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OLD COURT SUBURB.

CHAPTER I.

HOLLAND HOUSE CONTINUED_FAMILY OF THE FOXES

SIR STEPHEN FOX-HENRY FOX, FIRST LORD HOLLAND -FOX AND PITT-HIS LORDSHIP'S JOVIAL CAREER AND

MELANCHOLY DECLINE-HIS KINGSGATE VILLA-CURIOUS

STORY OF LADY CAROLINE LENOX'S DETERMINATION TO MARRY HIM—THF ROSE IN THE FOX'S MOUTH-LADY

SARAH LENOX, THE “LASS OF RICHMOND HILL"-LADY SUSAN FOX OR STRANGEWAYS, AND PERILS OF PRIVATE

THEATRICALS-AER MARRIAGE WITH AN ACTOR.

HOLLAND HOUSE, after Addison's death, remained in possession of the Warwick family and of their heir, Lord Kensington,

VOL. II.

Fox." The oratory, in the high sense of the word, was on the Pitt side; but Fox, though an unequal speaker, partly fluent and partly hesitating, had acuteness, argument, and a natural manner; and it was a rare honour, even for the short time in which he did so, to divide the honours of emulation with the man who has been since styled the “great Earl of Chatham.” Fox had begun life as a partizan of Sir Robert Walpole ; and in the course of his career, held lucrative offices under Government—that of Paymaster of the Forces, for one-in which he enriched himself to a degree which incurred a great deal of suspicion. He was latterly denounced, in a city address, as the “defaulter of unaccounted millions.” Public accounts, in those times, were strangely neglected; and the family have said, that his were in no worse condition than those of

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