordered a council tomorrow at two at the Queen's Palace. I have sent accordingly Sir S. Cockerell. If you do not think there would be anything improper I hope you will come. Yours ever C J Fox. Stable Yard, Friday' In a postscript, he goes on 'Windham did capitally yesterday and with respect to the volunteers as temperately and inoffensively as possible.' William Windham was a Whig statesman, at this time Secretary of State for War who was abolishing the ballot for the militia which would henceforward recruit only from volunteers. Included is an engraved bookplate of Charles James Fox.
Author Charles James Fox, Whig politician